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Top Line: Carey Price saves a life, low-maintenance Capitals, more links

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By Allan Muir

A guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

Carey Price saved the life of RDS analyst Marc Denis with quick leather (above).

• It’s nice to say that Alex Ovechkin needs to step up and answer his critics, but I’m not sure he cares enough to bother.

• Apparently there are no Lindsay Lohans on the Washington Capitals.

• Ben Scrivens earned his second straight shutout, prompting the question of the day:

• The Blackhawks only need a single point tonight against Vancouver to earn a spot in the NHL record book. GM Stan Bowman has taken his shots in Chicago, but he deserves a pat on the back for the team’s fine start.

• Focusing on the defensive side of things helped Steven Stamkos work through a six-game scoring slump.

• Claude Giroux played the fiery leader card after Saturday’s loss to Montreal. The Flyers responded on Monday afternoon with “a flawless…60-minute game” against the Islanders…which was nice but, again, it was the Islanders. Let’s see Philly show up with that kind of focus against the Penguins tomorrow night.

• Peter Budaj earned his second consecutive win in relief as Montreal beat the Canes, 3-0. In both starts, the Habs limited their opponent to fewer than 20 shots. Teams always talk about stepping it up to protect the backup goalies. Montreal is actually doing it.

• It’ll be an emotional night for Detroit’s Jordin Tootoo, who plays tonight for the first time against his former team, the Nashville Predators. Meanwhile, the Wings are turning to pint-sized Tomas Tatar to provide net presence for the team’s pop-gun power play.

• Long-time Kings’ broadcaster Bob Miller shares some memories of former team owner Jerry Buss, who passed away yesterday.

• Sources say that Devin Setoguchi will be fined rather than suspended for this high stick to the face of Kyle Quincey. I don’t know…intentional crosscheck to the chops? Seems to be worth about a game in the stands to me.

• Christian Ehrhoff is more than just the best of a bad bunch in Buffalo.

• No secret why Tyler Seguin hasn’t been scoring this season: he’s relying on skill over will. He finally reversed that against the Jets. The B’s are hoping that effort wasn’t a one-off. Maybe they should show him some video of the Blackhawks.

• Several members of the Boston Bruins spent a rare off day with families affected by the Sandy Hook massacre.

• Jonas Hiller proved he isn’t quite ready to settle in as a backup to Viktor Fasth with a sharp performance against Columbus. In the other room, the Blue Jackets are focusing on correcting the little mistakes that always come back to haunt them.

• The KHL playoffs get underway tomorrow, causing Russian fans to ask, “Who will be the next Anisin?” North American fans wonder, “Did I miss something? Who was the last Anisin?”

• Linda Staal talks about raising four hockey-playing sons.

• This makes me feel bad inside.

  • Published On Feb 19, 2013
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