Top Line: Ryan Miller's Patrick Roy moment, more links
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• We've seen this before, haven't we? A proud goaltender, waving in mock appreciation as a home crowd serenades him with a Bronx cheer? Yeah, Ryan Miller seemed as tired of the First Niagara Center crowd as they were of him after a couple of brutal goals led to an 8-4 Rangers' win that ended Buffalo's playoff hopes. Very easy to see him demanding a trade after that display.
• "Yes sir, just like clockwork, you can count on Brad Richards to record a hat trick once every 896 games." That's the great lead from Larry Brooks, writing about the veteran's first career three-goal game in the rout of the Sabres.
• It became apparent early on that as long as the manhunt for the bomber continued, the show could not go on in Boston. The postponement and rescheduling of Friday's game means the Bruins play their final six games in a span of just nine days.
• Mike Heika, who offers as entertaining a read as anybody out there these days, says the Stars were taught a valuable lesson in how to impose your will by the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. They probably would have preferred two points, but that lesson might pay greater dividends down the road.
• With the Sens trailing the Leafs by just a point in the standings, Kadri calls tonight's Battle of Ontario game the biggest of the year.
• Matt Calvert's name might not register among casual fans, but in Columbus he's recognized as a critical part of the surging Blue Jackets. Columbus will be hard pressed to replace his speed and grit after the winger was sidelined by a broken finger.
• The Avalanche were booed off the ice by a sparse crowd in Denver last night, and noted insomniac Adrian Dater doesn't blame them. He writes that the home side phoned it in, leading to Edmonton's 4-1 win.
• Here's a surprise: Goaltending tops the list of burning issues facing the Canucks ahead of the playoffs.
• Speaking of Karlsson, guess who's coming to town to play the Sens on Monday? No, really, guess! • If you've got time between games, don't forget to head out to your local shop and celebrate Record Store Day 2013. It's all about the vinyl, baby!