Top Line: Broad Street echoes; biggest lesson of 2014 NHL playoffs; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Here's great piece from Mike Sielski on Dave Schultz and Dale Rolfe and a fight that still resonates 40 years later.
• The across-the-board lesson from the opening round of the playoffs? No lead is safe anymore.
• The NHL's best road team can't wait to go home after scoring just one goal in two games in Minnesota.
• The Avs received an update on the status of Matt Duchene. The news was not good.
• A team’s best players know when to elevate their play — late in games and late in a series. Jarome Iginla and Boston's top line did exactly that to lead the Bruins to a series-shifting OT win over Detroit on Thursday night.
• The Red Wings have made a valiant run through adversity, but their Game 4 loss showed that they're finally out of gas.
• Damien Cox is puzzled by the surprisingly slow pace of change for the Capitals, Maple Leafs and Canucks.
• Scott Cullen considers the Sabres' ongoing rebuilding project in Buffalo and surmises, not surprisingly, that it's going to take some time.
• Paul Stewart opens up about the difficult transition from player to referee.
• Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin is putting up some ridiculous numbers in the QMJHL playoffs.
• Top 2015 draft prospect Jack Eichel is tearing it up at the World Under-18s over in Finland. Ryan Kennedy takes a look at the big stories emerging from the tournament.
• Ben O'Conner is taking an unusual route to become a world-class player. Development opportunities can be hard to come by in non-traditional countries, so this is a promising step for GB hockey.