Blackhawks and Ducks take 3-2 leads in their respective series, Flyers tie their series with the Rangers, plus the latest on other NHL playoff teams and more.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/STLTODAY.COM: Jonathan Toews scored in overtime to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory in Game Five and a 3-2 series lead, spoiling the return of Blues captain David Backes into the lineup.
PHILLY.COM/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Flyers starter Steve Mason made a triumphant debut in his club’s series against the New York Rangers, stopping 37 shots in a 2-1 victory, tying their series two games apiece. One reason behind the Rangers’ defeat was their ineffective power play, going 0 for 12 since midway through Game Two.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry each had three-point performances as the Anaheim Ducks romped to a 6-2 penalty-filled victory over the Dallas Stars to take a 3-2 series lead. Those penalties proved costly for the Stars, giving up four power-play goals.
TRIBLIVE.COM/COLUMBUS DISPATCH: As some of the Pittsburgh Penguins top players (like Sidney Crosby and James Neal) vow to perform better in Game Five of their series against Columbus, Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has been setting an example for his teammates to follow.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Johnson has been often maligned as a selfish player. In this series against the Penguins he leads the Blue Jackets in goals (3), blocked shots (18) and ice time (over 29 minutes per game) and is second in points (5). He’s definitely leading by example for the underdog Jackets.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings need more from forward Johan Franzen, who’s been silent on the ice and with the press, if they’re to stay alive against the Boston Bruins. The Wings are currently down three games to one.
DENVER POST/STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Colorado Avalanche need Nathan MacKinnon to regain the offense he displayed earlier in the series against Minnesota, while Finnish centers Mikko Koivu, Mikael Granlund and Erik Haula are leading the way for the Wild, who’ve rallied to tie the series.
NBC SPORTS: Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop, Boston’s Tuukka Rask and Colorado’ Semyon Varlamov are your finalists for the 2014 Vezina Trophy.
CBS SPORTS: New York Islanders owner Charles Wang has reportedly set the price tag for his team at $370 million, and is offering to sell a 75 percent stake in the franchise.
SEATTLE TIME: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league isn’t considering expansion into Seattle now.