By Allan Muir
A guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• The Bruins staged an epic comeback in last night’s 2-1 win over Montreal. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s only the fourth time in history that the Bruins have won in Montreal after entering the third period trailing the Habs. The last time was 1967.
• The Washington Capitals are close to “sacrificing a cow” if that’s what it takes to break out of their early-season slump. Maybe an an offering of cigars and rum to Jobu will take the fear out of their sticks.
• Buffalo GM Darcy Regier promises that it won’t be coach Lindy Ruff who pays the price for the Sabres’ early struggles. Regier might be inclined to patch his leaking blueline instead.
• There are five teams that could use the services of Roberto Luongo right now…and the Vancouver Canucks are one of them.
• The NHL and IIHF will meet in New York next week to talk about the league’s potential Olympic participation. At this point, there’s nothing in the CBA that would allow players to head over to Sochi next year.
• Former Jet Randy Carlyle finally gets to make his emotional return to Winnipeg as coach of the Maple Leafs tonight.
• Rookies Robert Bortuzzo and Simon Despres are making real contributions to Pittsburgh’s blueline. GM Ray Shero felt so secure in their progress that he traded veteran Ben Lovejoy to the Ducks yesterday.
• The struggling Rangers had too many “scared players” in Tuesday night’s loss to the Devils. An infusion of courage could be on the way if Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi are able to go tonight against the Islanders.
• Seems Charlie Coyle made a good impression in his NHL debut Monday night. The rookie practiced on the Minnesota Wild’s first line on Wednesday and could replace struggling winger Dany Heatley in tonight’s game against the Canucks.
• The Tampa Tribune compares the goal-scoring exploits of Steven Stamkos to other 23-year-olds in NHL history. SPOILER: he stacks up pretty favorably.
• Nashville’s staff worked with “near stalker-like dedication” to remain connected to fans during the lockout. The hard work paid off with a pair of sellouts so far and another expected tonight.
• Ask Jim Slater what he likes to do in his spare time and he’ll answer grocery shopping. The Winnipeg Jets forward spells out what it takes to eat like an NHLer. It’s surprisingly similar to the diet of your average journalist…at least the Doritos part.
• After a strong start to the season, the Blue Jackets returned Ryan Johansen to Springfield to “rediscover his game.” Flashes of elite play are nice, but Columbus wants some consistency from its top prospect.
• Could an offer sheet be on the horizon for Ryan O’Reilly? I doubt it, but looking around at the teams that need center help, it’s not out of the question.
• One of the teams that could use O’Reilly is the Oilers. Edmonton has four centers out of the lineup after losing Anton Lander last night. Most of the injuries are short-term, but the Oilers can’t afford to wait if they want to remain in the playoff picture.
• The deal that sent unhappy forward Andrei Loktionov to the Devils might not be the last for the struggling Kings. Adding the speedy forward brings New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello’s plan to reunite the 2009 Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires one step closer to fruition.