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.