Top Line: Henrik Lundqvist shines vs. Stars; overworked goalies; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Henrik Lundqvist was pretty good last night, making 41 stops to steal one in Dallas. Funny how the hockey gods work, eh? Two nights after being robbed of a victory against Boston when Tuukka Rask stood on his head, the Rangers got one back that they had no right winning.
• After spending much of the season on IR with a concussion, Rick Nash finally scored his first goal last night against the Stars. It was pretty nice:
• Now why did owner Jim Dolan have to go and spoil the day for Rangers fans after a night like that?
• Is your team overworking its No. 1 goaltender? Here's a chart that lays it all out.
• Being separated from linemate Zach Parise helped Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu find his game. And it wasn't long after that the red-hot Wild found theirs. Remember the name of Mike Yeo as a dark horse Jack Adams candidate.
• Sure, there's a baby's first steps and a sunset in Key West...but other than those, there are few things in life more beautiful than a perfectly executed hip check:
• And here's a startling moment of honesty from Vancouver coach John Tortorella. Never a dull moment when Torts is around, eh?
• You remember that Kickstarter campaign for the non-breakable hockey stick that we featured a couple of months ago? It looks like the company is close to production...and you won't believe what they're doing to prove that their twig will do what they say it will.
• Kevin Allen offers his top-five surprises and disappointments of the first quarter.• I already know what the highlight of this weekend will be.