Rangers force Game 7 with Penguins, Blackhawks take 3-2 series lead over the Wild, plus the latest on the Kings and Ducks.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/TRIBLIVE.COM: Days after his mother passed away, Martin St. Louis scored on Mother’s Day to help the New York Rangers down the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1, tying their best-of-seven series at 3 games apiece, forcing Game 7 in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby went scoreless again, and sparked a melee at the end of the second period when he appeared to spear Rangers forward Dominic Moore. He also received a water shower from goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins had the Rangers right where they wanted them last week, leading the exhausted Blueshirts 3-1 in the series and on the verge of marching on to the Conference Final. Instead, two emotional victories have the Rangers back in this series, leaving the Penguins reeling. Crosby’s scoring woes stretch back to the Olympics, and while he’s contributed in other ways, he has only one goal in this year’s playoffs. If ever there’s a time the Penguins need him to snap out of his drought, it’s Game 7 on Tuesday.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/TWINCITES.COM: Bryan Bickell and Jonathan Toews scored and Corey Crawford made 27 saves as the Chicago Blackhawks overcame an early 1-0 deficit to edge the Minnesota Wild 2-1, taking a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This has been a homer’s series thus far. With Game 6 in Minnesota, the Blackhawks must break this streak or risk the Wild forcing a seventh game. The Wild’s last road win in this year’s playoffs was in Game 7 of their previous series against the Colorado Avalanche.
NOTE: Updates on the Boston Bruins-Montreal Canadiens series can be found in “Canadian Corner”.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: There won’t be any guessing over who starts for the Anaheim Ducks in Game 5 against the Los Angeles Kings, as John Gibson will be in goal for the Ducks. The Kings, meanwhile, will try to rattle Gibson, who’s playing in only his second NHL playoff game.
DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche fans aren’t pleased Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke is still playing in the post-season. Cooke received a seven-game suspension for kneeing Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie, sidelining Barrie for two months with a knee injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s not as though Barrie’s injury was the reason the Wild eliminated the Avalanche, but it certainly didn’t help. The fact Cooke is allowed to continue playing once again makes a mockery of the NHL’s disciplinary system.