Top Line NHL playoff update: Martin St. Louis ready for Broadway; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• After a slow start in New York, Martin St. Louis says he's ready for his game to be judged.
• There could be a new man behind the mask for the Flyers when they take on the Rangers in Game 2 on Sunday.
• Maybe Wayne Simmonds was right. Maybe gingers should stick to being gingers.
• Maybe the offensive explosion we've seen over the first two nights of the playoffs isn't such a surprise, considering the questions that were being asked coming into the tournament.
• Two months after they teamed up to lead Canada to gold in Sochi, coaches Mike Babcock and Claude Julien will match wits as the Red Wings take on the Bruins. Are there any secrets left between them?
• Boston has had a fairly stout penalty kill for years now, but it's not the Bruins penalty killers who are worrying Babcock.
• Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was contrite after making what he called a "bush-league" gesture on the bench during Thursday night's loss to Blues. Don't be surprised if the NHL decides to make a significant dent in his bank account later today.
• After years marred by youthful indiscretions, Patrick Kane has finally put the bad-boy image behind him.
• The Islanders have to cough up this year's No. 5 pick, or next year's first-rounder, to the Sabres to complete the disastrous Thomas Vanek trade. Tough choice either way, but it sounds like GM Garth Snow has finally made up his mind.
• The list of buyers interested in purchasing the Isles has grown to three. • Well, this stinks. A member of the "Miracle on Ice" U.S. team has decided to sell his gold medal.