Top Line: Lack of cool killing Penguins; Blackhawks brace for Wild; more
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Kevin Allen says the Penguins have spent the past five years lowering our expectations with their postseason inconsistency. Given their historical lack of composure, there's no way of knowing what we'll see from them in Game 7.
• Evgeni Malkin channeled his inner Mark Messier and promised a Pittsburgh win in Game 7.
• Dejan Kovacevic says that the result of Game 7 won't mask the myriad problems that undermine the potential of the Penguins organization.
• This is what it's come to for Rick Nash: Coach Alain Vigneault trusts him more on the penalty kill than the power play.
• Just in time, the Rangers have found their soul, says Larry Brooks.
• Here's a look at the guys who create the in-arena experience at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center.
• The Hawks expect Minnesota to present them with their toughest challenge of the season.
• Win or lose in Game 7, Damien Cox likes where the Wild are headed.
• If the old Forum's legendary ghosts are a figment of the imagination, how is it that the Canadiens played like a team possessed in Game 6?
• A weary L.A. defense could be the tipping point in a series where momentum is now swinging in Anaheim's favor.
• Just getting to know Ducks goalie John Gibson? Chris Peters brings you up to speed, recounting Gibson's brief but memorable journey from prospect to NHL playoff hero.
• Rosie DiManno writes that dealing the un-C-worthy Dion Phaneuf would be best for all concerned.