Top Line: The last of Corsi; Rangers win one for Martin St. Louis; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Corsi and Fenwick, we hardly knew ye. The NHL is on the verge of introducing legitimate advanced analytics that will send those proxies to the scrap yard. And it could happen as soon as next season.
• At no other point in the season were the loyalty and commitment of the New York Rangers on better display than Friday’s emotional 5-1 win in which they rallied behind grief-stricken teammate Martin St. Louis. Really nice work here by Katie Strang.
• The "Hockey Night In Canada" cameras captured a personal moment between St. Louis and Sidney Crosby prior to Game 5:
• Dejan Kovacevic thinks these Penguins seem to need a bit of adversity to get their heads on straight in the playoffs. Not a very flattering picture of a team that should find enough inspiration in a five-year Cup drought.
• Chicago failed to match the intensity of the Minnesota Wild last night in a Game 4 loss. So now, the Blackhawks find themselves in a best-of-three series against a team that knows it is good enough to knock off the defending champs.
• Ken Dryden may be hockey's greatest living writer, so you'll definitely want to stop down for his take on the study of contrasts provided by P.K. Subban and Carey Price.
• Sean Gordon says that in a world that prizes its bland, predictable, reflexively humble stars, Subban has emerged as hockey's most electrifying star and the de facto face of the league.
• It's the 44th anniversary of the single-most famous moment in hockey history. Stick tap to Kukla's Korner for digging up this vintage coverage of Bobby Orr's flying goal to clinch the 1970 Stanley Cup.
• The Habs would rather celebrate this anniversary instead. You know, this Farber kid might give Dryden a run for his money.
• The arrival in Anaheim of goaltender John Gibson leaves coach Bruce Boudreau with a tantalizing/dangerous decision to make. You have to think he'll stick with the veteran Jonas Hiller for tonight's Game 4, but the thing with Gabby is that you never really know which way the wind is blowing.
• This is the story of the day former NHL referee Kerry Fraser went to war with Wayne Gretzky.
• Here's another lifelong zebra, the great Paul Stewart, on his rejection of advanced stats, especially those that purport to measure the work of NHL officials. He's right on the money here. There's no way for numbers to accurately capture the temperature of a game, or the feel that's required to manage it. But hey, if you want to know which ref calls the most holding penalties, have at it.
• Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome isn't afraid to play favorites in the Freeway Face-off. See which SoCal team earns this horse's hockey support.
• Canada's loss to an undermanned French team yesterday at the World Championship may be the worst in its history.
• "My dad probably wouldn't talk to me for three months," said the man who led France to the upset.
• Canada will turn to fresh lines and a new goalie today as it looks to rebound against Slovakia.• Let's close it out with the story of Kelly Rothe, a young woman about to undergo a preventative double mastectomy, and her special day with Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard. Go me a little verklempt, so be prepared.