An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• More details have emerged about the late-night incident involving Milan Lucic and an unnamed assailant. Looch looks better by the minute.
• The Lucic incident is a reminder that players are always under scrutiny when they’re out in public and that any misstep is a potential YouTube nightmare.
• Legal analyst Eric Macramella takes a look at the process and ramifications of Shawn Thornton’s decision to appeal his 15-game suspension.
• What a lede: “On the day Blackhawks rookie goalie Antti Raanta got everybody killed, he had two rifles and a massive rocket launcher strapped to his back as he desperately clung to a motorcyclist driving upwards of 60 mph …”
• Adam Oates found a way to get Alex Ovechkin’s offensive game back on track. Now, he’s trying to teach the star forward about the defensive side of the puck. If Oates can succeed at that, let’s not even bother voting on the Jack Adams Award, OK?
• The Capitals are carrying three goalies right now, but that doesn’t mean they don’t believe in their No. 1 guy.
• One veteran Olympian knows exactly what Steven Stamkos is going through. He made it back in time to represent his country, and believes the Team Canada hopeful will, too.