Top Line: Future is now for Marc-Andre Fleury; more NHL playoffs links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• With one year left on his deal and his 30th birthday coming up fast, Marc-Andre Fleury's performance in the playoffs will determine whether he has a future with the Penguins.
• The Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov might want to go online and check out Steve Kasper's highlight reel before they take on their Game 1 assignments.
• Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau has led teams to six division titles and won 300 NHL games faster than anyone in history, but he's never gotten past the second round of the playoffs ... and it's killing him.
• Just 22, Tyler Seguin has a Stanley Cup ring and 42 playoff games under his belt, but he's a different player for the Stars than the one who stumbled through a one-goal-in-22-games drought with the Bruins last spring.
• Matt Moulson of the Wild isn't asking for much. Just a Stanley Cup and his own bed.
• Nathan MacKinnon of the Avalanche says that he was "pretty successful" during two playoff runs as a junior -- yeah, a Memorial Cup with 24 goals and 61 points in 34 games is pretty successful. Now the challenge is to prove that he can be a big-game player in his first shot at the NHL postseason.
• Philadelphia coach Craig Berube made it clear early on that he wouldn't coddle his players. Perform, or pay the price. So far, his blunt approach has worked for the Flyers.
• Steven Stamkos of the Lighting says he feels like someone has been testing him all season. But now that he's headed to the playoffs for just the second time in his career, he knows the real test is still ahead.
• Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is experimenting with his lines ahead of Chicago's series with St. Louis. No telling if he'll stick with these for the opener or for five minutes, but if he does, this third line looks interesting.
• Who says the Hockey Gods aren't fair? The Panthers lost out on the first-overall draft pick at last year's lottery, but beat the odds to win it this time around. For one prominent member of the team, the moment was extra special.
• "Miracle On Ice" hero Dave Christian and former All-Star Reed Larson are the biggest names behind the latest concussion lawsuit filed against the NHL. • The Boston Marathon bombing took on a personal face for hockey fans with the death of nine-year-old Martin Richard. Here's a heart-wrenching look at his life, the bombing and the aftermath for his family. Seriously, make time for this.