Top Line: Broad Street echoes; biggest lesson of 2014 NHL playoffs; more links

Friday April 25th, 2014

By Allan Muir

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

• Here's great piece from Mike Sielski on Dave Schultz and Dale Rolfe and a fight that still resonates 40 years later.

• Tonight's start against the Rangers will shape the maturity of Philly goaltender Steve Mason.

• The across-the-board lesson from the opening round of the playoffs? No lead is safe anymore.

• No, Game 5 in St. Louis isn't a must-win for the Blues. But considering they've lost their past seven playoff road games, they might want to go ahead and take care of business at home.

The NHL's best road team can't wait to go home after scoring just one goal in two games in Minnesota.

• The Avs received an update on the status of Matt Duchene. The news was not good.

• A team’s best players know when to elevate their play — late in games and late in a series. Jarome Iginla and Boston's top line did exactly that to lead the Bruins to a series-shifting OT win over Detroit on Thursday night.

The Red Wings have made a valiant run through adversity, but their Game 4 loss showed that they're finally out of gas.

• Big performances from Marian Gaborik, Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick allow the Los Angeles Kings to fight another day.

• Damien Cox is puzzled by the surprisingly slow pace of change for the Capitals, Maple Leafs and Canucks.

• Scott Cullen considers the Sabres' ongoing rebuilding project in Buffalo and surmises, not surprisingly, that it's going to take some time.

• Bill Hoppe the Sabres might have an unexpected treasure in forward Tim Schaller.

• Well, at least the Edmonton Oilers can say they're better than the Chicago Cubs.

• Paul Stewart opens up about the difficult transition from player to referee.

• Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin is putting up some ridiculous numbers in the QMJHL playoffs.

• Top 2015 draft prospect Jack Eichel is tearing it up at the World Under-18s over in Finland. Ryan Kennedy takes a look at the big stories emerging from the tournament.

• Ben O'Conner is taking an unusual route to become a world-class player. Development opportunities can be hard to come by in non-traditional countries, so this is a promising step for GB hockey.

• Before Zach McKelvie could play pro hockey, he needed to get permission ... from his commanding general.

just to see what would happen.
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