Top Line: Kings' road is a hard one; Rangers desert their King; more links
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• The Kings are finding the road to the 2013 Stanley Cup is a lot more difficult than the one they took last season.
• Boston was led to victory by a hard-working fourth line. Seriously, acquiring these guys may go down as one of the greatest achievements of GM Peter Chiarelli's career.
• Is this Hawgie Hockey, Part II? Wait...you don't remember Hawgie Hockey???
• Pierre McGuire delivered the line of his career last night after a confrontation with John Tortorella. Even his legion of haters had to admire this one.
• The Pens are hoping to get a spark from the return of Jussi Jokinen. Wait...really? Sid and Geno are still planning on showing up, right?
• There's no doubt who Dan Bylsma will start in goal for the Pens.
• TSN offered up its Top-10 Pavel Datsyuk moments last night. Guess he has a little natural talent after all, eh Glenn Healy?
• If the Blackhawks don't look like themselves in this series, here's why.
• Surprise! Pending RFA Alex Burmistrov wants out of Winnipeg. The onus now is on GM Kevin Cheveldayoff to deal him for a return equal to the value of the former eighth overall pick.
• So, the new arena in Edmonton is supposed to be pretty good.
• The Dallas Stars will reveal their new logo and uniforms at a special event on June 4. The team also promised a special surprise. Their fans are hoping it is an announcement that the Western Conference will allow nine teams into the playoffs next year, because otherwise... • The Halifax Mooseheads finally showed up at the Memorial Cup, lighting up the London Knights for nine goals in a decisive win. Meh, the Windsor Spitfires scored that many twice in the 2010 tournament. Let's see the Moosheads do it again.