An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Marc-Andre Fleury is wearing the goat horns, but last night’s OT loss in Columbus was a team effort by the Penguins.
• In honor of his late-game flub, here is a video compilation of Fleury’s greatest misses.
• Rob Rossi remembers that the Islanders faltered last spring when the narrative changed from “maybe they can upset the Pens” to “they can actually do it.” Can the Blue Jackets handle the pressures of a best-of-three series?
• Damien Cox beat me to it: Why a two-goal lead is no longer safe in hockey.
• Brad Marchand is back to being Brad Marchand, and the Bruins are better for it.
• Mike Babcock says Marchand is doing his job and the Red Wings have to ignore him.
• Sounds like Henrik Zetterberg will return for Game 4. The Red Wings desperately need a boost after scoring two goals through the first three games of their series with Boston, but they can’t expect their captain to carry them on his surgically repaired back.
• The sooner Matt Cooke follows Patrick Kaleta and Sean Avery into obscurity the better, writes Eric Duhatschek, who calls the Minnesota winger “a clear and present danger.” In case you need proof, here’s Cooke’s rap sheet.