NHL Blog Beat – May 7, 2012.

Eulogizing the St. Louis Blues, commentary on Alexander Ovechkin and Dale Hunter, A Ducks fan is really, really envious of the Kings,  dismissing the so-called “Russian Problem”, remembering Eddie Shack, and Absurd Goalie Monday.

Shaky goaltending by Elliott was part of Blues demise.

PUCK DADDY/ST LOUIS GAME TIME/THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: The factors which led to the St Louis Blues being swept out of the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Los Angeles Kings.

BACKHAND SHELF: Cam Charron with his take on the reduction of Alexander Ovechkin’s ice time during this year’s playoffs.

ON FROZEN BLOG Elisabeth Meinecke examines the evolution of Dale Hunter as the Capitals coach and why it’s a key to their playoff success so far.

ANAHEIM CALLING: Ducks fan Jen Neale really hates the Kings. No, I mean REALLY hates them.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Christopher Lackey dismisses much of the recent analyses suggesting Radulov and Kostitsyn are part of a broader “Russian problem” in the NHL.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier with a brief look back at the career of the entertaining Eddie Shack.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz with the latest installment of “Absurd Goalie Monday”. This week, Scott Gordon of the Quebec Nordiques.