Ducks down the Stars, Red Wings edge the Bruins, plus the latest on Steve Mason, Dany Heatley, playoff ratings and more.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Ryan Getzlaf didn’t let facial injuries suffered in Game One to slow him down in Game Two, picking up a goal and an assist to lead the Anaheim Ducks over the Dallas Stars 3-2. The win puts the Ducks up 2-0 in the series. Ducks forward Corey Perry scored his first goal of the series, but also speared Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn below the belt, though it was called as “slashing”. Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano got away with a slash that broke the stick of Stars defenseman Sergei Gonchar prior to scoring what would prove the game-winning goal.
DETROIT NEWS: Pavel Datsyuk’s scored a highlight-reel goal late in the third period to snap a scoreless tie and lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game One of their divisional semifinal. The Red Wings take a 1-0 lead in the series. Wing goalie Jimmy Howard made 25 saves for the shutout. Bruins forward Milan Lucic could face supplemental discipline for spearing Red Wings defenseman Denny DeKeyser below the belt.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: What the hell is wrong with Perry and Lucic? There’s no reason or excuse for spearing a player, especially in the groin. These two are very talented players but they sully their reputations with cheap shots. Lucic might be fined because DeKeyser wasn’t injured. He and Perry should be suspended, but of course the NHL lacks the guts. What these two did was indefensible. You can bet if Lucic or Perry were on the receiving end, or if one of their teammates were speared, they’d howl blue murder. There’s no place for such dangerous stick work in the NHL.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was fined $25,000.00 for grabbing his crotch while arguing for a penalty with the referee in Game One of the Blackhawks-St. Louis Blues series.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An NHL coach grabs his crotch in an obscene gesture and gets a hefty fine. An NHL player, however, can spear an opponent in the nuts during a playoff game and that’s okay.
STLTODAY.COM: The Blues hope to overcome exhaustion in Game Two this afternoon against the Blackhawks after winning Game One in triple overtime early Friday.
PHILLY.COM: Potential good news for the Flyers, as starting goalie Steve Mason (upper-body injury) looked good in practice on Friday and hopes to be in goal for Game Two against the NY Rangers on Sunday.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild veteran winger Dany Heatley, a healthy scratch in Game One against the Colorado Avalanche, says he’s ready if needed for Game Two.
NBC SPORTS: Ratings for the first two nights of the Stanley Cup playoffs are up 43 percent over last year’s.