Penguins edge the Blue Jackets, Ducks hang on against the Stars, updates on the other playoff clubs, the Sabres fire some of their coaching staff, and more.
TRIBLIVE.COM/COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Brandon Sutter potted the game winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 and take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven series.
NOTE: Game One of the Montreal Canadiens-Tampa Bay Lightning is recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
BOSTON HERALD: Bruins star Patrice Bergeron is healthy and ready to go against the Detroit Red Wings.
MLIVE.COM: Red Wings rookies Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco and Luke Glendening will make their NHL playoff debuts against the Bruins.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Outside of Chicago, Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford isn’t considered an elite goaltender.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best way for Crawford to prove himself is to carry the ‘Hawks on another lengthy playoff run.
STLTODAY.COM: David Backes, Vladimir Sobotka and Vladimir Tarasenko participated in full practice yesterday.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings will feed off goalie Jonathan Quick’s confidence as they gear up for the playoffs.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: Martin Havlat and Jason Demers are healthy for the Sharks playoff run.
PHILLY.COM: Ray Emery will have a chance to prove his net worth for the Flyers as he’ll start in place of the injured Steve Mason tonight against the NY Rangers.
NEW YORK POST: Derick Brassard insists he’s 100 percent after he was seen holding his lower back on Tuesday.
DENVER POST: Hard work is responsible for the transformation of Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov into an elite netminder this season.
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund is looking forward to his NHL playoff debut.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres assistant coaches Joe Sacco, Teppo Numminen, Jerry Forton and goalie coach Jim Corsi won’t return next season.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller is taking the high road in the face of uncertainty over his future.