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Jonathan Toews scored one of two power-play goals that sparked Chicago's Game 5 win. (Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)Jonathan Toews scored one of two power-play goals that sparked Chicago's Game 5 win. (Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:

• The Blackhawks quieted talk of what an epic failure their season was on the verge of becoming...but only until Game 6.

• Chicago's first power-play goal in 13 tries turned Game 5 in their favor. Now it might do the same for the series.

• The Red Wings now realize that a lack of discipline and poor penalty killing is hockey's equivalent to going through life fat, drunk and stupid.

• Detroit's veterans are stressing that staying loosed but composed will be the key to winning Game 6.

• After scoring his first goal of the postseason, a confident Jonathan Toews is ready to lead the confident Blackhawks into Game 6.

• No need to worry about Boston's fragile psyche after the Bruins rebounded from a bumbling Game 4 loss to clinch the series with an authoritative win in Game 5.

• It's not often that Irving Berlin gets namechecked in the lede to a hockey story these days, so you might want to click over to see what the legendary composer has to do with the Boston Bruins.

The speed of rookie Torey Krug was a difference maker in Boston's win over the Rangers. Can he have the same impact against Pittsburgh?

• This series proved the Rangers organization took a significant step back this season. And now they face the possibility of losing Henrik Lundqvist in a year's time. Without him, they're basically the Florida Panthers North, right?

• The Rangers acquired a huge part of their future from the Blue Jackets this season. And it wasn't Rick Nash.

• You don't suppose this Jarome Iginla vs. Jaromir Jagr storyline is going to gain any traction, do you?

Jeff Carter is a world-class sniper, but it's in his second role that he might prove most valuable tonight against the Sharks.

• San Jose's top forwards know that they have to be better tonight if they want to push this series to Game 7.

• It might help if they stopped treating L.A.'s defensemen like the velvet rope at some trendy nightclub. Time to crash the party or go home.

• The Sharks could get a key forward back in the lineup for tonight's must-win game.

• Heading into the Ottawa series, the conventional wisdom held that Marc-Andre Fleury would get a shot to earn his place between the pipes. But after a strong performance in the five-game series against the Senators, Tomas Vokoun is now Pittsburgh's No. 1 goalie.

• Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero assesses the state of his team heading into their meeting with the Bruins.

• Here's a great read on Dan Bylsma and the grief he's had to internalize during the playoffs.

• Has Daniel Alfredsson made a decision about retirement?

• He knew he had all summer to heal, so this player pushed himself to return to the lineup hoping to help his team, even though he was nowhere near physically ready.

• The Vancouver Canucks have secured permission to talk to one of hockey most promising coaches about their vacancy.

• Don Cherry says Hockey Canada is taking the road paved with good intentions by making the call to remove hitting from peewee hockey yesterday. Can't say I agree with him on this one.

• Not to take anything away from the Sharks/Kings matchup, but Halifax vs. Portland for the Memorial Cup is the must-watch game of the day. The final showdown between Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin will be shown live on the NHL Network in the U.S. at 8 p.m.

• Damien Cox points out that Portland's success is proof that cheaters sometimes prosper.
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