Top Line: Joe Thornton's four goal celebration a hot topic; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• The day after Joe Thornton's stroke of genius, the media is debating whether it was appropriate to publish his plans for celebrating a four-goal game, should the opportunity arise. Here's an argument against by Dan Murphy, along with some video from last night's Sportsnet coverage. Jason Botchford, the writer who first published the quote explained the decision to run with it. And here are my thoughts on the subject.
• Tony Gallagher says it's been a long time since the Canucks were dominated like they were by the Sharks last night.
• Great. Now Thomas Vanek is "disrespecting the game" with a between-the-legs shot. Doesn't he know it would be more thrilling for the fans if he just banged away four or five times at a rebound?
• May as well send the Jack Adams Award out to be engraved now, eh? I mean, Patrick Roy had a red-hot goalie in Semyon Varlamov and a date with the Bruins in Boston last night. So what does he do? Throws J-S Giguere between the pipes for his first start of the season. The veteran responded with a 39-save shutout to keep the Avs perfect on the season. #coachinggenius
• Did Milan Lucic lose the game for the Bruins when he lost his cool? Adrian Dater thinks so. And check out the video for Roy's thoughts on fighting in hockey . .. at least, his thoughts after a game in which one of his key guys chose not to fight.
• Not surprisingly, Looch wasn't happy with the misconduct call.
• The futility of Tuesday night's debacle in San Jose carried over into another embarrassing loss for the Rangers on Thursday. A team that was blown out of the barn one night is supposed to show up with some pride and passion the next time it hits the ice, not get outshot 17-3 in the first period.
• George Malik has all the details on Sergei Fedorov's surprising return to action in the KHL.
• For a guy who spent years wearing the NHL's dullest headgear, Anaheim's Jonas Hiller has really come around lately. His latest mask, designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Mighty Ducks, is going to end up in the Hall of Fame. It's that good.
• After a 36-save shutout of the Nashville Predators dropped his GAA to 0.87 and pumped his save percentage to .974, it's safe to say the goaltending battle in Toronto is over for now and Jonathan Bernier is the winner.
• Team USA general manager David Poile said on Thursday that he was looking forward to seeing Toronto's three American-born Olympic hopefuls in action against his Nashville Predators. One of them made a big impression.
• Another big night from "the Galleys" ensured that the Habs wouldn't go 0-for-Alberta. So much for the sophomore jinx, eh? Both Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher look stronger, smarter and more dangerous than they did during their very effective rookie seasons.
• Sabres fans were warned to expect some suffering this season. So far, that's exactly what the team has delivered. Through five games, Mike Weber ranks 599th -- dead last -- with a minus-8 rating. Tyler Myers is right there with him at minus-7. It's gonna be a long year, kids.
• It might be less long for Patrick Kaleta, who faces a hearing with Brendan Shanahan today after taking a cheap shot at the head of Jack Johnson. If ever there was a time for Shanny to throw the book at someone, this is it.will induct four new members