Recaps of last night’s Stanley Cup Playoffs games (as the Flyers and Kings take 2-0 series leads), plus previews and notes for today’s games between Washington-Boston, Ottawa-NY Rangers, San Jose-St. Louis and Chicago-Phoenix.
NHL.COM: Today’s Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule (all times EST) features Game Two of the Capitals-Bruins series starting at 3 pm, Senators-Rangers at 7 pm, Sharks-Blues at 7.30 pm, and Blackhawks-Coyotes at 10 pm.
CSNPHILLY.COM/PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: The Flyers overcame another early deficit to stun the Penguins 8-5 and take a 2-0 lead in the series, lead by hat tricks from Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier. The series shifts to Philadelphia for Games Three and Four. This game was a throwback to the firewagon hockey of the 1980s, and was every bit as entertaining. So far, this series has been the best of the opening round.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings captain Dustin Brown scored two shorthanded goals, leading his club to a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks, taking a 2-0 series lead back to Los Angeles for Games Three and Four. For more on the Canucks, visit “Canadian Corner”.
DETROIT NEWS/THE TENNESSEAN: The Red Wings evened their series 1-1 with the Nashville Predators with a 3-2 win. Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi dropped the gloves with Predators captain Shea Weber as payback for Weber slamming the head of Bertuzzi’s teammate Henrik Zetterberg into the glass at the end of Game One. The series moves to Detroit for Games 3 and 4.
NORTHJERSEY.COM/MIAMI HERALD: The New Jersey Devils took an early 3-0 lead, then held on for a series-opening 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. It was the 100th career post-seasonwin for Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, and the first for Devils coach Pete DeBoer.
BOSTON HERALD/WASHINGTON POST: Bruins forward David Krejci is ok after being struck by a pane of glass in a fluke accident following the Bruins 1-0 OT win over the Capitals on Thursday night, and will play in Game Two today. Meanwhile, the Capitals, having been shut out in Game One, hope to generate more scoring opportunities in Game Two.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC/CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Coyotes may have to cope with the possible long-term absence of scoring forward Radim Vrbata, who’s out day-to-day with an upper body injury suffered early in Game One, while the playoff-savvy Blackhawks aren’t concerned about falling behind early in this series.
MERCURYNEWS.COM/STLTODAY.COM: Sharks forward Martin Havlat, who scored the winning goal in overtime of Game One, is a proven playoff clutch performer, while the Blues hope to avoid falling behind 2-0 in this series.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers young players are unfazed by the playoff atmosphere. For the latest on the Senators, check out “Canadian Corner”.