Monday, 28. April 2014 - 05:54 Uhr

Top Line- Bruins crash Toronto's party, Marc Staal returns, more links

By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
? Someone forgot to tell the Bruins that Monday night was supposed to be Toronto’s party.
? Leafs Nation did its part last night. The Leafs? Not so much.
? It’s not often that the goalie is the story in a win as decisive as Boston’s, but Tuukka Rask and his 46 saves carried the day for the Bruins.
? The return of Marc Staal after two months on IR provided a huge emotional boost to the Rangers.
? The key to winning a close game for the Rangers? Shutting down Alex Ovechkin. AO threw 11 shots at New York’s net, but only two found the target. That’s how you minimize the damage.

? Handing a last-minute advantage to the league’s top power play unit is a lousy lead preservation strategy. Fortunately for the Blueshirts, the Capitals spent the final minute being cute instead of putting the puck on the net.
? Mitch Albom (yep, he still writes about sports) explains how Detroit’s rookies were the unlikely heroes in the Wings’ Game 4 win.
? Of course, argues Drew Sharp,Cheap New Jersey Devils Jerseys, the game doesn’t get to OT without the heroics of goaltender Jimmy Howard.
? Rob Pizzo offers up his interpretation of hockey’s playoff cliches.
? Just to make things interesting, hard-hitting defender Eric Gryba is set to return to Ottawa’s lineup tonight. Just keep your head up,Cheap NHL Jerseys, kid.
? The Canadiens aren’t built to pound their opponents. That, Dave Stubbs writes, is why the Habs have to play it smart tonight.
? Kevin Bieksa called out the San Jose Sharks for diving. Maybe he should have called out his own teammates for not scoring.
? Dave Bolland is close to returning to the Blackhanwks lineup, but it won’t happen in time for Game 4.
? The Islanders aren’t going away as long as the Penguins keeping feeding them hot, fresh turnovers.
? This isn’t about trying hard and saying they put up a good fight, says Josh Bailey. The Isles are in it to win it.
? The Kings’ offense finally found high gear in LA’s 4-3 win over St. Louis.
? The Blues still have home-ice advantage, but they threw away an opportunity to put the Kings behind the eight ball.
? Jim Matheson talks a potential Shea Weber trade, the buzz on a couple of rising prospects, and Russia’s ham-fisted handling of its World Championships roster.
? Matty also offers up some hot trade speculation.
? Could New Jersey’s David Clarkson be a free agent target of the Flyers? Maybe if he was a defenseman.
? I guess you could say that Winnipeg first-rounder Mark Scheifele had a big night for himself in the OHL final last night.