An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• The embarrassment of being left in the net by coach Mario Tremblay for nine goals on Dec. 2, 1995 precipitated Patrick Roy’s departure from Montreal. But here’s why, as a coach, Roy had no problem hanging Semyon Varlamov out to dry after he allowed the Oilers eight goals on 28 shots last night.
• One Oilers fan offered Taylor Hall her full support after he buried his hat trick goal last night. Because why not?
• Is chemistry with Sidney Crosby reason enough to invite Chris Kunitz and James Neal to play for Team Canada in Sochi? Ken Campbell believes it is. I’m not so sure. Both are solid players, but if that line struggles and has to be broken up, are Kunitz and Neal valuable enough on their own to justify their places on another line?
• Campbell also makes the argument that Max Pacioretty deserves to be suspended for his hit on Johnny Boychuk last night. It was tough to see Boychuk in so much pain, but seriously? If this hit is suspendable, we’re one step away from playing no-contact hockey.
• Dave Stubbs writes that Montreal’s win last night deserves a punctuation mark. I’m right there with him. A tremendous group effort and a huge moment for a team that looks like it’s convincing itself just how good it can be.