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Sidney Crosby has been unstoppable for the Penguins despite the Senators boasting an elite defense. (AP)

Sidney Crosby has been unstoppable for the Penguins despite the Sens boasting elite defensemen. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

ByAllan Muir

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

• With the series hanging in the balance, the Senators should get a boost from the return of Jason Spezza. Just keep in mind, Sens fans, that the guy hasn't played in almost four months. Adrenalin might get him through the first game. After that, he might be just a guy with no legs for this pace.

• The Penguins boast the star power and the experience to take control of this series. But don't give up on the pesky Sens just yet.

• No, wait ... go ahead and give up.

• Toronto talked about it, but Pittsburgh made it happen. Awesome.

Brendan Smith was the goat in the Game 1 loss to Chicago. Here's what he did with the goat horns in Game 2.

• Playing the right type of game earned Detroit the Game 2 win, not the referees.

• The Hawks weren't the only team whining about the officiating Saturday night. The Kings weren't too happy, either. I'm guessing their emotional reaction subsides once they watch the game tape.

• You stay classy,Jonathan Quick.

• The NHL did not appreciate Doug Wilson's well-crafted rebuttal to its decision to suspend Raffi Torres. I'm guessing Wilson's okay with this little distraction.

• He has the skill, of course, but it's Henrik Zetterberg's wortk ethic that that makes him the ideal captain for these Red Wings.

• Hey, John Tortorella: Please tell us what you really think about this player and his contributions to the power play. And please, do not mince words.

• New York's plan against the Bruins today? Stay out of the penalty box. Also: score more goals than Boston.

• Brad Richards isn't the player the Rangers thought he was.

A little patience under pressure might be all the separates Tyler Seguin from his game-breaking swagger.

• Yet to score his first goal of the playoffs, Jaromir Jagr would like to help more as the series moves forward. Maybe he could talk Dallas into returning Lane MacDermid, Cody Payne and that maybe-first round draft pick to Boston. That would help.

• Steve Simmons explains why the Maple Leafs lost Game 7 in his Sunday column. Yes, they're still dwelling on this in Toronto.

• Larry Brooks points out the flaw in the plan for the Islanders to play six games a year at Nassau Coliseum after they move to Brooklyn, along with other notes.

• Mike Harrington has a few ideas about where Ryan Miller might land this summer.

• In the Memorial Cup showdown between the top two prospects in this year's draft, this guy emerged as the clear and obvious winner.

Eric Staal


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