An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• The always cosmic Ilya Bryzgalov looked stellar in his first start for the Oilers, making 33 stops as Edmonton shut out the Predators, 3-0. Don’t look now, but the Oilers have won four-of-five and they’re starting to get the one thing they’ve lacked all year: decent goaltending.
• We’ve all seen national anthem fails before, but rarely one quite like this effort from the Subway Series game between the WHL and Russia. I’m guessing that there aren’t a lot of people in Lethbridge, Alberta who can sing the Russian national anthem, but O Canada? To his credit, he didn’t include any lyrics from America The Beautiful…
• They could never do this in a game that counts in the standings, but Roy MacGregor’s idea for celebrating the true heritage of the sport at the Heritage Classic would make for a brilliant exhibition contest, wouldn’t it?
• The Calgary Flames are setting an example that every team should follow. The paying public deserves this much.
• Kelly Hrudey offers up a list of the 10 best goalies in each conference. Nice to see the name at the top of the pile in the East. Have to believe that if this netminder keeps it up he could work his way into the mix for a role in Sochi, even if it is only as a No. 3.