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San Jose Sharks wheel out a stretcher for Dan Boyle after cheap shot by Max Lapierre The Sharks needed a stretcher for their fallen comrade Dan Boyle, but prevailed against the Blues. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

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

The Sharks were shaken up after losing Dan Boyle to a vicious hit early in the game, but they maintained their focus to rout the Blues and earn their sixth consecutive win.

• Rory Boylen digs up the video evidence of Max Lapierre's past transgressions and says his cheap shot on Boyle is worth 10 games on the sidelines from player safety sheriff Brendan Shanahan.

• Here's the St. Louis perspective on the hit and the game.

• Fortunately, Dan Boyle appears to be doing OK.

• It was another record-setting night for Patrick Roy as the Avalanche moved to 6-0 with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Dallas. No small irony in this one, either.

• While we're on the Avs' page, this piece on the not-so-glamorous life of a hockey beat writer is fantastic. Our ol' buddy Adrian Dater is killing it with this intermittent series. This is a must read.

• Mike Heika's another writer who's been at the absolute top of his game this season. Here's his take on something old that these new Stars may have found in themselves after being kicked around for 20 minutes last night.

• The Maple Leafs just keep proving the stats nerds wrong. They were killed on face-offs, rarely possessed the puck, made few shot attempts and still throttled the red-hot Minnesota Wild.

• Junior-eligible defender Morgan Rielly is making a great case to stick in the NHL. Last night's two-assist effort had to be a confidence builder.

Cody Hodgson says it wasn't his dad that led to his departure from the Canucks. He doesn't rule out his mom, though...

• It seems that some of the Flyers dread going on the power play. That's a pain their fans understand all too well.

• This piece on a key reason behind the declining play of Claude Giroux is worth reading just for the great quote by Al Morganti. Really funny stuff.

• The great Bernie Parent wants to share some life advice. I say, always listen when a Hall of Famer speaks.

• All the indications coming into camp -- the fitness level, the hunger -- suggested that Dany Heatley was on the verge of a strong season. Instead, he has 12 shots and one assist to show for seven games. Coach Mike Yeo is sticking with him for now, but time to find his game may be running out for the veteran sniper.

• It was a milestone win for the Blackhawks last night in Raleigh. A really big milestone.

Patrick Sharp kept up an unusual family tradition last night.

• Here's some news: Chix dig the Hawks.

• It took a another ridiculous effort by Ryan Miller and some shootout magic from Tyler Ennis, but the Sabres finally earned their first win of the season. Nice of the Isles to take it so easy on 'em, eh?

• We halfway expect Jarome Iginla to have a tough time through October, but what about the rest of these guys? Eric Duhatschek looks at this season's struggling snipers.

Carey Price authored another gem last night in Winnipeg. This is the guy Canada needs in Sochi.

• The Habs may have lost Max Pacioretty, their leading scorer over the last two seasons.

• Bobby Orr says Don Cherry belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame. That Grapes hasn't been inducted yet is a black mark on the legacy of the current Hall voters.

• Here are two rules that the great Orr would change in order to make the game safer. I like one of 'em. The other, not so much.

• Is losing coming too easily for these young Oilers? The lack of growth that this team is displaying is beginning to concern writer Ken Campbell.

• The Devils are trying to Disneyfy the experience at the Rock in pursuit of the casual fan. This, of course, is a misguided effort.

• If you haven't already heard the amazing true story of how hockey intersected with international diplomacy to rescue an American filmmaker imprisoned in Venezuela, well here you go. Fascinating stuff.

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