Stamkos scores twice as Lightning put Capitals playoff hopes in doubt, Sabres have no margin of error, Sharks playoff hopes depend on road improvement, goaltending key to Panthers playoff chances, Patrick Kane scoring more, Flyers’ Briere and Grossmann sidelined, Avalanche’s Duchene dealing with pain, Bruins to determine who to rest, Devils unsure if Larsson ready for playoffs, Selanne feels Ducks don’t need big changes, NHL suspends Quincey.
WASHINGTON POST: Steve Stamkos’ two late goals handed the Capitals a 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, putting the Caps playoff hopes in doubt, while Stamkos is now within two goals of becoming the first player since Alexander Ovechkin in 2007-08 to score 60 goals.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres caught a break with the Capitals loss last night, but with three games remaining (including one in hand over the Capitals), have no margin for error if they hope to clinch a playoff spot.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: The Sharks hopes for making the playoffs could hinge on improving their performance on the road, an area in which they’ve struggled over the past ten weeks. Two of the Sharks final three games are on the road.
MIAMI HERALD: Credit the strong goaltending of Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen for putting the Florida Panthers on the verge of clinching a playoff berth for the first time since 2000.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Patrick Kane is enjoying a late-season offensive resurgence, which bodes well for the Blackhawks entering the playoffs.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Flyers forward Daniel Briere is out indefinitely with an upper-back contusion, while defenseman Nicklas Grossmann will miss 7-10 days with a knee injury.
DENVER POST: 21-year-old Avalanche forward Matt Duchene is learning the hard way to live and play with injuries this season.
BOSTON HERALD: Bruins head coach Claude Julien facing decisions over which players to rest over the Bruins remaining regular season games.
NJ.COM: The Devils are uncertain about rookie defenseman Adam Larsson’s status for the upcoming playoffs.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Teemu Selanne suggests the Anaheim Ducks, based on their strong second half performance, won’t need a major off-season overhaul.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: The NHL has suspended Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey for charging Florida’s Tomas Kopecky.
NOTE: The Kings win over the Oilers is covered in “Canadian Corner”.