The Los Angeles Kings took a stranglehold over the Phoenix Coyotes, Tom Renney was cut from the Edmonton Oilers' plans Canada fell to Slovakia at the World Hockey Championships, the Toronto Marlies took the first game of their AHL series, and this paragraph is longer than anything John Tortorella is willing to offer the media these days.
Here are the top five hockey stories from Thursday:
1. The Los Angeles Kings are one win away from their first Stanley Cup Final berth in 19 years after their 2-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 3. Will the Kings accomplish a second straight series sweep? Vote in our poll and find out Sunday on Hockey Night in Canada (3 p.m. ET, CBC, CBCSports.ca).
2. General manager Steve Tambellini said the Edmonton Oilers are "entering a new phase" but they'll do so without head coach Tom Renney. After two seasons in the NHL's basement, the Oilers announced Wednesday they won't be renewing Renney's contract.
3. One man whose name has been mentioned as a replacement for Renney is Brent Sutter. The former Calgary Flames bench boss coached Canada to a third straight early exit at the world championship Thursday in a 4-3 quarter-final loss to Slovakia. What's to blame for Canada's premature elimination from the tourney? Have your say in our poll.
4.20 words. That's all John Tortorella gave the media following their Game 2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday. But if that wasn't enough to satisfy your Tortorella fix, the New York Rangers head coach did have a little more to say in a conference call on Thursday. You can catch Game 3 of the NHL East final Saturday on Hockey Night In Canada (1 p.m. ET, CBC, CBCSports.ca).
5. The Toronto Marlies got an early jump in their AHL series against the top-seeded Oklahoma City Barons. Goaltender Ben Scrivens led Toronto to a 5-0 shutout in Game 1 of the Western Conference final.