Game recaps, most opening-round playoff series set, Ryan Malone arrested for DUI, Whalers fan support lives on and more.
BOSTON HERALD: David Krejci scored twice as the Boston Bruins clinched the NHL’s top record with a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres, who lost five players to injury during the game. The Bruins will face off against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday in the opening round of the upcoming playoffs.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Devante Smith-Pelly scored in a shootout to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. The Ducks clinched first overall in the Western Conference and draw the Dallas Stars as their first round opponent.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: Joe Pavelski scored two goals as the San Jose Sharks edged the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2. The Sharks will meet the Los Angeles Kings in the opening round of the upcoming playoffs.
PHILLY.COM: Mark Streit’s overtime goal lifted the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Flyers will draw the New York Rangers as their opening round opponent.
THE TENNESSEAN: Paul Gaustad and Mike Fisher each picked up three points as the Nashville Predators downed the Chicago Blackhawks 7-5.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Ryan Johansen’s 33rd goal of the season was also the game winner as the Blue Jackets edged the Florida Panthers 3-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”. Only two playoff series have yet to be determined and both are in the Western Conference. The Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks will learn today if they’ll face either St. Louis or Colorado.
STLTODAY.COM: The Blues are struggling (5-8-0) and limping (David Backes, Brenden Morrow, T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Sobotka, Derek Roy, Vladimir Tarasenko) into the playoffs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A month ago the Blues were riding high and seemingly poised to clinch first overall in the Western Conference. Entering the playoffs, they’re facing their first real test of adversity this season.
TAMPA TRIBUNE: Lightning forward Ryan Malone was arrested early Saturday morning on DUI and cocaine possession charges. He was also driving with a suspended license.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Malone is expected to be placed in the league’s drug rehab program. He is to be arraigned at the end of this month. It’s unlikely he’ll be part of the Lightning lineup when they face the Montreal Canadiens in their opening-round playoff series.
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont reports the Whalers may be long-gone out of Hartford, but their fan support lives on.