Top Line: Special teams power Pens, Kings to Game 1 victories; more links
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Ottawa's special teams, on the other hand...
• Boston's ability to raise its game will reveal the real character of this team.
• Here's a nice look back to a time when the Boston-New York rivalry was one of the best in hockey.
• The Rangers are playing an ugly style of hockey, but as long as they're winning, it looks beautiful to their fans.
• Here are the 10 keys to the Detroit-Chicago series.
• This series means as much to the cities of Chicago and Detroit as it does to the game.
• The Hawks have something of a roster controversy on their hands with the demotion of Viktor Stalberg off their top four lines.
• Because justice must not be cruel or unusual, an Ontario judge took an unusual step ahead of Boston vs. Toronto Game 7.
• Since we will never, ever get tired of talking about that game, here's a unique take on exactly how the Leafs choked it all away.
• Each spring is beginning to feel depressingly familiar for Washington's fans.
• With three jobs up for grabs on Canada's Olympic team, goaltender Mike Smith is building his case with a strong performance at the World Championships. How he plays in the medal round, which starts today, could tell the tale.
• Dave Bidini is covering the World Championships for the National Post. If you don't already make it a point to read everything he writes, start here.
• St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong describes his team's goaltending situation as "cloudy." That may be a polite way of saying that Jaro Halak's attitude problem is giving him more grief than the tender's spotty play. Who knows? • Despite the league's reputation as junior hockey's poor relation, the QMJHL has a chance to claim a third straight Memorial Cup thanks to a powerhouse Halifax Mooseheads squad.