The red-hot Ducks
shutout the Kings
in the first outdoor game ever played at Dodger Stadium. (Robert Beck/SI)
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Vin Scully. KISS. An advance scout from the bug army in "Starship Troopers." And the Great One. Last night's Stadium Series game in L.A. may have been more spectacle than sporting event, but it was a magnificent tribute to hockey in Southern California.
• Martin Brodeur is ready for his start as the second half of the NHL's outdoor twin bill takes place today at Yankee Stadium.
• Cat juggling may be ugly, but puck juggling? So much beauty:
• The Caps finally ended a seven-game losing streak with a 5-0 win over the Canadiens last night. Alex Ovechkin's return helped, but so did a bit of defensive perseverance.
• Michel Therrien says the Habs will throw the DVD of that one in the garbage. In the wake of yet another dispiriting loss, the DVD might not be the only thing getting tossed in Montreal.
• The Sabres are closer to moving Ryan Miller, George McPhee is frantically trying to save his job in Washington with a big deal and says Nazem Kadri might still be on the table in this week's NHL trade rumors wrap-up.
• John Vogl says new ownership in Florida brings hope to a hard-luck franchise.
• Another milestone on the road to recovery Saturday for Steven Stamkos. This time, it was light contact drills.
• A controversial call made by the NHL's war room cost the Isles an apparent game-winning goal in OT...and, ultimately, their game against the Blues. Take a look for yourself and see what you think.
• Fluto Shinazawa introduces one of hockey's top fighting coaches, considers the apologies owed in Vancouver and looks at three players the Bruins might target as they look to reinforce their blueline in his Sunday column.
• Tyler Johnson scored his first career hat trick, outshining Nathan MacKinnon in a battle of top contenders for the Calder trophy.
• One of the NHL's most infamous jersey designs returned last night...but not in the NHL.
• Nice piece here by Adam Proteau on the NHL's most polarizing figure. No, it's not Sid.
• It was Grapes being Grapes on Coach's Corner last night:
• Brian Costello takes a look back at Glenn Hall and one of the NHL's greatest records. Think this one is absolutely unbeatable? Yeah, me too.
• Bob Hunter writes that there's much more to Columbus' recent success than a hot streak.
• A pair of much-maligned ex-Pens made the difference as Dallas topped Pittsburgh with its most complete effort of the season.
• You suppose this could have been a dive?