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After two games and 4 overtimes, the Stanley Cup winner could be decided by a few lucky bounces. (John Biever/SI) After two games and 4 overtimes, the Stanley Cup winner could be decided by a few lucky bounces. (John Biever/SI)

 

By Allan Muir

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

• With the two teams so evenly matched, the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks may come down to stupid, dumb luck.

• Game 2 proved that playoff hockey is anything but predictable or fair.

• Claude Julien called it a hunch. Good thing he trusts his gut. It ended up winning him the game.

• Here's how the Bruins were able to turn the game around...from the Chicago perspective.

• The Hawks feel like the quick whistle that negated an apparent goal by Marian Hossa killed their momentum in Game 1. Maybe, maybe not. Ultimately, they outshot the Bruins 19-4 in the first, but only managed a 1-0 lead. You have to take the kill shot when it comes to you.

• Bruce Arthur with the lede of the night: "If you’ve got a shovel and a body you’d better finish the job before somebody shows up, trapping you in the headlights." The rest of his genius is here.

• If the Blackhawks can't turn the man advantage into, you know, an actual advantage, the futility of their power play may end up costing them the Cup.

• Maybe it means something. Maybe it doesn't. But Chicago heads to Boston having lost Game 3 on the road in each previous series.

• He had just three assists through the first 17 games of the playoffs, but Tyler Seguin notched a pair just last night in his best game of the postseason.

Here is a gentle reminder that a ticket in the lower bowl comes with the responsibility to keep your eye on the puck.

• Gotta have a montage! Montaaaaage!

• Is Brendan Shanahan ready to turn in his sheriff's badge? Looks like he could be heading out west to join the front office of the Calgary Flames.

• New York GM Glen Sather made the right call in going with the experience of Alain Vigneault over the aura of Mark Messier.

• That Vigneault chose the Rangers over the Dallas Stars shows how much work this once-mighty organization has to do to rebuild the brand.

• "I think I had the best year I could possibly have," said Ted Lindsay-winner Sidney Crosby.

• GM George McPhee says winning the Hart Trophy caught Alex Ovechkin off guard.

• Eric Duhatschek writes that Ovechkin's win highlights the need to redefine the award to honor the most outstanding player. The sooner this happens, the better.

• Steve Simmons says Ovechkin won for all the wrong reasons.

• Capture this moment: P.K. Subban is humbled by his Norris Trophy win.

Jonathan Huberdeau and Brendan Gallagher each earned 54 first-place votes in the Calder Trophy balloting. Here's who pulled off the narrow victory.

• He may have been edged out in the EA Sports cover balloting, but Sergei Bobrovsky took solace in his consolation Vezina.

• The Columbus organization is chuffed by the Bobrovsky win. Now they have to getting the pending free agent signed.

• Here's a rundown of the voting totals for the awards handed out Saturday night. Looking at some of these, I'm guessing the days of anonymous balloting may come to an end at some point.

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