An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• The Bruins’ loss was their first in regulation in more than a month, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t reasons for concern ahead of the playoffs. Veteran scribe Kevin Dupont puts on his worryin’ hat and spells them out.
• Boston has traded away two of the NHL’s top-five scorers during the past couple of seasons. That sort of talent drain would hobble some franchises, but the core of the Bruins’ succcess is prioritizing more important things than the scoring race.
• The Detroit Red Wings reminded everyone that they’ll be a dangerous playoff opponent with an opportunistic win over Boston last night. The Wings were outplayed most of the night by the red-hot B’s, but used a terrific performance from Jimmy Howard and some timely offense to seal the victory late. When Pavel Datsyuk and Daniel Alfredsson are back to the mix, this team will look like a pit of vipers.
• The Rangers are breathing easier after learning that Ryan McDonagh suffered no serious damage from that Alex Burrows hit. The only question now: when can he return to action?
• The last thing Pittsburgh Penguins fans need to worry about is an apparent lack of passion as the season winds down, writes Joe Starkey.
• If the stumbling Chicago Blackhawks needed a rallying cry ahead of the playoffs, they have one now.