By Allan Muir
A notated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• President Obama couldn’t resist taking a jab at the Kings for beating his hometown Blackhawks.
• In the wake of a passionless effort against the Rangers, several Flyers said they weren’t prepared to play against New York. That makes seven losses in nine games for Philly and drops them to 14th in the East. So, how much longer until Peter Laviolette joins Guy Boucher on the unemployment line?
• Sidney Crosby’s goal and a shared shutout powered Pittsburgh to a 13th consecutive victory.
• The Canadiens aren’t hanging their heads after the loss to the Pens. I really liked Jeff Halpern’s performance in his first game since being picked up on waivers. He was good on the draw (11-of-17) and was aggressive on the penalty kill.
• With six goals in five games since returning from a broken arm, Joffrey Lupul is proving that last season wasn’t a career year. It was the start of something big.
• You know Tampa Bay rookie Cory Conacher is making some noise if the New York Times is doing a feature on him.
• The Blue Jackets aren’t playing with the same tenacity that marked their successful homestand, but they managed to steal a point from Vancouver thanks to another impressive effort from Sergei Bobrovsky.
• The view from Vancouver? “The game was so bad, so offensive on so many levels”, but it revealed something about the Canucks and their identity.
• This is pure greatness: A loving tribute to Vancouver’s history at the trade deadline.