By Allan Muir
A guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• In Philly, they’re calling it a huge bolt of energy. But did Zac Rinaldo go too far in his fight with Tampa Bay’s B.J. Crombeen? Looks like it to me.
• The Washington Capitals gave away Nicklas Backstrom garden gnomes to fans and two points to the visiting Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. The Caps now “boast” a league-worst 2-7-1 mark after their 3-2 loss. There already are calls for Adam Oates’ job, but I have to believe that GM George McPhee makes a personnel move before canning the rookie coach.
• Maybe the Leafs should barnstorm the rest of the season because they’re historically (and hysterically) bad at home.
• I mean, yeah, it has the makings of an epic steal, but was the Phil Kessel trade really the best in Boston sports history?
• SI.com’s own Adrian Dater has the latest on the Ryan O’Reilly contract talks.
• David Clarkson scored twice in a 3-1 win over the Rangers, giving him seven on the season. Maybe that 30-goal campaign wasn’t a fluke after all.