By amuir29
April 23, 2014

By Allan Muir

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

• The internet was not kind to Brad Marchand of the Bruins last night, accusing the demonstrative forward of faking an injury. He offered an amusing rebuttal.

• It's not over for the Red Wings after last night's 3-0 loss to Boston, but it might as well be according to Eric Wilbur.

• The core of the Kings has been together for half a decade, but the team's struggles against the Sharks suggest that L.A. could be heading for a postseason breakup. If GM Dean Lombardi needs inspiration, he need look no further than across the ice. San Jose made a bold call to drop some of their thump in exchange for speed two years ago. Don't think their GM, Doug Wilson, has spent a moment regretting that decision.

They're ready to string up Matt Cooke in Minnesota, which doesn't bode well for his chances with the Department of Player Safety on Wednesday.

• The Wild's Darcy Kuemper earned a shutout in his first NHL playoff start. That deserves a song, right?

• In a rare interview Matt Duchene hints that he could be close to returning to the lineup for the Colorado Avalanche.

• A 2010 first rounder whose career was all but written off after a series of concussions could make his NHL debut tonight in Minnesota.

• Worried that Sidney Crosby hasn't scored yet against the Blue Jackets? Don't be. Advanced stats suggest he'll break out of his slump soon.

Unless this changes for the Blackhawks, they're going to have a hard time coming back in their series against the Blues.

• Injury-riddled St. Louis could get a big boost ahead of Wednesday night's Game 4.

• Richard Durrett says that the Ducks and the Stars need to shut up and play hockey. Clearly he was not allowed to have any fun as a child.

• The Lightning didn't come into their playoff series with the Canadiens looking for experience, but that's all they left with.

• With nothing but a week of rest ahead of them, the Habs' thoughts turn to their potential second-round opponents.

• Was that no-goal call made by Francis Charron in Game 3 of the Montreal-Tampa Bay series the work of an inexperienced official ... or, as Ron MacLean suggested, was it the result of some home-province cooking?

MacLean had to apologize for that very hot sports opinion. Kukla's Korner has a look at that, as well as the video of his original comments.

• So Steve Mason was well enough to dress, but not well enough to start last night? Sounds like the Flyers are playing fast and loose with his health.

Claude Giroux isn't doing much leading in his first playoff series as captain of the Flyers.

• Even if you've seen this clip of Daniel Carcillo's celly a few times, it's worth another look. Look at all that support he's getting from the fans!

• Meet Val Fonteyne, the cleanest player in NHL history.

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