Patrice's Bergeron's mystery injury and playing status is a major source of Game 6 intrigue. (Getty Images)
By Allan Muir
A supersized annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• We still don't know what's wrong with Patrice Bergeron beyond the fact that he's day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. There's no way he could play tonight in Game 6...could he?
• The Blackhawks expect their own wounded warrior, Jonathan Toews, to play tonight. But given the surprises they've sprung on us in this series (Marian Hossa, anyone?), no one should count on No. 19 being in the lineup until you see him on the bench to start the game.
• It doesn't always work out that way, but the Hawks respect the cliche: The fourth win is always the hardest to get.
• The Bruins won't need a big speech to get their blood pumping for Game 6. This is a team that knows about leaving a series to the last minute before turning on the jets. Not that that should be construed as a compliment.
• The opinion of Hawks fans might differ slightly, but Chris Stevenson writes that Johnny Boychuk's hit on Jonathan Toews was perfectly legal.
• There's a stubbornness to the Bruins that the Blackhawks need to respect.
• Here's Boston's Adam McQuaid on allowing one of the team's top rookies to move in with him.
• Kevin Allen has five reasons why the Bruins could force a Game 7. The sixth, of course, being that the Hockey Gods aren't quite ready to send us off into that cruel summer.
• Stephen Harris reminds us that it's not a good idea to bet against the Bruins. Because, you know, it's sports.
• Aiming to miss has been one of the keys to Chicago's success.
• The second Cup in four years would be even sweeter for Chicago than the first was in 2010.
• Two Bruins who need to step up tonight or clean out their lockers tomorrow: Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask.
• Every writer is looking for a unique angle to cover during the Cup final. Jared S. Hopkins actually found one. Nice work, Jared.
• And now, the obligatory story on the job every hockey fan wants.
• The Leafs paid a fair price to acquire Jonathan Bernier, but the best part of the deal: no more Luongo-to-Toronto rumors!
• In L.A., they recognize that Bernier needed to leave town in order to move forward with his career.
• Before any Leafs fans start counting down the days until their next Stanley Cup celebration, it makes sense to consider the sorry history of Toronto goaltending over the years.
• James Reimer came within a Game 7 overtime goal of knocking off a team that's now battling for the Stanley Cup. How do you think he's feeling about this vote of non-confidence from the Leafs?
• Matt Read wasn't enough to get a deal done for the Flyers.
• Will their experience with Alexander Radulov scare Nashville away from drafting Valeri Nichushkin? I've never liked the kid as a top-10 pick personally. Interesting to see his stock dropping after he tested poorly at the Combine.
• Here's some insight into the draft from one of the best in the business: New Jersey head scout David Conte.
• Montreal GM Marc Bergevin continues to clean up the mess left by his predecessor. He announced over the weekend that the Canadiens will buy out the final year of Tomas Kaberle's contract.
• The success of Boston and Chicago proves that the Jets need to focus on the center position at the upcoming draft.
• The Flyers, on the other hand, are focusing on defensemen. If that's the case, it's a good bet that Rasmus Ristolainen is their man.
• Markus Naslund has been recruited to help sell Vancouver on the idea that hiring John Tortorella to coach the Canucks would be the best thing to happen to the franchise since they traded Cam Neely for Barry Pederson. Hey, wait a minute...
• If things don't work out for Nathan Horton in Boston, here's one team he might be a perfect fit for.
• The latest Sergei Bobrovsky-to-Russia rumor
seems to hinge on the same element as every crazy rumor...real estate.