NHL Blog Beat – May 7, 2014

Ongoing playoff analysis, Joe Thornton’s “can’t-win” label, appreciating Marian Hossa, remembering Ross Lonsberry and more. 

Can Joe Thornton ever shake his "can't win" label?

Can Joe Thornton ever shake his “can’t win” label?

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe wonders if Joe Thornton will ever shake his “not a winner” label, and if the Minnesota Wild can rebound against the Blackhawks.

THE SCORE: Justin Bourne explains why it’s far for Rangers coach Alain Vigneault to complain about his team’s playoff schedule, and anticipates the end of dump-and-chase hockey.

SB NATION: Adam Gretz wonders why we don’t appreciate Marian Hossa more.

SUNBELT HOCKEY JOURNAL: Adam Hirsh breaks down potential coaching candidates for the Florida Panthers.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Mike Burse on whatever happened to the Coyotes first official draft pick, Dan Focht.

SHNARPED: How are coaches trying to shut down star players in the playoffs, examining the Pacific Division.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier reflects on the career of the late Ross Lonsberry.