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.