Canucks avoid elimination with win over Kings, Senators square their series with Rangers at two games apiece, Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke dismisses criticism of dangerous hits in NHL playoffs, and Jets forward Derek Meech hoping to salvage season with the farm team.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks got a huge boost from a returning Daniel Sedin, who had an assist on a goal by brother Henrik, but it was the 43-save performance of goaltender Cory Schneider and goals from defensemen Alexander Edler and Kevin Bieksa which carried them to a 3-1 victory, staving off elimination and sending the series back to Vancouver for Game Five. The Kings still have a 3-1 series lead. For more on the Canucks, check out “Rumors”.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the NY Rangers in overtime by a score of 3-2, with center Kyle Turris getting the game-winner, beating Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist high to the glove side with a quick wrist shot, sending the Senators fans into a frenzy. The series moves back to New York for Game Five, tied at two games apiece.
NATIONAL POST: Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke took aim at the criticism leveled at the league for the questionable hits which have taken place so far in this year’s playoffs, believing they’re overlooking the otherwise fine play. “This is like people complaining about the rain at Woodstock,” Burke told USA Today. “Yes, there was lots of mud, but it was the greatest music gathering in history.” He went on to say those hits are in most cases the result of the emotions raised by playoff hockey. Burke, a former league disciplinarian, defended Brendan Shanahan, the current head of the league’s Department of Player Safety. “You can’t make people happy, so just do the job,” Burke told the paper. “And I think Brendan is doing that. It’s impossible for fans to be rationale at this time of year.”
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Derek Meech, who’s missed most of this season to injury, is hoping to salvage what’s left by playing with the club’s farm team in the AHL playoffs.