Blackhawks eliminate the Blues, Ducks rally to eliminate the Stars, Rangers push Flyers to the brink, updates on the other playoff teams and more.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/STLTODAY.COM: Duncan Keith had a four-point performance and Jonathan Toews scored his third game-winning goal in four games as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the St. Louis Blues 5-1, winning the best-of-seven series four games to two. The loss brought a bitter end to a promising season for the Blues, who lost four straight games after winning the first two in this series.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blues are a very good team, but they lack clutch goaltending and a leader like Toews who can lift a team with his play.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Nick Bonino scored twice, including in overtime, as the Anaheim Ducks staged a late rally to overcome a 4-2 deficit to defeat the Dallas Stars 5-4, winning the series four games to two. Jonas Hiller, who replaced Frederik Andersen after the Ducks fell behind 4-2, was perfect over the remainder of the game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A stunning defeat for the Stars, but they’ve served notice they’re going to be a serious playoff contender in the coming years. This is something the young Stars can learn from and build on. Hiller’s solid play coming in cold to spell off a struggling Andersen could see him regain his starter’s role when the Ducks face either the LA Kings or San Jose Sharks in the next round.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/PHILLY.COM: Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves and Dominic Moore had a two-point performance as the New York Rangers downed the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers are trying their best but the Rangers’ depth in talent is making the difference, allowing them to take control of this series.
TRIBLIVE.COM/COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Pittsburgh Penguins hope for a repeat of their winning formula in Game Five against Columbus in Game Six tonight, while the Blue Jackets hope to stave off elimination and force a Game Seven.
MERCURYNEWS.COM/LOS ANGELES TIMES: After Sharks goalie Antti Niemi struggled in his last two games it might be time for a goaltending change, while young Kings Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson hope they can help their club win Game Six and force a seventh game.
MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings are waiting to determine if star Pavel Datsyuk (sore knee) requires off-season surgery or rest.
NEWSOBDSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford is expected to announce today he’s stepping down after 20 years in the job.