Top Line: Canadiens comeback; Sens choke job; Bruins peaking; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• You can see where the Senators are coming from in blaming the referees for the loss, especially on the game-winner, but they might want to install a couple of mirrors in their room before they get too carried away. Lehner's inability to properly dispose of his rebounds, and some absolutely brutal slot coverage, led directly to Montreal's final four goals.
• Scott Feschuk wins the Internet with this tweet.
• Will the hockey world lose out on the wit and wisdom of Roberto Luongo now that he's buried in Florida?
• Mike Gillis didn't simply make the mistake of trading away two top-10 goalies over the past 10 months. He gave up the best player in both deals. Not exactly writing a how-to textbook on asset management there, eh Mike?
• Anaheim's Bruce Boudreau has guided his teams to considerable regular-season success, but he'll never be regarded as a top coach until he proves he can at least lead a team past the first round of the playoffs. Bruce Garrioch takes a look at the pressure facing Gabby, offers a absolutely ridiculous GM option in Calgary and explains why the Flames didn't deal Mike Cammalleri at the deadline.
• Something about playing the Penguins brings out the best in Sean Couturier. The Flyers center played a beauty yesterday, shutting down Sidney Crosby and chipping in with a couple assists. Keep an eye on him as the two sides finish off their home-and-home this afternoon.
• Grapes poignantly addresses the death of Terry Trafford here on Coach's Corner:
• Shannon Szabados looked like any other goalie in making her pro hockey debut last night ... which was exactly the point.
• Ted Nolan's favorite memory from his stint on Long Island was the one game he didn't coach. This one's an old story, but it's always great in the retelling.
• Here's a good look at Aaron Ekblad, the top-rated defender for this year's draft class and a solid bet to go first overall.
• Washington's season could be kaput this week. Kevin Allen shines a light deep into the hole the Caps have dug for themselves to explain why.
• Patrick Roy is beloved in Denver but he'll always be a son of Montreal first and foremost. St. Patrick returns to his home Tuesday for the first time as an NHL coach.
• Phoenix GM Don Maloney explains why the concept of a coach's challenge didn't gain any traction at the recent general manager meetings. I've been a proponent of it in the past, but the more I've thought about it the more I think the GMs got this one right.
• Stan Fischler said he'd eat his hat if the Rangers traded Ryan Callahan. He made good on his pledge last night. Sort of. • The Blue Jackets finally got the best of a goal review to earn a controversial win over the Wild.