Top Line: Kings advance; Joe Sakic takes over in Colorado; more links
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• No one ever shoots when the crowds screams for him to ... except this once. The decision paid off, as Dustin Penner's long blast with two-tenths of a click remaining on the clock served as the clincher as the Kings knocked off the Blues.
• Solid piece from Bernie Miklasz on what went wrong this time for a St. Louis team that always finds a way to break the hearts of its fans.
• It hasn't been easy to be an Avs fan lately, but winning the first overall pick in the draft and now getting Joe Sakic in charge of hockey operations in Denver probably makes this the best postseason since they last won the Cup.
• In order to advance past the Caps, the Rangers will have to win a Game 7 on the road for the first time in franchise history. But to get to that contest, they'll need more from floundering forwards Rick Nash and Brad Richards.
• The Bruins know how brutal they were in Game 5, and they're happy to talk about it.
• The name might not ring a bell, but Bob Lemieux sure rang a few as an enforcer with the Oakland Seals. He's now on a crusade to spread awareness about the impact of fighting and concussions in hockey. Terrific story.
• Connect the dots, Pat Hickey writes, and you can make the case that Montreal's season was doomed by a key injury...but not the one you think.
• After two dissatisfying springs and with unrestricted free agency on the horizon, making the right decision about the future of the Sedins is more important to the Vancouver Canucks than dealing with Roberto Luongo.• GM Chuck Fletcher and coach Mike Yeo appear to be safe after a swift post-season exit, but there are changes coming to the roster of the Minnesota Wild.