Top Line: Spezza returns; Sharks, Wings swing momentum their way; more links
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• With the series hanging in the balance, the Senators should get a boost from the return of Jason Spezza. Just keep in mind, Sens fans, that the guy hasn't played in almost four months. Adrenalin might get him through the first game. After that, he might be just a guy with no legs for this pace.
• The Penguins boast the star power and the experience to take control of this series. But don't give up on the pesky Sens just yet.
• No, wait ... go ahead and give up.
• Toronto talked about it, but Pittsburgh made it happen. Awesome.
• Playing the right type of game earned Detroit the Game 2 win, not the referees.
• The Hawks weren't the only team whining about the officiating Saturday night. The Kings weren't too happy, either. I'm guessing their emotional reaction subsides once they watch the game tape.
• He has the skill, of course, but it's Henrik Zetterberg's wortk ethic that that makes him the ideal captain for these Red Wings.
• Hey, John Tortorella: Please tell us what you really think about this player and his contributions to the power play. And please, do not mince words.
• Yet to score his first goal of the playoffs, Jaromir Jagr would like to help more as the series moves forward. Maybe he could talk Dallas into returning Lane MacDermid, Cody Payne and that maybe-first round draft pick to Boston. That would help.
• Steve Simmons explains why the Maple Leafs lost Game 7 in his Sunday column. Yes, they're still dwelling on this in Toronto.
• In the Memorial Cup showdown between the top two prospects in this year's draft, this guy emerged as the clear and obvious winner. • Eric Staal and the Carolina Hurricanes dodged a bullet at the World Championships. Or, more accurately, the bullet passed through them without striking any major organs.