Top Line: Desperate Blackhawks; inspired Rangers; sad Habs; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Is New York-Los Angeles really the NHL's dream matchup for television? Chicago promises better numbers argues one TV critic.
• If you're not familiar with Moore's back story, here's a touching feature from ESPN's E60 on why he's at the heart of New York's success.
• There's more than a championship on the line for Martin St. Louis and Henrik Lundqvist. A Stanley Cup win all but punches their tickets to the Hall of Fame, according to Ken Campbell. Me, I think Lundqvist already is a lock, but St. Louis' candidacy clearly needs another defining moment. This could be it.
• Close doesn't feel too good right now to a Montreal team that's left to wonder what might have been.
• Leave it to P.K. Subban to find something positive in defeat.
• Montreal's fans felt a mix of pride and dejection as they watched their team go farther than expected this spring, but still fall short of the ultimate goal.
• From a New York perspective: Dustin Tokarski was valiant in defeat for the Canadiens. No arguing that point. The debate begins now on whether he was a flash in the pan or took the first steps on his path to becoming a legitimate starter in the NHL.
• This was the moment that everyone wanted to see after the game: Brandon Prust and Derek Stepan in the handshake line.
• Cathal Kelly says there's nothing wrong with the playoffs other than the fact that they drag on into late June. Can't argue with his thinking, but there's no practical option for shortening the regular season to get us out of this mess.
• Prepare to be dazzled by the hand-eye coordination (and wrist strength) of first-round prospect Sonny Milano:
• Aaron Ekblad may be the prohibitive favorite to be drafted first overall, but the rugged defenseman says he still needs to work on at least one thing.
• Adam Proteau writes that both the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin would be best served if he returned home to play in the KHL. I suspect this piece generated some inspired responses from the greater DC area.• President Obama has called a sports safety conference for his weekend. Ken Dryden says his interest in preventing concussions isn't a bad thing but the level of discourse is about two years too late.