Top Line: Penguins on brink of disaster; Wild have comeback in them; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• New York is driving Sidney Crosby to distraction. When we're talking about his possible spears and drive-bys of the goalie rather than highlight reel goals, you know he's off his game.
• Dejan Kovacevic predicts the nuclear option is in play if Pittsburgh loses Game 7. It won't just be coach Dan Bylsma who loses his gig. Big changes would be the inevitable result of another postseason letdown.
• For a guy who says he has nothing to prove, Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist sure is playing like a guy who feels as if he has something to prove.
• Jim Matheson ponders the mysteries of Rick Nash's playoff disappearing act. Love his anecdote about Jaroslav Pouzar in the lede.
• More Matheson, this time some quick hits on the future of Adam Oates, Barry Trotz and Ryan Johansen, along with rumors from around the league. Good stuff, as always.
• Outstanding piece here by Bruce Arthur on P.K. Subban's fight to be himself and find his place in the NHL.
• More on Subban, this time Montreal's failed handling of his contract two year ago and what it will cost them to fix it this summer.
• John Gibson's impressive playoff debut only highlight's the Ducks' embarrassment of riches in goal. Bruce Boudreau was only joking when he said that Igor Bobkov hasn't had his turn in this series yet ... right?
• Is Gibson a modern-day Ken Dryden? Maybe we let him win a series first, eh?
• Despite the loss, Ilya Bryzgalov is outplaying Corey Crawford by a wide margin in this series.
• Bob McKenzie suggests that the Senators are prepared to trade a significant player. Not sure how they'd get full value on a deal like this, but it's clear the current recipe isn't working.
• This Leafs fan did not take the news of Randy Carlyle's contract extension very well.
• Now this is pretty cool: an expanded CHL stats package from McKeen's Hockey. Just in time for draft talk! • Finally, it's not hockey but it is awesome: the wife of Montreal Aloutte's GM Jim Popp protected her children by punching a shark in the face. And that's why we have Mother's Day.