Top Line: Seabrook saves Hawks and the NHL; Tortorella fallout; more links
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• "When I have that much room, I usually screw up or trip and fall," said Chicago's Brent Seabrook of his Game 7 overtime heroics.
• If not for Seabrook's goal, the NHL was on the path to ridicule and scorn as a result of Stephen Walkom's Denkinger-esque blown call.
• Seabrook was a fitting hero for a Chicago team that had been written off after going down 3-1 in the series.
• One of the best parts of Detroit's playoff run was the chance to read the hockey thoughts of the great Mitch Albom. Here he is on Game 7.
• A brilliant coaching job by Mike Babcock makes him the only choice for Team Canada at Sochi. Yes, every hockey story in Canada somehow revolves around Sochi.
• Here's your first look at the Blackhawks vs. Kings Western Conference Final. Might be a good one, eh?
• Here's the best column I read on the firing of John Tortorella, by the always solid Nick Cotsonika.
• There hasn't exactly been an outpouring of support for Torts in the wake of his dismissal. A few former players, including the always quotable Sean Avery, shared their thoughts.
• No one will remember his early struggles if Tyler Seguin shows up for the Eastern Conference Final. So, it might be a good idea for someone to let him know the this thing's kind of important, OK?
• In Toronto, they're saying the only difference between the Maple Leafs and the Eastern Conference finalist Boston Bruins is Zdeno Chara. The Leafs need a similar franchise-altering free agent signing to take the next step.
• It's come to this: Canada's goaltending crisis has sparked serious talk about banning European puckstoppers from playing in the CHL. Considering how few opportunities there are for young Canadian netminders, this is likely to gain traction fast. • The story of Clint Marlarchuk and his recovery from a life-threatening throat injury is the focus a 30 For 30 documentary short. See it here. Warning: Not Safe For the Squeamish.