The NHL playoff watch, the case for John Tavares for the Hart, a look at Alexander Ovechkin’s offensive surge, a post-mortem for the Sabres and more.
THE CHECKING LINE: Rob McGowan makes the case for NY Islanders star John Tavares for the Hart Trophy.
LIGHTHOUSE HOCKEY: A look back at the darkest of the many dark chapters in the NY Islanders history since the mid-1990s: John Spano’s ill-fated attempt to purchase the club.
SB NATION: Pat Iversen on how Keith Yandle honored Martin Richard, the little boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombings.
DRIVING PLAY: Breaking down the numbers behind Alexander Ovechkin’s “resurgence”.
BLACK & GOLD & BLUE: A profanity-laced post-mortem of the Buffalo Sabres (NSFW).
SENS SHOT: Jared Crozier calls on his club and his fellow Senators fans to knock off their hate-fest against Matt Cooke.
AWFUL ANNOUNCING: NESN Bruins play-by-play man Jack Edwards compared Matt Cooke to RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I understand the basis of Edwards’ anger toward Cooke, but that doesn’t justify publicly comparing him to a convicted assassin. Not only is it the stupidest thing said by an on-air NHL personality this season, it may be the stupidest thing ever said by one. Interestingly, Edwards subsequent apology came following a first intermission visit by a visibly upset Penguins GM Ray Shero.