Top Line: Underdog Red Wings teaching Blackhawks bitter lesson, more links
By John Rolfe
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Eric Duhatschek points out that those surprising Red Wings are rudely reminding the Blackhawks that a stellar regular season means nothing once you're in the playoffs.
• The more Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville mixes and matches and juggles and tinkers, the more out of synch his team becomes.
• George Malik on one of Detroit's subtle x-factors in the series.
• Mired in a 26-game scoring slump, the Kings' Anze Kopitar did what big game players do, writes Helene Elliott.
• Think the Kings-Sharks series will go seven? The Sharks sure hope so.
• Drew Doughty responded to T.J. Galiardi's embellishment accusation against Jonathan Quick by pointing out that it takes a diver to know a diver.
• Sparked by lineup changes, the reeling Rangers found their inner resolve just in time to stave off summer, at least for one more game.
• After spending much of the season in John Tortorella's doghouse or the AHL, Chris Kreider picked a fine time to rekindle some of the magic he worked last year in the playoffs.
• Boston's normally reliable Tuukka Rask took responsibility for a "goaltending error for the ages" in a loss that probably left some Bruins fans wondering what kind of horror comes next.
• If the Penguins' offense is truly awake now, can anyone tame the monster in a seven-game series?
• Apparently being pesky isn't enough to capture the heart of a nation, even if you're Canada's last team standing in the postseason.
• The Denver Post's Terry Frei wisely recommends that Joe Sakic best be a boss and not a friend to new coach Patrick Roy. • The London Knights brought an ugly end to host team's stay in the Memorial Cup, routing the Saskatoon Blades 6-1 in the tournament's tiebreaker game. London moves on to Friday's semifinal against Seth Jones and the Portland Winterhawks.