By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Remember when St. Louis sent Brian Elliott to the minors because he couldn’t stop a beach ball? He’s back now, and after watching him record his third consecutive shutout, the Blues might want to ship a few more guys down to Peoria for a tune-up.
• Minnesota has been shut out three times in the past four games and the Wild lost defenseman Ryan Suter to an undisclosed injury last night. But coach Mike Yeo is upbeat because, well, why wouldn’t he be?
• Josh Bailey scored twice to lead the pesky Islanders to their eighth win in 10 games. If you haven’t checked them out lately, you might want to catch ‘em this weekend against the archrival Rangers. Or you could just wait until the playoffs. (No, it’s only a jinx if they’re on the cover of the magazine.)
• So let’s add up the day in Boston: Loss to the Isles, the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation refuses to release Carl Soderberg, and Brad Marchand is diagnosed with a concussion after that hit from Anton Volchenkov. I’m guessing someone’s dog probably died, too.
• It ended with a shootout win, but another soft effort against a patsy has to be a concern for Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter.
• Braden Holtby recovered from a shaky start to post a career-high 43 saves as the Capitals captured their sixth straight win. Nice to get the two points, but they might want to look into how the Hurricanes ran off the first 14 shots of the game.
• George Malik is clearly beaten down by Detroit’s OT loss to the Sharks.
• That loss seems pretty trivial when you read this touching story about former Detroit great Vladimir Konstantinov and the daily battles he fights 16 years after his career-ending car wreck.