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Top Line: Penguins at turning point; Sergei Bobrovsky leaving?; more links

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Tomas Vokoun and Marc-Andre Fleury

Marc-Andre Fleury or Tomas Vokoun? The Penguins’ Game 3 choice could make or break them. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

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

• Everyone always says they want to get off to a good start in a road playoff game. I guess this is what they’re talking about.

• Honestly, I thought if the Bruins were going to win this series, Tuukka Rask would have to be the first star four times. Safe to say last night disproved that theory.

• A big part of Boston’s future showed up last night, even if most of the team didn’t know it.

Even the media in Pittsburgh is getting frustrated by the Bruins.

• Dan Bylsma faces the biggest decision of his coaching career ahead of Game 3. Pick the wrong starting goaltender and this could be all over but the crying.

• Are the Bruins this good, or are the Penguins this bad?

• It’s a pretty simple scenario for the Kings tonight in Game 3: Win … or else.

• It’s not just that Jonathan Quick isn’t stopping enough pucks, it’s what the stumbles of L.A.’s best player do to the rest of the team’s confidence that could kill the Kings.

• When Anze Kopitar has the puck, he can be a top player. But with the Hawks playing keepaway, he’s basically a high-priced checker.

• Enjoy Bryan Bickell while you can, Hawks fans. His stellar playoff performance all but ensures that he’ll be wearing a different sweater next season.

• The Kings may be on a 14-game winning streak at home, but the Hawks head to Staples with this in their back pocket.

This Blackhawk can’t find the back of the net. But no one is complaining.

• Remember this name, Chicago fans: Antti Raanta.

• Sergei Bobrovsky is a free agent come July 5 and it’s conceivable that offer sheets or a massive contract from the KHL could see him leave Columbus high and dry.

Mandatory visor usage, hybrid icing and more changes to goalie equipment will be on the table today as the NHL’s Competition Committee meets for the first time with several new members.

• Dallas Eakins seems to be on the short list of every GM who is looking to hire a new head coach. Surprisingly, he might be an even better fit for one team that’s not in that market.

• So, now we know who was at fault for Montreal’s late-season collapse. Or, at least, we know who is taking the blame.

• It’s official: the Lightning have added this recently fired coach to their staff.

• As many as 10 teams could be in the market for a new No. 1 goalie through free agency or trades this summer.

• The Blackhawks and Penguins may not meet in the Cup Final, but their top prospects will face off against the finest from Ottawa and Toronto in a rookie tournament this summer.

• This is an absolutely crazy story about one player leveraging his popularity to make something incredible happen.

  • Published On Jun 04, 2013
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