Top Line: Stanley Cup Final Game 2 reacts; awards controversy; more links

Sunday June 16th, 2013

After two games and 4 overtimes, the Stanley Cup winner could be decided by a few lucky bounces. (John Biever/SI) After two games and 4 overtimes, the Stanley Cup winner could be decided by a few lucky bounces. (John Biever/SI)


By Allan Muir

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

• With the two teams so evenly matched, the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks may come down to stupid, dumb luck.

• Game 2 proved that playoff hockey is anything but predictable or fair.

• Claude Julien called it a hunch. Good thing he trusts his gut. It ended up winning him the game.

• Here's how the Bruins were able to turn the game around...from the Chicago perspective.

• The Hawks feel like the quick whistle that negated an apparent goal by Marian Hossa killed their momentum in Game 1. Maybe, maybe not. Ultimately, they outshot the Bruins 19-4 in the first, but only managed a 1-0 lead. You have to take the kill shot when it comes to you.

• Bruce Arthur with the lede of the night: "If you’ve got a shovel and a body you’d better finish the job before somebody shows up, trapping you in the headlights." The rest of his genius is here.

• If the Blackhawks can't turn the man advantage into, you know, an actual advantage, the futility of their power play may end up costing them the Cup.

• Maybe it means something. Maybe it doesn't. But Chicago heads to Boston having lost Game 3 on the road in each previous series.

• He had just three assists through the first 17 games of the playoffs, but Tyler Seguin notched a pair just last night in his best game of the postseason.

Here is a gentle reminder that a ticket in the lower bowl comes with the responsibility to keep your eye on the puck.

• Gotta have a montage! Montaaaaage!

• Is Brendan Shanahan ready to turn in his sheriff's badge? Looks like he could be heading out west to join the front office of the Calgary Flames.

• New York GM Glen Sather made the right call in going with the experience of Alain Vigneault over the aura of Mark Messier.

• That Vigneault chose the Rangers over the Dallas Stars shows how much work this once-mighty organization has to do to rebuild the brand.

• "I think I had the best year I could possibly have," said Ted Lindsay-winner Sidney Crosby.

• GM George McPhee says winning the Hart Trophy caught Alex Ovechkin off guard.

• Eric Duhatschek writes that Ovechkin's win highlights the need to redefine the award to honor the most outstanding player. The sooner this happens, the better.

• Steve Simmons says Ovechkin won for all the wrong reasons.

• Capture this moment: P.K. Subban is humbled by his Norris Trophy win.

Jonathan Huberdeau and Brendan Gallagher each earned 54 first-place votes in the Calder Trophy balloting. Here's who pulled off the narrow victory.

• He may have been edged out in the EA Sports cover balloting, but Sergei Bobrovsky took solace in his consolation Vezina.

• The Columbus organization is chuffed by the Bobrovsky win. Now they have to getting the pending free agent signed.

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