An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Dejan Kovacevic reminds us to take a moment to appreciate just how amazing Sidney Crosby has been this season. Even his detractors have to tip their caps after this one.
• Eric Duhatschek explains why taking over the hapless Leafs would appeal to Shanahan.
• The misguided optimism — or perhaps it’s sports naivete — of Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is being called out in Washington. It’s forced him to take a couple bites of crow and promise a thorough review of all team operations. Yeah, we’ll see about that. From this vantage point, Leonsis has made the fatal error of falling in love with players who don’t deserve it.
• So, what exactly did Colorado accomplish with its win over the Vancouver Canucks last night? They’re guaranteed to finish ahead of Chicago in the Central, goalie Semyon Varlamov set a franchise record with his 41st win of the season, and they tied the franchise mark with their 52nd win. And now they have a chance to actually go from worst to first with a win in their finale. Not bad.
• Nothing like making a good impression on the new boss, eh Vancouver?
• Is it time to start worrying about the St. Louis Blues? Yes. Yes it is.