NHL Blog Beat – April 30, 2014

Playoff analysis, why Crosby got booed in Pittsburgh, measuring supposed favoritism of French referees toward the Canadiens, and much more in today’s collection of hockey blogging goodness.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe on the Blues’ tradition of collapsing in the playoffs, and examines the theory that a tough first-round series jeopardizes a Stanley Cup run.

Why did Penguins fans recently boo Sidney Crosby?

Why did Penguins fans recently boo Crosby?

DEADSPIN: Ryan Lambert explains why Sidney Crosby was recently booed by Penguins fans in Pittsburgh.

SB NATION: Andrew Berkshire busts the myth that French referees favor the Montreal Canadiens, while Adam Gretz looks at how Rick Nash is helping the Rangers even though he’s not scoring.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Canadiens fan Laura Saba isn’t looking forward to her club’s upcoming series against the powerful Boston Bruins.

MATCHSTICKS AND GASOLINE: The Calgary Flames finally have a new general manager.

COLOR OF HOCKEY: William Douglas is disappointed by the suggestion from a clueless LA Times columnist that racist LA Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling should buy a hockey team to escape black people.

SUNBELT HOCKEY JOURNAL: Andrew Luistro believes the final five years of Jim Rutherford’s tenure as Hurricanes GM shouldn’t tarnish his overall legacy.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier has some Norris Trophy trivia plus a history of NHL Game Sevens.