* If you owned the Sharks and they blow Game Seven, who goes the coach, Todd McLellan, or the g.m., Doug Wilson — or neither?
* Answer: Joe Thornton.
* Then again, the Sharks are over-achievers. The Hockey News pegged them at 19-1 to win The Cup.
* That was a Quick recovery for Jonathan after it appeared that his Kings were going to be swept in four. (Then again, how else would a team be swept, if not in four?)
* A trio of Game Sevens in one NHL night is terrific for Bettman, Inc. But guess who else?
* Answer: The Pittsburgh Crosbys.
* With all the second-guessing about the Blues blundering, the bottom line is that St.Louis played a team with a core of champs; and, in the end, it showed.
* Ken Hitchcock argues that his Blues problem is a lack of killer instinct.
* May be but doesn’t coaching come into the equation as well. Meaning, Hitch, kindle that fire!
* Don’t know about you but I have the distinct suspicion that the NHL has decided to take a long break before staging another outdoor game.
* Among those dubious about Donald Fehr’s stewardship of the NHL Players’ Association, Canadian author D’Arcy Jenish puts it best to me: “I’m not sure that the players have ever had the representation they truly need.”
* My condolences to the family of Hall of Famer Edgar Laprade who recently passed away.
* Beloved by Rangers fans in the post-World War II Era, Laprade was one of the classiest stick handlers The Game has known and one of the cleanest.
* In Brooklyn, fans of the Blueshirts pronounced Edgar as Ejuh. Coming from Brooklyn, I kid you not..
* Now that Jaromir Jagr’s heading back to Newark next season, I expect that his buddy, Marek Zidlicky will be right behind.
* Devils need to add more youth and it will start with the defense. Figure Adam Larsson will finally fulfill his early notices.
* Funny thing about Nassau Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum is that it gets thumbs down from the media but it happens to be the BEST arena in the NHL in terms of sight lines.