Top Line: Kings' Voynov no fluke; Crosby key to Pens' comeback; more links
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• "Broken stick. Puck just go too slow," Slava Voynov said of his Game 3 winner. A bit of a fluke? The goal, maybe, but his play this postseason proves that he sure isn't.
• The Kings figured out that the best way to slow Chicago's offense was to make the Hawks play defense.
• Los Angeles found a desperation level on Tuesday night that the Blackhawks couldn't match.
• The Hawks feel like they were forced to play down to the Kings' level in Game 3. It got to the point where Patrick Sharp and Justin Williams dropped the gloves. "I'd fight him any day," said the suddenly belligerent Sharp. Hey, there's always Game 4 ...
• Patrick Kane is starting to feel the heat for his lack of production. The struggling winger needs to work harder and play smarter to break out of his slump ... and maybe spend some time skating between the dots instead of lurking on the outside.
• For Boston, taking control of the series in Game 3 will require a strict adherence to the defensive discipline that got them this far.
• Can the Bruins extend Boston's decade of sporting dominance into overtime?
• Boston's superiority in the face-off circle is giving the Penguins fits.
• Rob Rossi offers up a five-step plan to get the Penguins back into their series with the B's.
• No word yet from Dan Bylsma on who he will start in goal for Game 3. Probably waiting to hear back from Tom Barrasso on his availability.
• The Dallas Stars introduced new jerseys for 2013-14 at a fancy shindig last night. First thoughts? Love the color scheme. The logo? Meh. Overall, a solid B ... and a big improvement on the current duds.
• Here's Mike Heika's take on what the new unis mean to the franchise.
• The Stars promised a big surprise to go along with the jersey unveiling and announced this. It's nice and all, but when you know that Christmas is eventually coming, it's not really a big deal if all you're doing is confirming the date.
• The Hurricanes revealed their new look as well on Tuesday. Cleaner, simpler, more modern. Okay. But if I'm a fan, is there any reason for me to rush out and replace my old jersey with one of these? Isn't that at least part of the point?
• The league's competition committee made several recommendations on Tuesday. Among the smartest: grandfathering the use of visors, beginning next season. I'm impressed by this new group already.
• With a wealth of high-end talent likely to be available when teams take advantage of their compliance buyouts, the Maple Leafs should be able to fill some holes in their roster. Of course, they won't be the only team looking for stars at bargain prices. • Dallas Eakins returned to Vancouver for a second interview, but word is this is the guy who is the frontrunner for the team's vacant coaching gig.