from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
- Prior to this year's playoffs, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman talked about last season's post-playoff discussions with his leaders. "It was such a sudden end," he said. "We all felt there was a lot more hockey left in our group ... there was an empty feeling, [that] we should still be playing, we're not far away. We didn't make drastic changes ... we didn't need to blow it up because we had a good approach." Chicago ousted the Minnesota Wild in five games for its first playoff series win since the 2010 Stanley Cup victory, but if it doesn't come back against Detroit, will the organization feel the same?
- One coach on Niklas Kronwall of the Red Wings: "He is taking it on his shoulders. It's like [Mark] Messier determined to prove he can win without [Wayne] Gretzky."
- A lot of angst in Washington after the first-round defeat. This was a good season for the Capitals. They rediscovered e...