Recaps of April 16th playoff games, as the Rangers, Bruins and Blues take 2-1 leads in their respective series, plus previews of tonight’s games.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves and Brian Boyle got the game’s only goal as the Rangers edged the Ottawa Senators 1-0 to take a 2-1 series lead. The game was notable for its fast-pace, stellar goaltending at both ends, and lack of brawls and cheap shots which, depending on your viewpoint, marred or enhanced Game Two. For Senators news, go to “Canadian Corner”.
BOSTON HERALD/WASHINGTON POST: Zdeno Chara scored late in the third to give the Bruins a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals, boosting the Bruins into a 2-1 lead in the series. The end of the game also saw a frustrated Nicklas Backstrom crosscheck Bruins forward Rich Peverley in the face after he tripped linemate Alexander Ovechkin, receiving a match penalty, which usually comes with an automatic one-game suspension.
STLTODAY.COM/MERCURYNEWS.COM: Despite a late third period rally by the Sharks, the Blues held on for a 4-3 win to take a 2-1 series lead. Blues forward Patrik Berglund was the game star with a goal and an assist. Berglund now has four points in this series, becoming the Blues most lethal scorer so far.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE/ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw will learn his fate today following yesterday’s disciplinary hearing for running Coyotes goalie Mike Smith in Game Two, while the Coyotes hope to regain their focus away from home as Game Three begins tonight in Chicago.
PHILLY.COM/POST-GAZETTE.COM: Claude Giroux may not be the Flyers captain, but he’s become their emotional leaders, while Penguins James Neal and Arron Asham are scheduled for disciplinary hearings today over questionable hits they made in Game Three. Teammate Craig Adams will miss Game Four, the result of an automatic one-game suspension for a match penalty late in Game Three.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings may have the Vancouver Canucks on the verge of elimination, but despite their seemingly insurmountable 3-0 series lead, they aren’t taking it for granted. For more on the Canucks, visit “Canadian Corner”.
NJ.COM/MIAMI HERALD: The Devils-Panthers series has so far been devoid of the nastiness which has plagued the other opening round series this spring, while the Panthers have been getting momentum from their power-play.