Top Line: NHL rolls triple sevens; fans brawl in Philly; more must-read stories
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• For the first time since 2003, the NHL will play three Game 7s in one night. Rory Boylen offers his predictions for what lies ahead.
• Here are our picks for possible heroes in tonight's seventh games, and a little visual stroll through some of the greatest climatic battles in NHL postseason history.
• Where are you watching your team play Game 7 tonight? Michael Rand weighs the pros and cons of home viewing, sports bars and being in the building.
• Here's something you don't see everyday: Philadelphia sports fans responding unkindly to supporters of visiting teams. I am shocked. Shocked!
• Larry Brooks of the New York Post says it's time for the low-key Rangers to man up if they want to avoid a Game 7 disaster.
• It's not the most conventional way to take a series, but Los Angeles center Mike Richards says the NHL playoffs require that teams find different ways to win.
• Ken Campbell writes that the jobs of coach Todd McLellan and GM Doug Wilson could be on the line if the Sharks fall in Game 7 tonight.
• If he wants to get paid this summer, UFA-to-be Paul Stastny needs to perform like a money player in tonight's Game 7 showdown with the Wild.
• The stage is set for Minnesota's Zach Parise and Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon to put their stamps on this series with a dominant Game 7 performance.
• Steve Buckley worries that the long layoff for Boston and Montreal hurts both the teams and the fans.
• Not sure I would call P.K. Subban "despicably villainous" but hey, these are the playoffs.
• Tracey Myers examines the challenges presented by the Wild and Avalanche from the perspective of the Blackhawks. Chicago awaits the winner of tonight's Game 7.
• Let's just go ahead and consider every coach in the NHL as being employed on an interim basis since Mike Babcock does not want to talk about an extension beyond next season in Detroit. You can count the teams on one hand that wouldn't dump their coaches tomorrow for the chance to bring the NHL's best on board.
• St. Louis general manager Doug Armstrong answered questions about Ryan Miller, Jake Allen and what lies ahead for the Blues in his season-ending press conference.
• The Columbus Blue Jackets took a significant step forward this year. The task now? Keep pressing forward. As the Islanders proved this season, that's not always as easy as it seems.
• The Florida Panthers fired interim coach Peter Horachek yesterday, and speculation is already starting that his former boss might be his replacement. • Tony Gallagher says new Canucks president Trevor Linden needs to unveil his plan to revive the franchise soon. If he has a plan, that is.