Top Line: AHL team safe after Oklahoma tornado; Wings in control; more links
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• The practice facility for the Edmonton Oilers' AHL Oklahoma City affiliate is in Moore, a suburb that was devastated yesterday by a tornado. Fortunately, all players are safe and accounted for. Many local residents fled for refuge to the Cox Convention Center, where the team plays its games.
• The Hawks took issue with the no-goal call that cost them a chance to tie Monday night's game in the second period. They have a point...but that call isn't why they lost.
• The Wings have taken control of this series with a classic display of will over skill.
• Dejan Kovacevic wonders why the Penguins acquired Jarome Iginla if they weren't going to use him properly. It's a fair question. Iggy's working his tail off, but playing him on his off wing is like taking Angelina Jolie on a date to Sizzler. And it's not helping James Neal's game, either.
• The Pens are focusing on the positive elements of Game 3 instead of The Breakdown as they prep for Game 4. Fair enough. There was a lot to like about their effort, but that goal emphasizes everything that's wrong in their game. Untimely defensive lapses are built into the DNA of this team.
• This is rich. The Los Angeles Kings are complaining about the traffic that Jonathan Quick is having to contend with. Here's an idea: you've got these guys called defensemen who are allowed to clear the crease. Might want to suggest they give it a shot some time.
• Kings' coach Darryl Sutter says there's no such thing as momentum in the playoffs. Which is probably the smart thing to say if you're the guy whose team lost the last game.
• You've heard the cliché: Sometimes the best trades you make are the ones you don't. That's the way the Bruins are feeling now that Matt Bartkowski, who was destined for Calgary in the failed Jarome Iginla trade, is coming up big for them during the postseason. Now if only they could say they hadn't made the Jaromir Jagr deal...
• Boston's third line, usually a bastion of strength, is a combined minus-7 in the playoffs. Fair to say they have to step up their collective game if the Bruins are going to do any damage in New York.
• Jim Matheson answers the tough questions about compliance buyouts, playoff overtime, and free agents in his latest Ask Matty column.
• Now that Edmonton has finalized plans or a new arena, there's talk of a new facility for the Calgary Flames as well. • Portland's 6-3 win over London on Monday night leaves all four teams with a 1-1 mark and puts the Knights in a tough spot heading into tonight's game against Halifax.