Top Line: Fans can help desperate Habs; Capitals make surprise hire; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• New York has tossed away games with slipshod performances in these playoffs, but the Rangers can't afford to make that mistake in Game 5. A series that's seemingly in the bag can turn quickly. New York can't give the Canadiens a chance to believe.
• James Mirtle considers the numbers and says that Henrik Lundqvist -- Stanley Cup to his credit or not -- is the best goalie of his generation.
• Carl Hagelin's heroics have the Rangers in the driver's seat against Montreal. He's chipping in on offense, but his dogged effort on the PK is his biggest contribution to New York's success.
• Ginette Reno has become the voice of the Canadiens during the playoffs. Michael Farber profiles her in this video feature for TSN.
• This is funny because it's true.
• Wayne Gretzky says that he never talked to the Capitals about a job, but he is interested in finding the right place for himself in the game.
• Washington stayed in-house with its GM hire. Might the Penguins follow suit?
• Here's another candidate for a promotion in Pittsburgh.
• The Ryan Kesler conundrum and the enigma of the Sedin Twins are just two of six vexing problems that face new Canucks GM Jim Benning.
• It won't be easy for Chicago fans to admit, but Los Angeles just might be better than their beloved Hawks.
• Doughty hasn't just talked a big game, he's also delivered in this series, spurred on by the frustration of struggling with an ankle injury against Chicago last spring.
• There's already plenty of trade buzz surrounding the NHL draft, but the Red Wings' GM says that things could happen even sooner with a major league event coming up this week. • Does this invention mark the end of the Zamboni? The Ice Jet has already caught the eye of the TV show Shark Tank, but it also has decades of tradition (and hopeless romance) to overcome before it becomes hockey's version of the Roomba.