Examining the clutch play of Daniel Briere, another attempt to examine the decline in Alexander Ovechkin’s production, the dilemma facing Penguins management, potential goalie options for the Lightning, parity in the NHL, the joy of post-elimination hindsight,  the Bruins demise was predictably unpredictable, a suggestion regarding off-season targets for the Stars, Alexander Radulov incurs the wrath of Keith Jones, and of course, Absurd Goalie Monday.

BACKHAND SHELF: Cam Charron examines the playoff “clutchiness” of Flyers forward Daniel Briere, while Ellen Etchingham explains why parity in the NHL is here to stay, and how it could affect the league in the near future.

Is there any way to figure out Ovechkin's decline?

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow dismisses some of the popular theories behind the decline in production of Alexander Ovechkin, but nevertheless finds the decline as mysterious as those who’ve previously attempted to figure it out.

PENSBURGH: Looks at the dilemma facing Penguins GM Ray Shero: re-signing Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal without knowing what could be in the next CBA.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Justin Godfrey looks at ten potential goalie options for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Some won’t surprise you (Hello there, Roberto Luongo), others will.

STANLEY CUP OF CHOWDER: Ryan Durling on why the Bruins demise was “predictably unpredictable”. Trust me, it’ll make sense when you read the post.

DEFENDING BIG D: Brandon Worley makes the case for the Stars to pursue more affordable talent, rather than expensive big names like Parise and Suter.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski with a video of NBC analyst Keith Jones tearing into the performance of Predators forward Alexander Radulov in a clip which would’ve done Tom Servo and Crow proud.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz with his latest installment of “Absurd Goalie Monday”, focusing on Al Smith. Scotty also looks at the joy of post playoff elimination hindsight.