Penguins and Canucks stave off elimination, Senators even their series with Rangers, Raffi Torres suspended indefinitely pending a hearing on Friday, and more.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW/PHILLY.COM: The high-scoring wackiness that is the Penguins-Flyers series continued Wednesday, as the Penguins staved off elimination with a 10-3 victory. No, that’s not a misprint. Jordan Staal led the way with a hat trick, as the series TSN called “The Series That Goaltending Forgot” heads back to Pittsburgh for Game Five.
Meanwhile, there’s concern over the goaltending of Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov,who was yanked midway through this game after giving up five goals. If anyone had been paying attention in the first three games, they would’ve seen Brygalov was shaky, but his poor play up to Game Four was overshadowed by the awful performance of Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who allowed only three goals in this game.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings were unable to complete a sweep of the Vancouver Canucks, falling 3-1 as the series now returns to Vancouver with the Kings still holding a 3-1 series lead. With the score 2-1, Kings captain Dustin Brown had an opportunity to tie the game with a second-period penalty shot, but couldn’t beat Canucks goalie Cory Schneider. For more on the Canucks, visit “Canadian Corner” and “Rumors”.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers blew a 2-0 lead to fall in overtime to the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in yet another thrilling, well-paced game in this series, which is now knotted at two games apiece heading back to New York for Game Five. The Rangers-Senators series has been, in my opinion, the most exciting of the first round. For more on the Senators, check out “Canadian Corner”.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC/CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres has been suspended indefinitely pending a disciplinary hearing on Friday for his hit on Marian Hossa in Game Three of the Coyotes-Blackhawks series. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, remain angry over the hit, and must control that anger when the two clubs square off in Game Four.
THE TENNESSEAN/DETROIT NEWS: The Nashville Predators have an opportunity to end their series tonight against the Detroit Red Wings, but continue to seek improvement in their game. Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, meanwhile, faces his biggest challenge as his club, down 3-1 in the series, tries to fight off elimination.
MIAMI HERALD/NJ.COM: The Florida Panthers may be leading the New Jersey Devils two games to one, but realize they’re only halfway there in their quest to down the Devils, whose top scoring forward, Ilya Kovalchuk, will be looked upon to step up and take charge if his club hopes to even the series.
STLTODAY.COM/MERCURYNEWS.COM: Oft-injured veteran forward Andy McDonald has been piling up the points for the Blues, who hold a 2-1 series lead over San Jose. The Sharks, meanwhile, will look to Joe Thornton to bolster their penalty kill.