BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - MAY 04: Petr Caslava (L) of Czech Republic hits Leo Komarov (R) during the IIHF World Championship group D match between Finland and Czech Republic at Orange Arena on May 4, 2011 in Bratislava, Slovakia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
I couldn't decide which story I wanted to run with over the jump, so I'll just link both of them.
Last night, the New York Rangers won the first game of the semi-finals 3-0 against the New Jersey Devils. Sure, it was a low-scoring game (the third goal was an empty-netter), but it was nevertheless an exciting one, remaining close until the end of the third.
The other story is, of course, that the Leafs have agreed to terms with Leo Komarev on an ELC.
Komarev, who is now playing in the KHL, was drafted in 2006, and may be able to crack the Leafs' lineup in a bottom-six role and add a bit of scoring. There's no guarantee he'll make the cut, but this is a low-risk signing that may help push the likes of Colby Armstrong or Matthew Lombardi off the Leafs' payroll, and I'm all for that.
Jump for more links.
Rangers shut out Devils in Game 1
Recap from Mirtle.
Copy-cats, defensive hockey madness, Carlyle's brand of hockey and winning
The latest rumination from Michael Langlois.
The Shifts that Changed the Game: The Defection
A good read from TJCAPS at Arctic Ice Hockey about Alexander Mogilny.
Everything Old is New Again: Bringing Back the Two-Minute Minor
The latest from Ellen Etchingham at Backhand Shelf.
The latest from Pizzo and Bourne.