NHL Blog Beat – April 10, 2012.

Brian Burke shows truculence in his season-ending press conference, a look back at the miserable Blue Jackets season, the Islanders year in review, remembering The Rocket’s greatest goal, why John Tortorella is good for business, the NHL and NBC keeps their promise to American hockey fans, a humorous look at the upcoming Eastern Conference quarterfinal, and the 30th anniversary of the “Miracle on Manchester”.

PUCK DADDY/HOCKEY ANALYSIS: Greg Wyshynski and David Johnson with analysis and thoughts on Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke’s truculent press conference today.  Burke’s a stubborn man, and was once considered among the best GMs in the business, but his press conference today sounded like a man who has painted himself into a corner, fighting a losing battle to save his tattered reputation. Burke will have one more shot at it this summer, and if there’s no improvement, he’ll be out by this time next year.

THE CANNON: Matt Wagner looks back on a season of suck for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

THE CHECKING LINE: Rob McGowan reviews the NY Islanders season, believing management has to do more if they’re to finally make progress on what appears to be an endless rebuild.

Aftermath of Rocket Richard's greatest goal.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Kevin van Steendelaar looks back on the greatest goal of Canadiens legend Maurice “The Rocket” Richard. He scored that goal – an overtime winner which eliminated the Boston Bruins from the playoffs – still woozy from an obvious concussion. Following the game, Richard broke down in the dressing room, had to be sedated, and later professed to have no memory of that goal. If Richard played in today’s NHL, he never would’ve been allowed back on the ice.

OFFSIDE: A SPORTS LAW BLOG: Eric Macramalla on the CBA, John Tortorella’s fine, and why the Rangers coach is good for business. Say what you will about “Torts”, he’s definitely entertaining.

PUCK THE MEDIA: Steve Lepore reports good news for American NHL fans, as NBC will broadcast every game of the Stanley Cup playoffs on their main network and their sports channel.

DOWN GOES BROWN: An irreverent look at the upcoming Eastern Conference quarter final of the 2012 playoffs.

YOUTUBE: It’s not a blog, but worth pointing out: today (April 10th) is the 30th anniversary of “The Miracle on Manchester”, in which an underdog LA Kings team rallied from a five goal deficit to upset the Edmonton Oilers in overtime 6-5.