An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Here's Chris Johnston's take on why Toronto's season-defining free-fall has reached seven games.
• Here's a Q & A with Bowe, where he explains his love of hockey and offers some advice to his favorite team.
• Mike Wise isn't calling for the end of George McPhee's tenure in Washington, but he knows the numbers are stacked against him returning as GM if the Caps can't get it together down the stretch for a decent playoff run.
• Most hockey games don't feature protestors shouting anti-Obama slogans. Then again, most aren't played in front of the White House.
• Ottawa coach Paul MacLean might want to think twice before taking on any long-term leases this offseason.
• You know a team is finished when its star players start talking about the World Championships.
• Stephen Whyno writes that time is finally putting the career of Dominik Hasek into the proper perspective. Honestly, has there ever been a better goalie than Hasek during his dominating seasons of '93-94 through '98-99?
• There's a reason they call P.K. Subban "Big Papi." Whatever it is, it clearly doesn't have anything to do with baseball:
• Don Brennan says the NHL needs to create a new award to recognize an offensively talented defenseman who doesn't pay enough attention to his own zone to qualify for the Norris. You know, someone like Erik Karlsson.
• Mike Heika is at it again, this time creating superhero alter-egos for various players to explain last night's surprising 7-3 win for the Stars. • Who needs quality special teams when you dominate at five-on-five? Chris Stevenson looks at a team that defies convention, along with a surprising reconciliation in Buffalo and a scheduling quirk that could impact the playoff race in the East.