Flyers down Penguins in a rough finish, Bruins defeat Rangers, Red Wings beat Panthers, Wild edge Blackhawks, Stamkos’ quest for 60, Ducks fans beg Selanne to return, Eriksson no longer under-rated, a mad scramble in the West, Sabres prepare for daunting task, candidates for the Blue Jackets captaincy, and the status of the Islanders management and coach.
PHILLY.COM: The Flyers rallied from a two-goal deficit to down the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-4 in a game which saw a wild meelee toward the end, a sign perhaps of things to come when the two sides square off again in Pittsburgh next Saturday, as well as a potential highlight of what could be their first round matchup when the playoffs open next week.
BOSTON HERALD: Rangers star Marian Gaborik joined Jean Ratelle and Mike Gartner as the only Rangers to reach the 40-goal mark in at least two seasons, but it wasn’t enough as his club fell to the Bruins defeated the Blueshirts 2-1 to clinch the Northeast Division title and the second overall seed in the Eastern Conference.
DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings edged the Florida Panthers in a shootout 2-1, moving them back into fourth overall in the Western Conference. Despite the loss, the Panthers picked up a valuable point to widen their lead over the Washington Capitals in the Southeast Division to three points, with both teams having three games left.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild’s woeful offense sprang to life against the Chicago Blackhawks, powering them to a 5-4 shootout win. Wild forward Devin Setoguchi had the game winner, as well as a goal and two assists on the night.
TBO.COM: The Lightning may be out of the playoff race, but Steven Stamkos’ quest for 60 goals this season is keeping their fans interested as the season winds down. Stamkos currently has 56 goals.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks fell 2-1 to the Edmonton Oilers, but that was of little consequence to Ducks fans, who pleaded with veteran Teemu Selanne to return for one more season.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: With his third consecutive 70-point season, Dallas Stars forward Loui Eriksson can no longer be considered under-rated. If the Stars were the powerhouse they were ten years ago, or if Eriksson played in a bigger hockey market, he’d be getting the recognition he fully deserves.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: It’s shaping up to be a wild finish to the season for the Sharks, battling with four other teams for the few remaining playoff spots in the Western Conference.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres face a daunting challenge of making the playoffs entering the final week of this season.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: A look at the potential candidates to replace the sure-to-be-departing Rick Nash as captain of the Blue Jackets next season. My choice? R.J. Umberger.
ESPN NEW YORK: NY Islanders owner Charles Wang said Garth Snow and Jack Capuano would return next season as the team’s GM and head coach respectively.