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Top Line: NHL’s underrated postseason players; Penguins in danger; more links

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Marcus Kruger of the Chicago Blackhawks is one of the NHL's most underrated postseason players.

If the Blackhawks’ are to stage a comeback, they’ll need a spark from Marcus Kruger (16). (Charles Cherney/AP)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• Nate Greenberg breaks out the charts and graphs to reveal the five most underrated players in the NHL playoffs.

• Forget the complaints about Rob Scuderi and Kris Letang and Dan Bylsma. The Penguins can live with their occasional brain cramps. What they can’t survive without are premium efforts from Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. And Dejan Kovacevic says that Pittsburgh can’t wait much longer for their A-games to arrive.

• Not that the Avalanche have missed him while Nathan MacKinnon has been running wild, but Matt Duchene is one step closer to returning to the Colorado lineup.

• Speaking of MacKinnon, the Wild might try to Cooke the Colorado kid in Game 3.

Will David Backes play in Game 3 against the Blackhawks? And if he can’t go, what will it mean to the Blues?

• The Stars went 10-2-1 at home down the stretch. Now they need some more home cooking to stay alive.

• The Sharks’ offensive outburst is the lead story of San Jose’s 7-2 win over the Kings, but the underlying theme was San Jose’s resilience in the face of an early 2-0 deficit.

• The Red Wings might be able to outskate the Bruins, but they sure don’t measure up in scrums.

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  • Published On Apr 21, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs: Flyers show resilience in 4-2 win over Rangers

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    2014 NHL Playoffs: Philadelphia Flyers bounce back in Game 2 win over New York Rangers

    Wayne Simmonds (left) iced the win for the Flyers with a great effort that led to an empty net goal. (Getty Images)

    By Sarah Kwak

    NEW YORK — Bouncing back has been a theme all season in Philadelphia, where the Flyers have embraced adversity and turned it into a strength. Their atrocious 1-7-0 start and the dismissal of coach Peter Laviolette were just minor detours on the way to a 94-point season. Captain Claude Giroux went goalless for the first month of the season, but turned his season around and became the NHL’s most productive player of the second half. Philly had the third-best record in the Eastern Conference when trailing after two periods and they scored the second-most third-period goals in the league. Really, bad starts don’t seem to bother the Flyers all that much. Game 2 of their series against the Rangers proved that on Sunday afternoon.

    Philadelphia rookie Jason Akeson redeemed himself after a catastrophic playoff debut in a 4-1 loss in Game 1, and goalie Ray Emery also improved his play markedly — on Thursday, his surgically-repaired hips had been exploited time and time again. Despite falling behind by two goals in the first 10 minutes of the game on Sunday, the Flyers didn’t panic. They fought back, and though they were outshot 33-25 by New York, three second-period goals carried them to a 4-2 win. As the series heads two hours south down I-95, Philly and Rangers are now tied one game apiece.

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  • Published On Apr 20, 2014
  • Ted Nolan, Craig Berube set to make NHL history tonight in Philadelphia

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    Ted Nolan of the Buffalo Sabres

    Of First Nation heritage, Ted Nolan coached Latvia’s national team before his NHL return. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An interesting bit of hockey history is set to unfold in Philadelphia tonight. For the first time ever, two First Nations head coaches will square off when Craig Berube’s Flyers host Ted Nolan’s Buffalo Sabres.

    Tonight’s meeting is no small matter for the men involved or the minority they represent.

    “It’s huge,” Nolan, an Ojibwa, told on Wednesday. “The significance of it is not really what it means to me, or Craig Berube, but what it means when you think of what our ancestors went through.”

    “It’s pretty cool,” added Berube, who is part Cree.

    “These coaches are real trailblazers in sport, especially in the NHL,” Peter Dinsdale, chief executive officer of the Assembly of First Nations, told “It’s remarkable, given all the barriers that exist for First Nations peoples.”

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  • Published On Nov 21, 2013
  • Top Line: Jonathan Quick’s amazing own goal; NHL’s dirtiest player; more links

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    Jonathan Quick might just want to forget that yesterday ever happened.

    Jonathan Quick might just want to forget that yesterday ever happened. (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Jonathan Quick isn’t the first NHL goalie to inadvertently direct a puck into his own net, but it’s hard to imagine anyone has ever done it in such spectacular fashion. This may be the greatest/worst own goal in NHL history.

    • Hey, at least this gaffe didn’t happen in the playoffs.

    “Set play, man. Set play.”

    • Is this the dirtiest player in the NHL?

    • Craig Berube went straight to page one of the New Coach’s Handbook and said he’ll demand more accountability from the underperforming Philadelphia Flyers. I smell a few bag skates coming on.

    Three games? Three???

    • Elliotte Friedman touches on the legalities of the spin-o-rama shootout move, extended overtime periods and a Maple Leafs trade rumor in his weekly 30 Thoughts column.

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  • Published On Oct 08, 2013
  • Philadelphia Flyers owner gets feisty in defense of team’s culture, GM

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    By Allan Muir

    While Peter Laviolette was a popular choice among pundits who were looking to tag the first coach to be fired this season, most figured he’d survive the opening week.

    But with his Flyers off to an 0-3 start and showing much the same formless game that left them outside the playoff mix last season, Laviolette was cashiered this morning, setting a modern-day record with the alacrity of his dismissal. The all-time mark for quickest firing after the start of a season is Paul Thompson of the Blackhawks getting the can after one game of the 1944-45 campaign. Bill Gadsby (Red Wings, 1969-70) got two games and Fred Glover (Golden Seals, 1971-72) three before they headed for the door.

    Laviolette is being replaced by assistant Craig Berube.

    You can certainly argue the timing — if Lavy’s leash was going to be that short, why let him start the season in the first place? — but you can’t argue the rationale. Philly was lousy through those three games, outscored 9-3, outshot by an average of nearly seven per game, and poorly executing an aggressive system for which the players seem ill-suited.

    Those are the sort of indictments that can get a coach fired. But that always seems to be the answer in Philly, doesn’t it? Maybe after going through 11 coaches in 20 years, it’s fair to ask if there’s a more pressing issue affecting the organization.

    Just don’t dare ask owner Ed Snider.

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  • Published On Oct 07, 2013