Top Line: Special teams power Pens, Kings to Game 1 victories; more links

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Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson

The Penguins put two power play goals and a shortie behind Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson in Game 1. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

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

• Pittsburgh’s power play and penalty kill set the table for a decisive Game 1 win over the Senators.

• Ottawa’s special teams, on the other hand…

• Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson promises that adjustments will be made after his team’s weak Game 1 effort.

• The Kings almost blew their opener because they didn’t know how to handle a two-goal lead, writes Helene Elliott.

• The Sharks may have outshot the Kings, 35-20, but they didn’t do the one thing they had to in order to beat the champs.

• Raffi Torres’ hit on Jarret Stoll has some wondering if he’s really changed his ways at all.

• San Jose fourth-liner Bracken Kearns doesn’t just have the best name in hockey, he has the coolest back story.

• The Bruins know that first-round heroics don’t necessarily carry over to the second. Boston needs to find a higher level on a consistent basis if it wants to avoid being blown out by the Rangers.

• Boston’s ability to raise its game will reveal the real character of this team.

• Here’s a nice look back to a time when the Boston-New York rivalry was one of the best in hockey.

• The Rangers are playing an ugly style of hockey, but as long as they’re winning, it looks beautiful to their fans.

• Sounds like the Red Wings couldn’t be happier about playing Chicago in the second round, although I suppose if you get to Game 7 in the first, you’ll be thrilled to play anyone in the second.

• Here are the 10 keys to the Detroit-Chicago series.

• This series means as much to the cities of Chicago and Detroit as it does to the game.

• The Hawks have something of a roster controversy on their hands with the demotion of Viktor Stalberg off their top four lines.

• Because justice must not be cruel or unusual, an Ontario judge took an unusual step ahead of Boston vs. Toronto Game 7.

• Since we will never, ever get tired of talking about that game, here’s a unique take on exactly how the Leafs choked it all away.

• After another early playoff exit, it sounds like the Capitals need the help of their own psychologist…or maybe a few guys who actually know how to win.

• Each spring is beginning to feel depressingly familiar for Washington’s fans.

• With three jobs up for grabs on Canada’s Olympic team, goaltender Mike Smith is building his case with a strong performance at the World Championships. How he plays in the medal round, which starts today, could tell the tale.

• Dave Bidini is covering the World Championships for the National Post. If you don’t already make it a point to read everything he writes, start here.

• Vancouver’s fans should take issue with the postmortem comments by captain Henrik Sedin.

• Sounds like there might be a feud brewing in Vancouver between the Canucks and the WHL Giants.

• St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong describes his team’s goaltending situation as “cloudy.” That may be a polite way of saying that Jaro Halak’s attitude problem is giving him more grief than the tender’s spotty play. Who knows?

• Despite the league’s reputation as junior hockey’s poor relation, the QMJHL has a chance to claim a third straight Memorial Cup thanks to a powerhouse Halifax Mooseheads squad.

  • Published On May 15, 2013