Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier was under siege and all night against St. Louis. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• It wasn’t so much that the Maple Leafs’ losing streak reached six games on Wednesday night as it was that their effort has Toronto’s fans asking some tough questions about the way the team was built and is being coached.
• How bad was it? Blues coach Ken Hitchcock says that his team should have scored 10 goals.
• Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle made a critical mistake late that may have cost his team the game. Steve Simmons says that Carlyle’s decision was inexcusable.
• The Blackhawks Teuvo Teravainen was not handed the Calder Trophy after his first shift, but the Finnish phenom looked pretty solid in his NHL debut with Chicago on Wednesday night.
• A disputed goal by Cam Atkinson left Red Wings fans seeing red and led to a critical win for the Blue Jackets.
• The Rangers say that Chris Kreider will miss tonight’s game against the Flyers, but there’s speculation that a hand injury will force him to miss a month or more. A tough break if true for the Blueshirts, a team that’s fighting for its playoff life, and a good reminder to keep your palms in when blocking shots.
• Philadelphia made a bold decision by letting Danny Briere skate off as a free agent last summer in favor of signing Vincent Lecavalier. So far, Briere has done nothing to make the Flyers regret that part of the deal, but they’re still waiting for Lecavalier to pay dividends.