An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Mikael Granlund’s spectacular OT game-winner gave the Wild the result they deserved against the Avalanche.
• Colorado is irate after defenseman Tyson Barrie was injured by a reckless hit from Matt Cooke. The league isn’t too happy, either. It scheduled an in-person meeting with Cooke for later on Tuesday, which suggests that he will be suspended for at least five games. It’s the latest incident in what’s been a trial by fire for new NHL disciplinarian Stephane Quintal.
• One thing to keep in mind when Quintal’s ruling comes down: Under the terms of the CBA, Cooke is not a repeat offender. Doesn’t quite seem right, does it?
• Barrie’s injury was brutal, but the fractured leg suffered by Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas was heartbreaking. You can’t help but feel for the hard-working veteran, who battled back from an injury to the same leg earlier this season. Here’s hoping he’s able to make a complete recovery during the summer.
• If the Bruins are going to get past the Red Wings in their opening round series, Boston will have to do something it hasn’t done since 2007.
• Reinforcements could be on the way for the Bruins.