Blackhawks, Wild and Stars get back into their respective series, Penguins rally again to down the Blue Jackets, plus the latest on the other playoffs clubs.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE/STLTODAY.COM: Corey Crawford made 34 saves for the shutout and Jonathan Toews scored the game-winner as the Blackhawks blanked the St. Louis Blues 2-0, cutting the latter’s series lead to 2-1. Blues captain David Backes (concussion) missed Game Three and there’s no word when he could return in this series.
TWINCITIES.COM/DENVER POST: Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves and Mikael Granlund scored in overtime as the Minnesota Wild edged the Colorado Avalanche 1-0 to cut the latter’s series lead to 2-1. The Wild’s victory was tainted by forward Matt Cooke injuring Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie with a knee-on-knee hit. Cooke, who has a lengthy suspension history, will face a hearing at league headquarters in New York.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With that one move, Cooke undid two seasons of otherwise clean play. Barrie will miss 4-6 weeks with an MCL injury, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Cooke gets at least ten games, perhaps more.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kari Lehtonen made 37 saves backstopping the Dallas Stars to a 3-0 shutout of the Anaheim Ducks, cutting the Ducks series lead to 2-1. It was a costly loss for the Ducks, as defenseman Stephane Robidas, making his return to Dallas for the first time since he was dealt to Anaheim, suffered a playoff-ending broken leg.
CSNNE.COM/DETROIT NEWS: The Boston Bruins hope to end a lengthy losing drought in Detroit stretching back to March 2007. The Red Wings, meanwhile, must regain their focus which helped them defeat the Bruins in Game One.
NOTE: Updates on the Tampa Bay Lightning-Montreal Canadiens series can be found in “Canadian Corner”.