By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Evgeni Malkin fighting Patrice Bergeron. Sidney Crosby taking a shot at Tuukka Rask as he heads to the bench. Safe to say the Penguins strayed a bit from the plan in Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Bruins.
• In Pittsburgh, they're saying that Rask got his share of lucky bounces on the way to shutting out the Pens. Which pretty much describes any shutout by any goaltender ever.
• There's no need to panic in Pittsburgh, writes Dejan Kovacevic.
• The one advantage Boston was supposed to have in this series was between the pipes. Rask showed why last night.
• Whining about the officials shows how far the Bruins knocked the Pens off their game.
• Here's a good read on how the Penguins stole the Bruins colors and other long-standing elements of the Boston/Pittsburgh rivalry.
• Jarret Stoll's return was the best part of a bad day for the Kings.
• Yesterday's feeble offensive performance is a good reminder that these Kings are traveling a very different road than the team that won the Stanley Cup last season.
• There was no frustration in the Chicago room after the first period that saw them trailing 1-0 despite outshooting the Kings 17-2. That patience paid off as the Hawks stuck to their plan and finally got the results they needed.
• Corey Crawford may have lost the first period, but he ended up winning the first round against Jonathan Quick.
• If Mark Messier seriously wants to coach the Rangers, can Glen Sather tell him no? Well sure, if hiring a competent individual with coaching experience is the goal of his search, that is.
• If there's no coaching gig for him in 2013-14, some TV outlet will take a chance on John Tortorella.
• Here's the QMI Sunday notes column, touching on Mike Smith's future in Phoenix, a Washington player asking for a trade, and the latest on Dallas Eakins.
• Terry Frei talks with former GM, current puppetmaster Pierre Lacroix. Apparently he's just an adviser to the Avs, but who knows what's going on with Colorado's crowded management structure these days?
• The Maple Leafs can learn a valuable lesson on how to manage the salary cap from the mistakes of the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks.
• The Leafs took advantage of the NHL's Scouting Combine going on in Toronto to hold a private combine of their own. Gotta admit, that's kinda genius.
• For a team with just one playoff appearance in its history, June 30 stacks up as the most important day in franchise history. Four picks in the top-44 of the best class in 10 years could change everything.
• A couple of Western New York prospects made an impression at the NHL Scouting Combine.
• Valeri Nichushkin continues to be the talk of the combine.
• Canucks GM Mike Gillis promised "bold moves" this off-season. Here's what needs to be done over the next 30 days.
• Here's more on that crazy Roberto-Luongo-to-the-Islanders rumor.
• The Jets waited until the last possible minute, but finally got Austen Brassard signed. Congrats to another good Windsor boy!
• The Ottawa Sun polled Senators fans to find out what they would do to improve the team. Here are the results.
• Here's a brief note from the NHLPA naming their three player representatives on the NHL's Competition Committee. Considering how much influence that group wields, you might want to remember these names.
• With no NHL action on Friday night, it seemed like a good idea to head to Oklahoma City to take in the Barons/Griffins AHL semifinal game. It didn't work out. Another round of tornadoes blocked my path on the outskirts of town and led to the game being postponed.
The devastation around that town from two events in 11 days is hard to believe even when you see it with your own eyes.