Commentaries over the recent rash of dirty hits, a recent roundup of the NHL conference quarterfinals, some inspiration for the Canucks, a survey for Dallas Stars fans, the latest NBC on NHL ratings, and a Miami TV station’s gaffe reporting the Panthers recent win.

 

Could this happen again? And could it get worse?

NEW YORK TIMES: Lynn Zinser asks the question most NHL fans, bloggers and pundits are asking about what the league will do to crack down on the recent spate of cheapshots and dirty hits.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham calls upon fans and pundits to use their outrage to push the league into making real changes to better protect the players.

ST. LOUIS GAME TIME: “gallagher” suggests league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan’s problem appears to be giving a pass to illegal hits if the targeted player isn’t injured.

THE VIEW FROM 111: suggests the league give up the “intent to injure” jargon and simply set out clearer punishments for all dangerous hits, regardlesss of “intent”.

HOCKEY INDEPENDENT: WB Philp suggests the NHL legislate honor and respect into the game, traits which have been lacking in the league for some time, if it ever had them at all.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I have one question: where is the NHLPA in all of this? Why aren’t they doing more to get involved? Why aren’t they doing a better job with their membership in addressing this problem? Yes, the NHL certainly deserves its fair share of criticism for creating this situation, but the PA also deserves some of the blame.

GRANTLAND.COM: Katie Baker with a roundup (last night’s games excluded) of the Stanley Cup playoffs so far.

CANUCKS ARMY: Patrick Johnston suggests the Canucks, down 0-3 to the LA Kings, take inspiration and learn lessons from the only three teams in NHL history to rally back from similar deficits to win a series.

VIEW FROM MY SEATS: Scotty Wazz looks at whether the Edmonton Oilers should select a scoring forward or a defenseman with their first overall pick.

DEFENDING BIG D: Taylor Baird has a survey for Stars fans.

PUCK THE MEDIA: Steve Lepore with the ratings for the Blues and Rangers recent games. Thanks to improved coverage of the NHL playoffs by NBC, ratings continue to improve.

DEADSPIN: A Miami TV station uses wrong Panthers logo when congratulating them for their playoff win over the New Jersey Devils. Oh well, at least they’re noticing hockey again…