* It’s got to happen; a better, more accurate method of refereeing and these playoffs will underline the point over and over again through the Final.
* Members of the NHL high command — not to mention general managers — are leaning more and more to wide use of replay; bet video “challenges” are on the horizon.
* My AHL buddy, Gene Ubriaco the Chicago Wolves exec, has a zebra solution: take the second ref off the ice and place him in a strategic position where he can quickly review select plays for review.
* It’s tough to bet against the Blackhawks going all the way.
* That is, until you realize that no NHL team wins the Cup two years in a row anymore. Not even Chicago.
* Dare Dale Tallon hire Mike Keenan as his head coach. The Panthers boss says he wants a bench boss with experience. Nobody in the coach derby has been around longer than Mad Mike.
* The most unsung of many Rangers unsung heroes how about Anton Stralman picked up by Glen Sather for a song.
* Could there be a more pitiable comedown from the top than Scott Gomez? Oy vey!
* Say this for the Sharks, they sure play up to their brand.
* I dare you to pick the NHL’s best referee. Is there a Rooney in your choice?
* So far, so good with Stephane Quintal as the new Shanny.
* You only get ten seconds for this answer: if you’re running the Minnesota Wild, do you bring Matt Cooke back next season?
* Methinks Menacing Matty will roll down Kaleta Boulevard.
* Bromide of the Week: “We gotta feed off this (Philadelphia) crowd!” Courtesy of Scott Hartnell.
* If only “The Songbird of the South,” Kate Smith could be around to appreciate how Philadelphians love her rendition of “God Bless America.”
* Most Underrated Player in recent Islanders history has to be Frans Nielsen.
* Now that Jaromir Jagr has declared he’ll be a Devil next season, can Marek Zidlicky be far behind? One Czech plays better when the other is on the ice.
* The best hockey history of all-time is in the bookstores as we speak. The NHL — A Centennial History. Published by Doubleday Canada and written by D’Arcy Jenish.
* Hall of Fame coach Toe Blake was right when he said, “There are two places where you should never make a back-pass — at home and on the road!”