Summer Olympians, count your blessings: The NHL players are exactly that and not competing for medals. From Marc-Andre Fleury's peerless butterfly to Georges Laraque's pugilistic prowess, many a hockey player would have left Beijing donning gold.
Mike Ribeiro's slashing of Chris Osgood only validated the Dallas Stars' palpable frustrations as they fell into an 0-2 hole. But for the Red Wings, the task is straightforward: maintain focus and discipline.
As the Avalanche try to stave off elimination, perhaps the most overlooked aspect of their series versus the Wings is that not only is Colorado overmatched against Detroit but it also doesn't match up well.
When most people heard the Red Wings and Avs were meeting in the second round, there were oohs and ahs over the matchup of past rivals. But Terry Frei says that storied history won't play a factor this time around.
There aren't, and shouldn't be, any hard and fast rules for what makes a candidate for coach of the year, but who's doing the best job? Here's a rundown of those who deserve the most consideration this season.