Top Line: Carey Price saves a life, low-maintenance Capitals, more links

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By Allan Muir

A guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:

Carey Price saved the life of RDS analyst Marc Denis with quick leather (above).

• It's nice to say that Alex Ovechkin needs to step up and answer his critics, but I'm not sure he cares enough to bother.

• Apparently there are no Lindsay Lohans on the Washington Capitals.

• Ben Scrivens earned his second straight shutout, prompting the question of the day:

• The Blackhawks only need a single point tonight against Vancouver to earn a spot in the NHL record book. GM Stan Bowman has taken his shots in Chicago, but he deserves a pat on the back for the team's fine start.

• Focusing on the defensive side of things helped Steven Stamkos work through a six-game scoring slump.

Claude Giroux played the fiery leader card after Saturday's loss to Montreal. The Flyers responded on Monday afternoon with "a flawless...60-minute game" against the Islanders...which was nice but, again, it was the Islanders. Let's see Philly show up with that kind of focus against the Penguins tomorrow night.

Peter Budajearned his second consecutive win in relief as Montreal beat the Canes, 3-0. In both starts, the Habs limited their opponent to fewer than 20 shots. Teams always talk about stepping it up to protect the backup goalies. Montreal is actually doing it.

• It'll be an emotional night for Detroit's Jordin Tootoo, who plays tonight for the first time against his former team, the Nashville Predators. Meanwhile, the Wings are turning to pint-sized Tomas Tatar to provide net presence for the team's pop-gun power play.

• Long-time Kings' broadcaster Bob Miller shares some memories of former team owner Jerry Buss, who passed away yesterday.

• Sources say that Devin Setoguchi will be fined rather than suspended for this high stick to the face of Kyle Quincey. I don't know...intentional crosscheck to the chops? Seems to be worth about a game in the stands to me.

• Christian Ehrhoff is more than just the best of a bad bunch in Buffalo.

• No secret why Tyler Seguin hasn't been scoring this season: he's relying on skill over will. He finally reversed that against the Jets. The B's are hoping that effort wasn't a one-off. Maybe they should show him some video of the Blackhawks.

• Several members of the Boston Bruins spent a rare off day with families affected by the Sandy Hook massacre.

• Jonas Hiller proved he isn't quite ready to settle in as a backup to Viktor Fasth with a sharp performance against Columbus. In the other room, the Blue Jackets are focusing on correcting the little mistakes that always come back to haunt them.

• The KHL playoffs get underway tomorrow, causing Russian fans to ask, "Who will be the next Anisin?" North American fans wonder, "Did I miss something? Who was the last Anisin?"

• Linda Staal talks about raising four hockey-playing sons.

makes me feel bad inside