By Allan Muir
A guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
•Henrik Sedin chipped in a pair of assists to pass Markus Naslund as Vancouver’s all-time leading scorer but Cory Schneider gave up a couple of softies as Dallas staged a 4-3 comeback win. Kari Lehtonen left the game in the first, but early reports are this is a short-term injury.
• Jaroslav Halak may be ready to play by Sunday, but the Blues are in no rush after a solid performance from Jake Allen. Look below in the blog for the rookie’s Save of the Year candidate.
• Here’s an outsider’s perspective on Calgary’s search for relevancy.
• The Flyers lost a 3-1 lead and defenseman Kimmo Timonen last night. If he’s out for any length, Paul Holmgren may look to the trade market.
• Two wins in a row shouldn’t feel like a momentum shift for the defending Cup champs but that’s exactly what it’s come down to in L.A. It wasn’t much to look at, but an ugly win is exactly what this team needs. Worth noting that Jonathan Bernier has looked sharp in net in both victories.
• Tyler Myers rediscovered his Calder-winning form and Drew Stafford scored his first of the year as the Sabres staged a third-period rally to beat the Bruins. My favorite stat? Steve Ott with 11 hits, becoming the first Sabre since Paul Gaustad at the 2008 Winter Classic to hit double digits. In Boston, they were bemoaning a 40-minute effort
• On nights when the Bruins aren’t melting down, they’re getting more shots on net from centers Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci.
• Olympic talks ended yesterday with no commitment for NHL involvement in Sochi but progress was made. Sounds like a deal is in the works.
• Nick Lidstrom missed being around the Red Wings’ room…but not enough to come back.
• Chicago’s 2010 first-round pick Kevin Hayes has been suspended indefinitely by Boston College for breaking team rules.