An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Tim Thomas looked sharp in another start for the Panthers, but couldn’t finish it off against the Blackhawks. Team sources aren’t offering specifics about his injury, but they did rule out the groin that sidelined Thomas earlier this month.
• The Edmonton Oilers did look a bit like a junior team in the first period last night against Montreal, but used four unanswered goals to shove Lars Eller’s insult back down the throats of the Canadiens on the way to a big 4-3 win.
• Edmonton’s Mark Arcobello is really, really quietly off to one of the greatest starts for a rookie in NHL history. Like, Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane great.
• Ex-goalies tend to make great color men and solid general managers, but Patrick Roy is one of the few to pursue coaching as a second career.
• Jonas Brodin was hauled to the hospital, but later released, after taking a puck square in the mush last night. This is exactly what my mom was thinking of when she told me to forget about braces.