Top Line: Chicago’s Stanley Cup Final hole looks deep, more links

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The Blackhawks look on during their Game 3 loss in the Stanley Cup Final.

Ugly history: Game 3 losers have lost the Cup final 84 percent of the time since 1939. (Gail Oskin/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

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

• You remember that 3-1 deficit that Chicago rallied from against the Red Wings? This 2-1 hole they’ve dug for themselves against the Bruins seems a lot deeper, doesn’t it?

• It’s a rare day that the Boston Globe pulls Dan Shaughnessy out from behind the pay-wall. Take advantage of this while you can.

• There’s Danny Paille, scoring his second winner in as many games. Because apparently Moe Lemay wasn’t available.

• With Marian Hossa a late scratch, Chicago needed Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to step up…so the Hawks were pretty much DOA at that point.

• Ben Smith earned a last-minute promotion from the Black Aces for a Stanley Cup start in the town where he made his name as a college hockey hero.

• How easy did Tuukka Rask have it? Bruce Arthur writes he was “as casual as a lemonade stand.”

Three Stars weren’t enough to recognize all the heroes of a disciplined, exhaustive effort last night by the Bruins.

• The Bruins were worried about respecting Chicago’s speed and avoiding dumb penalties. Should have been the other way around, writes Roy MacGregor.

• Here are five takeaways from the Boston win.

• And here are three keys to the Blackhawks’ loss.

• It’s the same tune, but with different lyrics. In Boston, they’re singing about a penalty kill that is in the groove. In Chicago, they’re wailing a dirge about a power play gone wrong.

• Given a little time and space, Jaromir Jagr is showing he still has a bit of the ol’ razzle-dazzle in his game.

• Maybe that word means something else in Finnish.

• A tentative lease agreement for Arena will be presented to Glendale city council tonight. If they agree to what amounts to $15 million in subsidies within a week, the Coyotes may just make it. If not, Plan B — Seattle — is all but a done deal.

• The league may love the thought of a franchise in Seattle, but a club facing at least four or five seasons in an outdated rink might be just as big a financial drain as one in the desert.

• The sheer goofiness of some of the voting for this year’s NHL awards may lead to greater transparency in the future.

• Logan Couture’s got lunch. The budding superstar reportedly has agreed to terms on a contract extension that should ensure he’s capable of picking up the tab for years to come.

• John Tortorella has to convince the Vancouver Canucks that he can leave his baggage in New York.

• The Flyers and Mark Streit have agreed to a four-year, $21 million deal. Problem is, they can’t sign anything until GM Paul Holmgren clears some old money off the books. See ya later, Danny Briere.

• Philly clearly needed to bolster a sub-par blueline. But is Streit the answer or just another expensive, aging risk?

• The Flyers have their eye on Donovan McNabb’s nephew in this year’s draft. If that’s the case, they might want to think about moving up from 11. I don’t see defenseman Darnell Nurse dropping that far.

• Speaking of the draft, here’s a look at the top-five picks from the perspective of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

• New coach Alain Vigneault will bring substantial changes in style to the New York Rangers.

• Owner Jeff Vanderbeek missed a loan payment deadline and now the Devils are looking for some angel investors..and a couple of guys with failed ties to the Lightning are at the front of the line. Somewhere, a documentarian is getting ready to start shooting B roll for Big Shot 2.

• The Mississauga Steelheads vow that they won’t rush the progress of Sean Day, the 15-year-old defender who is drawing comparisons to Paul Coffey.

  • Published On Jun 18, 2013