By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Of course the great Kevin Dupont managed to find the words to sum up Boston’s first steps back to normalcy, calling it “a night to remember, a hope to hold dear.”
• Shira Springer talked to some of the fans before Boston’s 3-2 loss to the Sabres and found out why it was so important that they were there.
• The Bruins bought a few postgame beers and spent some time with the city’s first responders as a way to say thanks from a grateful city.
• Here’s the reaction from Buffalo.
• “I think I’ve gotten enough of outdoor games,” said Kris Letang, voicing the first note of opposition from the players to the NHL’s expanded schedule of outdoor games. I’m sure there are more who think like him, but they’re probably smart enough not to take a swipe at contests that inflate the hockey-related revenue that drives up their paychecks.
• The New Jersey Devils offered up their thoughts on taking part in next season’s outdoor action. Spoiler alert: they seem pretty enthused.
• They are less enthused about their chances without Ilya Kovalchuk, who will miss his 11th straight game tonight. The Devils have scored just 16 times over the 10 games without him, crushing their playoff hopes. Wait…sounds like Kovy for MVP, right?
• The Penguins’ web site posted a pregame story about Brenden Morrow finally finding his groove in Pittsburgh. He then went out and made that piece look awfully prescient with a two-goal performance to lead the Pens to a 6-4 win over the Habs.
• The playoffs are a foregone conclusion in Montreal, but the road to readiness is proving a little steep. That’s three blowout losses in a row for the Habs. Do they really miss Alexei Emelin that much?
• Not sure how a story can be written about Nazem Kadri’s April slump without mentioning that he hasn’t scored since Don Cherry kissed him on Hockey Night In Canada, but Mark Zwolinski thinks that a curse is the least of Kadri’s problems.
• With their playoff lives on the line, the Rangers promised intensity before their last game against Philly…and then got their doors blown off. With no margin for error remaining, can they finally find that consistent effort down the stretch? It helps their cause that all six of their opponents currently sit outside the playoffs.