The beauty of hockey, the heartache of playoff elimination, the ten most annoying hockey fans, and more.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham on the beauty of hockey. In your face, fans of the so-called “beautiful game” named soccer! Cam Charron, meanwhile, has little time for former jocks-turned-analysts who rely on their experience to explain the game while dismissing the analytic of the non-player.

Pain of playoff elimination is etched on the faces of the Coyotes.

GRANTLAND.COM: Katie Baker on the heartache of playoff elimination, and a look back at the rest of the NHL week that was.

VINTAGE LEAFS MEMORIES: Michael Langlois on why it’s not a good idea for the Maple Leafs to pursue Roberto Luongo.

PUCK DRUNK LOVE: Joe Tetreault on why a future NHL Winter Classic in Dodger Stadium seems inevitable.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Andrew Eide on the ten most annoying hockey fans. If you see yourself in one of these descriptions, get help quick.