Canadiens crush Red Wings…NHL’s Crosby-Ovechkin rivalry heyday over?…Questions over Tim Thomas’ White House snub could overshadow All-Star game…All-Star captain Zdeno Chara keeps mum over his first selection…Marian Hossa, Chicago’s unassuming star…Sharks roller coaster season not affecting coach…Revisiting the James Neal trade one year later…Lightning fire their mascot performer….

DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings suffered a humiliating 7-2 defeat to the lowly Montreal Canadiens in last night’s only NHL contest.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was obvious the Wings had mentally checked out for the All-Star break in this one. Fun fact: At one point the Habs had a six-goal lead over the Wings, and the last time there was a six-goal spread in a Wings-Canadiens game was December 2, 1995, a date which lives in infamy in Habs history. See if you can guess why without Googling it.

Is the great "Crosby vs Ovechkin" rivalry over?

TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox believes the Sidney Crosby-Alexander Ovechkin rivalry is over, due to Crosby’s career-threatening concussion injuries and the decline in Ovechkin’s performance.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If so, it was a helluva ride while it lasted, one that ended far too soon.

CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty believes Tim Thomas might have to further explain his reasons for snubbing the White House ceremony honoring the Bruins Cup championship, lest it ends up overshadowing the All-Star weekend.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good luck getting Thomas to talk about it. If he doesn’t want to discuss it further, he won’t, and the media will have to find something else to write about.

OTTAWA SUN: All-Star captain Zdeno Chara won’t say who he’ll select with his number one pick in the All-Star draft.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Please pick a Sedin, please pick a Sedin, please pick a Sedin…;)

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Adam L. Jahns profiles Marian Hossa, the unassuming star of the Blackhawks.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: The Sharks roller coaster season isn’t a threat to head coach Todd McLellan’s job security.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika re-examines the James Neal trade nearly one year later.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning have fired their “Thunderbug” mascot performer after she sprayed a fan with silly string in a recent game.