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Saturday April 5th, 2014

Keith Srakocic/AP Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson gave his approval of Sidney Crosby's hit on Carolina's Jay Harrison. Keith Srakocic/AP

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:

• Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson approves of Sidney Crosby laying the smackdown.

• Turns out Sid has other athletic interests as well. Can you imagine the hell that would have broken loose if he'd gotten hurt doing this?

Jimmy Howard was highly disappointed in a teammate in the wake of Friday night's 3-2 win over Buffalo. Ok, not really...

• We all know how the approach to nutrition has slowly changed in the NHL. Here's a fascinating look at several of the Penguins and their eating habits.

• Here's Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter with an update on the injury status of defenseman Brad Doty Drew Doughty.

• Both the Coyotes and Blue Jackets let points slip out of their hands in the dying seconds last night, damaging their playoff hopes in gut-wrenching fashion.

• That last-second loss left Columbus fans to ponder the ghosts of failures past.

• Amalie Benjamin explains the one element of Boston's game that other teams can't come close to matching.

• With their top two players sidelined, the Blackhawks are reminding themselves how to win the right way. Considering how far they'd veered from good habits over the past couple of months, the injuries to Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane may turn out to be the best things that could have happened to them.

• Not sure I'd agree with the headline on this one, but there's no arguing that this former No. 1 pick is finally coming into his own this season.

• The Winnipeg Jets are facing a summer of change after another disappointing finish. Ken Wiebe says they have to start here.

• The battle lines have been drawn in Vancouver between GM Mike Gillis and coach John Tortorella, with the winner deciding both the long and short-term fate of the franchise.

• Ever wonder what it takes to get into scouting? Here's a profile of Mark Seidel, a good guy who paid his dues on the way to forming North American Central Scouting.

• The New York Rangers are this close to clinching a playoff berth.

• What's an Ottawa/Montreal game without a ridiculous comeback by the Habs?

• The last time those two met provided the turning point for each of their seasons.

• Considering he's "the first black Brit with a hockey stick," actor Eamonn Walker did alright for himself at Shoot The Puck.

• The Lightning need to figure out what's behind some poor performances against poor teams if they hope to make some postseason noise. • The Wild have dressed seven goalies and four starters this season, raising questions about whether they can succeed in the playoffs if they keep playing roulette in net.

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