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.