Top Line: Rick Nash a smash in C'bus; NHL issues apology; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Here's something you don't see every day: the NHL has apologized to a team for a blown call that may have cost them the game. Good on 'em. It was the right thing to do.
• Bobby Ryan lacks a no-trade clause. Jason Spezza could be tiring of the whipping-boy role. Craig Anderson has a ready understudy in Robin Lehner. With change needed and room for flexibility, could the Ottawa Senators be headed for a massive roster overhaul this summer?
• Patrick Roy went rogue last night in an effort to tie up the game against the Bruins. His bold plan didn't work, but how great is it to see a coach more intent on scoring than worried about being scored upon?
• St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock says this team will be a bear in the playoffs. I'd agree. They're going to be a chic pick to go far once everyone starts making their postseason predictions.
• A Penn State player didn't think twice about sacrificing part of his season to save a life. Just an amazing story.
• This guy really seems to be enjoying this Chicago/Carolina scrum.
• Come back, Strombone! All is forgiven!
• What would the NHL standings look like without the tie-breaking magic of the shootout? There'd be a shake-up in the Presidents' Trophy race, for one.
• A few recent wins over league lightweights should not disabuse anyone in Vancouver of the notion that their team is done for the year and is headed for a significant overhaul.
• Anyone else looking forward to a couple games like this this spring?
• The devotion of Winnipeg's fans is the envy of the league. So when will management commit to giving them a team worthy of their love?
• Easily the greatest set of goalie pads, ever. So where's the mask?
• Now this is a beautiful moment.