That sunken feeling: the Sharks
are headed for uncharted water after their epic playoff series loss. (AP)
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• The San Jose Sharks lived down to their reputation, crafting the worst debacle in franchise history last night.
• When they had every reason to give up, the Los Angeles Kings continued to fight. That refusal to go quietly led to one of the greatest comebacks in hockey history.
• That win by Los Angeles sets up the first ever I-5 series between the Ducks and Kings. This should be fun.
• I think I'm guilty of underrating Kings fans. This is after Round 1.
• The NHL's parity is the reason why a 3-0 lead ain't what it used to be.
• San Jose GM Doug Wilson might want to study the Boston Bruins before he invites coach Todd McLellan into his office.
• Almost predictably, it was the castoffs who secured the Game 7 victory for the Minnesota Wild.
• There was a statewide celebration in Minnesota after El Nino clinched the series in OT.
• It's nice to think that better days lie ahead for the Colorado Avalanche, but that's cold comfort for them after they dropped Game 7 to the Wild.
• Mark Kiszla tells us who is wearing the goat horns in Denver after that shocking OT loss.
• No doubt New York Rangers fans are feeling good after their team eliminated the Flyers in Game 7, but talk about a Stanley Cup run? Might want to tap the brakes there.
• Exhaustion and frustration took their toll as the Flyers were sent packing by New York.
• The borderline spectacular play of Steve Mason in this series knocks goaltending off the list of concerns in Philadelphia
• A report suggests the Vancouver Canucks will fire coach John Tortorella today. Think Trevor Linden is hoping McLellan becomes available?
• Montreal radio host Ted Bird's heart says "Canadiens", but his head says "Bruins".
• The Sochi Olympics proved that Patrice Bergeron is elite. As did, oh, the last five years or so of his play in the NHL.
• Tim Leiweke says no one on the Maple Leafs is untradeable. That's probably more a reflection of Toronto's willingness to move anyone more than it is a statement that everyone on the roster is actually of interest to other teams.
• Are you a results-oriented leader who is highly connected in the hockey world? If so, this job posting might interest you.
• New York. Magnitogorsk. Mike Keenan proves it's fun to win a championship no matter where you are.
• Meet Sammy Taft, the man who invented the hat trick. This is awesome.
• Could the United States Congress take a lesson from the NHL?
• You know hockey is important to Canadians. You won't believe how important it is to Canada's economy.
• Heartbreaking story from Daniel Nugent-Bowman about Rick Williams, a former junior player whose slow death by dementia reminds us that hockey's head trauma issues extend far past the NHL.
Nugent-Bowman follows up with this story on lessons to be learned from Williams' case.