Recaps of the series openers of Bruins-Capitals, Coyotes-Blackhawks, Sharks-Blues and Rangers-Senators, Shea Weber avoids suspension, Adam Larsson could return to Devils lineup, Penguins to adjust their power-play, and more.
BOSTON HERALD/WASHINGTON TIMES: Bruins forward Chris Kelly scored the game’s only goal, spoiling an otherwise strong playoff debut for Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, as Boston downed Washington 1-0 in overtime, taking a 1-0 series lead.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews returned to action and opened the scoring, but it was the Coyotes who prevailed in overtime 3-2. Martin Hanzal got the winner, while Mike Smith made 42 saves as the Coyotes open a 1-0 lead in the series.
MERCURYNEWS.COM/STLTODAY.COM: The Sharks drew first blood in this series with a 3-2 victory over the Blues. Sharks forward Matin Havlat scored twice, including the winner in overtime, while Blues forward Patrik Berglund tallied twice.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Henrik Lundqvist stood tall in the Rangers net, while Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik, Brian Boyle and Brad Richards each scored, as the Blueshirts cruised to a 4-2 series-opening win over the Ottawa Senators. For more on the Senators, go to “Canadian Corner”.
THE TENNESSEAN/DETROIT FREE PRESS: Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber escaped suspension for slamming Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg’s head into the glass in the closing seconds of the opening game of their series on Wednesday, receiving only a $2,500.00. For someone who earned $7.5 million this season like Weber, that’s pocket change. Suffice to say, the Red Wings were disappointed with the decision. The Wings received more bad newz yesterday, as Darren Helm will miss the rest of the playoffs due to emergency surgery to repair sliced tendons in his right forearm.
SUNSENTINEL.COM/NJ.COM: The Florida Panthers vow to play their series against New Jersey loose and stress-free, while the Devils could have Adam Larsson back in the lineup at some point in this series, which opens tonight in Miami.
CSNPHILLY.COM/PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: The Flyers could improve their chances of victory by tiring Penguins top defenseman Kris Letang, while the Penguins will adjust their powerplay after failing to score with the man advantage in Game One of the series.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Mike Richards resolve paid off for the Kings in their Game One victory over the Vancouver Canucks. For more on the Canucks, go to “Canadian Corner”.