An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• George Malik delivers a searing rebuke to Detroit’s fans, who allowed themselves to be outnumbered by Maple Leafs supporters at last night’s game at the Joe.
• The Red Wings won the game, but got another reminder that this might not be their year.
• Detroit is set to pay a significant price off the ice as well.
• Their relationship between goalie James Reimer and coach Randy Carlyle may be damaged beyond the point of repair, but until Jonathan Bernier comes back from his groin sprain, Toronto’s playoff hopes are in the hands of its back-up ‘tender. That being the case, it might behoove Carlyle to deal more diplomatically with Reimer until the coach can again afford to bury him at the end of the bench.
• Patrick Roy left Montreal with a warm glow but not two points after … wait … Travis Moen owns a pizza parlor?
• Veteran netminder J-S Giguere was miserable after making what may have been his final NHL start last night against the Canadiens.
• The play of Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon in that contest reminded Habs coach Michel Therrien of a couple of decent teenagers he’s coached in the past.
• Joe Haggerty reveals the key to the Bruins’ workmanlike 10-game winning streak.