Top Line: Pens are tough, Fiberglass Face may be tougher; more links
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• One look at Colin Greening's face proves how far a player will go to win in the playoffs.
• Forget what opposing fans say. This player has proven himself to be one of the toughest in hockey with his performance in these playoffs.
• With a win, and Jason Spezza back in the lineup, there is hope in Ottawa.
• All the postgame whining by the Kings and Sharks suggests that neither team has been all that happy with the officiating in the series. I've found that making fewer stupid decisions on the ice usually removes concern about the refs from the equation.
• Injuries continue to wreak havoc with the Sharks' lineup.
• The enthusiasm of the young Red Wings is keeping the job fun for Detroit coach Mike Babcock. Of course, it's easy to have fun with the kids when they're doing exactly what he tells them to do.
• The Rangers came back from down 2-0 to beat Washington in the first round, so they know it can be done. They just have to stop leaning so heavily on Henrik Lundqvist if they want to take four-of-five from the Bruins.
• Jack Todd explains why everyone in Canada hates Toronto.
• A pair of late additions helped Sweden become the first host country in 27 years to win the World Hockey Championship.
• After sitting on the sidelines for two months, the host Saskatoon Blades were expected to be road kill at this year's Memorial Cup. It didn't work out that way.
• The Montreal Canadiens know they have to get bigger if they want to take a step forward next season. That process could start at the draft. • Ales Hemsky has likely played his last game as an Edmonton Oiler.