Top Line: OT power rankings; Chicago's greatest; the Fleury mirage?; more
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Here's Matt Larkin with a Power Ranking of this season's overtime winners. Because why not?
• Mike Zeisberger looks at the tales of two goalies in Los Angeles, Gary Bettman's thoughts on Donald Sterling, and next year's outdoor game schedule in this potpourri column.
• The kids have been better than alright in the series between the Kings and the Ducks, bringing late-game energy when both teams' old legs begin to tire.
• The Insane Clown Posse has seen its share of miracles, but even they had to be stunned by this: Ilya Bryzgalov shut out the Blackhawks to lead the Wild to a 4-0 win.
• Tom Power says that Minnesota's players evicted the Blackhawks from their heads with the Game 3 victory.
• Forget about that bump in the road that Chicago encountered on Tuesday night. Rick Morrissey considers what the Blackhawks have already done and what they could do, and wonders if they'll surpass the Bulls as the greatest franchise in Chicago sports history.
• Another lackluster start doomed Boston, which spent the night chasing Montreal instead of forcing the action.
• He still hasn't taken part in a full practice with the team, but the Rangers sound hopeful that top-six forward Chris Kreider is very close to returning to the lineup. My guess? Kreider won't play in Game 4, but it will be all-hands-on-deck for New York in Game 5.
• Joshua Cooper writes about how Peter Laviolette met the four key conditions set by GM David Poile in order to become the new head coach of the Predators. I'm thinking that No. 2 probably sealed the deal.
• Trade trouble for the Sharks, Shea Weber's future in Nashville and a possible swap between the Preds and the Flyers are among the topics covered by Elliotte Friedman in this week's 30 Thoughts column.
• Don't overthink it, says Ronnie Shuker -- this man will be the runaway winner of the Jack Adams Award.
• A key member of Team Canada was sent home yesterday for precautionary reasons and will miss the upcoming World Championship.
• Team USA's Jimmy and Kevin Hayes were inspired to play hockey by a pair of famous cousins.
• A bunch of guys started playing hockey on Sunday in Alberta. If all goes well, they'll keep skating through May 14 and set a new world record for the longest game ever. • William Douglas has the story of the first man of color to play in the NHL, and the amazing tale of how his sweater ended up in the Hockey Hall of Fame.