By Allan Muir
A day like this calls for a record-setting, supersized annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Boston was envisioning a Game 7, writes Bruce Arthur, and suddenly they were shaking hands.
• Jonathan Toews found a way to dig deep and come up big when it mattered most to the Blackhawks.
• Chicago’s second Cup in four years came in a flash.
• The Bruins played 20 amazing minutes before letting complacency carry them into the summer.
• Bruins fans are disrespecting this great game if they can’t take a moment to appreciate what the Blackhawks accomplished, writes Steve Buckley.
• Their record start was a promise made to the fans of the Blackhawks. Last night’s win was the promise kept.
• This was the best moment for Cup-winning goalie Corey Crawford.
• No words needed: here are the pics of the Cup returning home to Chicago.
• Here are five takeaways from Boston’s Game 6 loss. Surprisingly, they’re not all punches to the gut.
• You must click here, because when else will you see Captain Serious moonwalking on the TD Garden ice?
• I haven’t seen Tim Thompson’s pay stub lately, but here’s more proof the CBC doesn’t pay him enough. Check out Hockey Night In Canada’s season-finale montage.
• Eric Duhatschek reveals the price paid by both the Bruins and Blackhawks during this very long short year. It’ll make you think twice about staying home to nurse your next cold.
• This was the longest minute in a long comeback by the Chicago Blackhawks.
• The memories of Tuukka Rasks’s spectacular playoff run were shattered in one miserable 17-second span.
• Patrice Bergeron wasn’t making excuses when he detailed the incredible list of injuries he played through. This is legendary stuff here.
• Zdeno Chara was targeted, and overwhelmed, by the Blackhawks, but he was beaten down more than beaten.
• Roy MacGregor has some thoughts on the year our winter game spilled over into summer. Again, it’s Roy MacGregor, so you need to read it.
• Here’s a look at the front page of today’s Chicago Tribune.
• Why yes, Toronto fans did take note of the irony in Boston’s final-minute collapse. Not that they would be so declasse as to mention it, of course…
• Watching this series reveals just how far the Montreal Canadiens are from being able to compete for the Cup.
• Allan Maki reveals the moments that made these playoffs so memorable.
• Workers drained an estimated 30 million gallons of water from Calgary’s Saddledome on Monday. Now it’s time to start assessing the damage … and figure out how long it will take to get the building back in hockey shape.
• But what about the the mud-caked head of Harvey the Hound?
• The Nashville Predators can sympathize with what the Flames are going through.
• New coach John Tortorella is bringing a lot of baggage with him to Vancouver … unless he proves he can leave it behind in New York.
• Ben Kuzman tries to suss out which men might best be suited to help him lighten that load.
• Tortorella rival Larry Brooks has a few words to share with his old sparring partner.
• Winnipeg coach Claude Noel was given the smallest possible vote of confidence yesterday. His one-year contract extension says “get the Jets into the playoffs next season…or else.”
• Making the trade was only half the battle. Now that the Leafs have figure out how to get Jonathan Bernier signed to a new deal.
• Captain Daniel Alfredsson and family headed home to Sweden on Sunday. Will his next visit to Ottawa lead to another season with the Senators or a thorough housecleaning before retiring back home?
• Niklas Backstrom took a significant pay cut to remain with the Wild for the next three seasons.
• A rumored deal that would see Edmonton send prospect Lance Pitlick go to Minnesota for Cal Clutterbuck makes sense for both sides.
• The Glendale City Council is about to mortgage the farm to keep the Coyotes in Phoenix. That’s always a good idea, right?
• The Washington Capitals would rather have too many good goalies than trade Michal Neuvirth.
• This is absolutely incredible. More than 21,000 screaming fans were on hand to watch a Canada-U.S. exhibition game featuring the likes of Erik Condra, Kyle Quincey, Zenon Konopka and Kyle Wilson … in Sydney, Australia. Whoever promoted that thing is some kind of genius.
More Game 6 coverage from SI.com:
KWAK: Chicago’s thrilling Game 6 comeback a fitting end to this postseason
MUIR: Report Card for Blackhawks’ Cup-clinching Game 6 win over Bruins
DATER: For Boston fans, heartbreak softened by perspective
DATER: Despite quiet Game 6 showing, Kane a deserving Conn Smythe winner
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