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Top Line: Caps cruise in California; Bruins make it a dozen; more links

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Dustin Penner (center) helped the Capitals end a two-decade winless streak in San Jose. (Don Smith/Getty Images)

Dustin Penner (center) helped the Capitals end a two-decade winless streak in San Jose. (Don Smith/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• The Capitals ended 20 years of torment in San Jose and capped off a rare feat in California with a 3-2 shootout win over the Sharks.

The 12th win in Boston’s current winning streak might have been the most impressive of the lot. The B’s surrendered a lead for the first time in more than 400 minutes but showed their resilience with a come-from-behind victory over Phoenix.

• Fluto Shinazawa thinks he knows why the Bruins draw fewer penalties than any team in the league, and offers his thoughts on the Norris race, the misuse of Ryan Suter and the short-term status of Ted Nolan in Buffalo in the excellent Sunday column.

• Here’s the highlight of the night. Warning: It’s a bit of a heartbreaker.

• The decline in Vancouver might seem sudden, but it all goes back to this.

• Don’t like the lousy hockey and compressed schedule we’re seeing this season? Tony Gallagher says you’ve got no one to blame but yourself.

• You may not remember the name of ex-Bruin Chuck Scherza, but you won’t want to miss Mark Divver’s story of an old-time hockey life well led.

• Bruce Garrioch lists three general managers whose jobs are in jeopardy and talks about a potential Ottawa blockbuster in this week’s Sunday column.

• Larry Brooks throws two more front-office names into the mix, New York’s Glen Sather and Carolina’s Jim Rutherford, and speculates on their off-season fates.

• The curious nature of Craig Anderson’s injury situation has Ottawa fans demanding the truth even as the team’s playoff chances erode without him.

• Here’s one of those moments that these behind-the-scenes shows are made for. Watch Montreal’s record-setting comeback from last Saturday through the eyes of Brandon Prust, whose night appeared to end with a fight late in the third.

• Mike Babcock has never been honored as the league’s coach of the year and that’s not likely to change this summer. Steve Simmons explains why it should and offers some insights into the wackiness of Paul Holmgren and the incredible distinction Ryan O’Reilly is on the verge of holding.

The beard is only part of the reason Sean Couturier has quickly matured into one of the league’s top defensive forwards.

• The future of Philly’s defense is in good hands with this trio of prospects.

• Missed this one the other day, but it’s a timeless piece. In honor of his 66th birthday this past week, here are 10 memorable moments from the career of the greatest hockey player there ever was, Bobby Orr.

• Here’s Dallas’ Antoine Roussel generously helping Ottawa’s Milan Michalek with his line change:

  • Published On Mar 23, 2014
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