Morning Skate: Monday, April 30

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Morning Skate: Monday, April 30

Interesting piece where a columnist for Bruce Allen wonders where the outrage is after the Bruins lost to the Capitals in the first round. The reasons for the loss (lack of offense for forwards, bad Game 5 for Tim Thomas and overall emotionalmental fatigue from last years Cup run manifesting as lack of energy and physicality) have been well-documented, but the simple fact is people wont get worked up after winning last year. Also bringing teams making multiple appearances in the conference finals where many of them were quickly smoked in four or five games as proof the Bruins should have worked deeper into the playoffs after winning the Cup is pretty faulty logic. Theres a big difference between bowing out quickly in a conference finals appearances and playing in three seven-game series en route to the Cup.

Alex Ovechkin knows he needs to be better in Game 2 against the Rangers after failing to register as a presence in the first game.

A nice look at Erik Karlssons rise to greatness in his second NHL season with the Ottawa Senators.

Gary Roberts comes to the defense of Cody Hodgson when hes slammed by Mike Gillies, and there may have been some healthy swipes at the Vancouver GM in there.

Frequent sparring partner Cam Charron takes a look at the clutchness of Danny Briere in his playoff performances for the Flyers.

The CBA will be a much-discussed topic this summer, and the Pittsburgh Tribune takes a look at some of the things at play between the NHLPA and the league.

The story of Chris Kreider blazing a trail from Boston Colleges Chestnut Hill to a key role for the Rangers in their playoff ruin, as told by the New York Post.

Slava Voynov is a rising star for the Los Angeles Kings, and hes making his presence felt for an LA team thats impressed mightily.

Predators coach Barry Trotz comes to the defense of goaltender Pekka Rinne, and says that his defensemen need to do a better job as Nashville searches for their footing.

For something completely different: Perez Hilton looks at the most charitable stars in Hollywood.

Highlights: Boston Bruins 4, Los Angeles Kings 1

Highlights: Boston Bruins 4, Los Angeles Kings 1

Catch the highlights of the Boston Bruins 4-1 victory over the LA Kings as they improve to a 5-1 under interim head coach Bruce Cassidy.

Talking Points: Khudobin shuts down Kings in final 40 minutes

Talking Points: Khudobin shuts down Kings in final 40 minutes

Joe Haggerty hands out his superlatives following the Boston Bruins 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings

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