Top Line: Sidney Crosby's clinic; Raffi Torres gets jobbed; more links
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• The Senators can only hope to find another level when they return home for Games 3 and 4 or this series could be very short.
• So, do you think Ottawa has a goalie controversy heading into Game 3?
• Detroit needs to figure out how to get Johan Franzen a little grumpy if they want to see his best effort in Game 2.
• Since balance isn't working for Chicago's struggling power play, Joel Quenneville is ready to throw his All-Star eggs into one basket.
• He didn't have much to do in the opener, but Corey Crawford expects to play a larger role as the series against Detroit progresses. That's nice and all, but he may want to bring a crossword puzzle or something, just in case.
• Just on principle, I can't write that Marc Staal is eying a return in Game 2. Wait...ah, dang it!
• With an 0-3 overtime record this spring, the Rangers need to keep Game 2 within the confines of 60 minutes.
• Brad Richards has been reduced to bit-player status for the Rangers. It's not even about a wake-up call or jump starting his game at this point. More like, "Sit over here out of the way and try not to hurt yourself."
• So, how's home ice working out for ya so far?
• Is Paul Stastny the answer to Toronto's need for a No. 1 center? Howard Berger ignores the line of Colorado fans willing to drive Stastny to the airport and makes his case.
• Unless there's a height requirement for the Hall of Fame, this guy is a shoo-in.
• The rusty Blades of Saskatoon gave the London Knights all they could handle in the opening game of the Memorial Cup.• Halifax star Zach Fucale may be the solution to Team Canada's greatest problem. First, though, he needs to solve Seth Jones and the Portland Winterhawks in tonight's must-watch Memorial Cup match.