Top Line: Epic goaltending battle; John Scott rips Steve Yzerman; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• The happiest man watching the sensational goaltending duel between Craig Anderson and Ryan Miller last night had to be Team USA coach Dan Bylsma. The pair of Sochi hopefuls combined to stop 79 of 80 shots in a thrilling 1-0 win for the Sens.
• After the game, the Sabres recalled goaltender Matt Hackett, who'd just been shelled for six goals in AHL action on Friday night. Miller is healthy. So is backup Jhonas Enroth. So what's going on here?
• The Nashville Predators were livid about this hit on Roman Josi by Colorado's Steve Downie. Looks like a beauty to me. Nice of the boys to stick up for him, but they might want to remind Josi to keep his head up next time.
• After stumbling out of the gate last January, the Jackets planned to get this season off to a different start this time around. Well, there's always Game 2.
• Three goals is a standard hat trick. A goal, an assist and a fight is Gordie Howe hat trick. And now players can strive for an Evander Kane hat trick: a goal, an assist and this. Just try not to get one too often.
• Former Sportsnet reporter Ian Mendes had a pretty good reason for leaving a job most hockey fans could only dream of.
• It's good to be Patrick Sharp.
• Philly coach Peter Laviolette is in the market for a new bank.
• Luke Richardson is establishing himself as one of the NHL's top coaching prospects with his excellent work at Binghamton.
• The IIHF website projects the winner of every game in Sochi all the way through the gold medal match. Sounds like one Ranger is going to have a pretty sweet tourney. • With the season about to get underway, the great Scott Feschuk holds a mirror up to minor hockey parents. The reflection isn't very pretty, but it is pretty funny.