Top Line: Patrice Bergeron strikes again; Subban's a Chelios; more links
By Allan Muir An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories: • Patrice Bergeron cemented his place as the stuff of nightmares for the Maple Leafs and their fans. Bergy had another big night at Toronto's expense, bringing memories of last year's devastating Game 7 flooding back. • Stu Cowan sees more than a little Chris Chelios in the career path of P.K. Subban. It's a good reminder of all that the controversial defenseman could be as Chelly heads into the Hall of Fame this week. • Steve Simmons and I tend to diverge pretty widely on our hockey opinions, but we are in lockstep on these two topics: the the player who most deserves to be in the Hall and the best American player ever. He touches on these topics, and many more, in this week's Sunday column. • Tina Comeau offers up a must-read story on Tom McCarthy, who went from sniping goals in the NHL to a stint in Leavenworth prison. • There hasn't been a lot of ink spilled extolling the Hall of Fame induction of Geraldine Heaney. Kevin McGran begins to correct that, explaining why she was an easy choice for the Halls voters. • Claude Giroux scored to help lead the Flyers to a big win over the Oilers. I know what you're thinking--he must be linking to a story from last season--but no, the hard-luck Giroux actually lit the lamp for the first time this season, snapping a 21-game goalless drought. It's sure to be sunshine and lollipops for Philly from here on in, right? • Larry Brooks is all over the place in an excellent Sunday column that leads off with a pair of notable Hall of Fame snubs before moving on to Olympic dreams, missed opportunities and good ol' Ilya Kovalchuk. • You might not know David M. Singer, but if you're a fan of on-ice fisticuffs, you sure know his web site. Stephen Harris profiles the man behind hockeyfights.com. • Bruce Garrioch wonders when we'll get to see all those bold moves Craig MacTavish promised last summer, and checks off a couple of trade possibilities in his Sunday column. Not sure I'm buying the Vern Fiddler one, though. • The third home could be the charm for a former first-round pick who is finally starting to deliver on his promise at 23. • A pair of NHL draft picks face criminal charges in the wake of a raucous house party. • Brandon Dubinsky called out his slumping Columbus teammates on Thursday, which is all well and good, but when you talk like that you'd better be prepared to deliver yourself. Here's how it played out when Dubi and the Jackets returned to the ice yesterday against the Islanders. • Mike Heika sees the forest and the trees for the Dallas Stars after last night's loss to the Blackhawks. Have to say that was one of the most entertaining 5-2 games I've ever watched. Probably true for the nearly full house as well, about 60 percent of which was wearing red and cheering for Chicago. • Sam Carchidi chimes in on Ray Emery being in the spotlight at this week's NHL general managers' meeting. Tougher rules to restrict fighting are likely to be on the table as a result of his beatdown of Braden Holtby. • A pair of minor-league call-ups led the Kings to a laugher over the Canucks. • AHL fans instantly recognize the name of Red Garrett, whose name adorns the league's Rookie of the Year trophy. Here's why his legacy extends beyond the world of hockey. This is a great read ahead of Remembrance Day. • Retired less than a week, Jason Arnott is looking for a new role in the game. • The error-prone Wings are in a tailspin after dropping another one to Tampa Bay on Saturday. They've now lost seven of 10, including five straight at the Joe, something they haven't done in 26 years. • Gare Joyce takes a look at the 2014 NHL draft class and explains why scouts are having trouble getting enthused over the crop. • Grapes explains Toronto's curious use of goaltender James Reimer, and talks about the amazing comebacks of Josh Harding and Manny Malhotra in this week's edition of Coach's Corner.