By Allan Muir
A guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Zdeno Chara’s goal highlighted another efficient effort by the Boston Bruins in their 4-1 win over the Panthers. Stephen Weiss was brutal for Florida. He’s been in a tailspin of late — a prelude to a trade?
• Carey Price’s six-word reply to an internet troll is an instant classic. Meanwhile, Max Pacioretty avoided supplemental discipline for his hit on Ryan McDonagh and will be in the lineup tonight against the Senators.
• Sometimes it’s just a matter of finding a way not to lose for the Chicago Blackhawks. They allowed Columbus to hang around all night, but managed to cling to a 1-0 win that pushed their season-starting record to 18 games with a point.
• The latest on Evgeni Malkin: no headaches, memory loss has dissipated, but the reigning MVP will not join the Penguins on this week’s three-game road trip.
• Stand-up response from New Jersey coach Pete DeBoer, who didn’t blame a blown call for his team’s loss to the Jets. “If you put yourself at the mercy of the referees late in the game, that’s your own fault,” he said.
• The value and wisdom of that approach was lost on Joe Sacco and the Avalanche who blamed the stripes for their overtime loss to the Ducks. Tells you a lot about the different directions of those two organizations, doesn’t it?
• Hard to tell who had the rougher day in Vancouver’s 8-3 loss to Detroit: Zack Kassian or Roberto Luongo, who saw his once league-leading GAA balloon from 1.45 to 2.11 over the span of three miserable hours.
• In case you took something more useful in college than Swedish, here’s a rough translation of this article: Nick Lidstrom recently turned down a request from HV-71 to come out of retirement.
• The Kings have tightened up their D, allowing just one goal in each of their last three games. The Ducks have averaged four goals per game during their current hot streak. Should make tonight’s renewal of the rivalry a solid test for both sides.
• New coach Ron Rolston says Buffalo rookie Mikhail Grigorenko is struggling to match the pace of the NHL game. At least the two agree that playing him on a fourth line with John Scott isn’t the most suitable thing for his development.
• Is it time for the Oilers to trade Ales Hemsky?
• Another take on the NHL’s proposed realignment plan. David Shoalts also reports that hybrid icing may not be dead — good to hear, but I’ll believe it when I see it.
• James van Reimsdyk returns to Philadelphia tonight, where he will no doubt score a pair of goals, causing Philly’s fans to revise history and wonder why the Flyers couldn’t have kept a dominant winger like that.