A great day in Coyotes history, the shot-blocking of the Rangers and Capitals, Joel Ward isn’t the only “hero-turned-goat” on the Capitals, how the lower-seeded teams are beating higher seeds, how the Devils have shut down Claude Giroux, another commentary on singling out nationalities for poor performance, five stages of grief for Blues fans, and some positive thinking for Canadian NHL clubs.

May 7, 2012, was a significant date in Coyotes history.

PUCK DADDY: Harrison Mooney on how May 7, 2012, is the greatest day (so far) in Phoenix Coyotes history (advancing to the Western Conference Final, and getting potentially good news on their future ownership), and rejects the notion the superior shot-blocking of the NY Rangers and Washington Capitals spells trouble for the NHL playoffs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Mooney makes a good point regarding the latter, but just because it hasn’t become “trendy” since 2005-06 doesn’t necessarily mean it might not become more so in future.  The Montreal Canadiens were the first team to employ the trap, but it took years until the New Jersey Devils successfully copied it, and other teams quickly followed suit.

BACKHAND SHELF: Daniel Wagner explains why Joel Ward isn’t the only “hero-turned-goat” on the Washington Capitals in their loss last night to the Rangers, pointing out goalie Braden Holtby gave up two ugly goals in regulation.

GRANTLAND.COM: Katie Baker recently reviewed how the lower seeded teams in three of the four second round series have been making life miserable for their higher-seeded opponents.

FROZEN ROYALTY: Analysis of how the Kings changed since Darryl Sutter took over as head coach.

IN LOU WE TRUST: Kevin Sellathamby on how the Devils shut down Flyers star Claude Giroux at even strength.

OILERSNATION.COM: Jonathan Willis on “the stupidest bit of conventional wisdom still in hockey”, which would be the xenophobic stereotype of Europeans not rising to the occasion during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

ST. LOUIS GAME TIME: The five stages of grief for Blues fans in the wake of their club’s elimination from this year’s playoffs.

DOWN GOES BROWN: Some positive thinking for Canadian NHL teams.