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Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson The Penguins put two power play goals and a shortie behind Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson in Game 1. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:

• Pittsburgh's power play and penalty kill set the table for a decisive Game 1 win over the Senators.

• Ottawa's special teams, on the other hand...

• Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson promises that adjustments will be made after his team's weak Game 1 effort.

• The Kings almost blew their opener because they didn't know how to handle a two-goal lead, writes Helene Elliott.

• The Sharks may have outshot the Kings, 35-20, but they didn't do the one thing they had to in order to beat the champs.

Raffi Torres' hit on Jarret Stoll has some wondering if he's really changed his ways at all.

• San Jose fourth-liner Bracken Kearns doesn't just have the best name in hockey, he has the coolest back story.

• The Bruins know that first-round heroics don't necessarily carry over to the second. Boston needs to find a higher level on a consistent basis if it wants to avoid being blown out by the Rangers.

• 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.

• Sounds like the Red Wings couldn't be happier about playing Chicago in the second round, although I suppose if you get to Game 7 in the first, you'll be thrilled to play anyone in the second.

• 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.

• After another early playoff exit, it sounds like the Capitals need the help of their own psychologist...or maybe a few guys who actually know how to win.

• 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.

• Vancouver's fans should take issue with the postmortem comments by captain Henrik Sedin.

• Sounds like there might be a feud brewing in Vancouver between the Canucks and the WHL Giants.

• 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.
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