Kings eliminate Blackhawks, plus updates on Rick Nash and Bob Cole, a look at the NHL Scouting Combine, and a former owner of the Devils is dead.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: There will be a new Stanley Cup champion in 2014 as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 on an overtime goal by Alec Martinez. The Kings will march on to face the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final beginning June 4 at 8 pm ET in Los Angeles. With the victory, the Kings became the first team in NHL history to win three consecutive Game Sevens on route to the Stanley Cup Final.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks come to grips with losing in Game 7 after rallying back from a 3-1 series deficit against the Kings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This may have been the best series of the playoffs thus far. It was a shame there had to be a loser as both clubs gave their all. Ultimately, inconsistent goaltending and defensive play doomed the Blackhawks. Yes, the Kings had shaky goaltending and defensive play in this series, too, but it didn’t prove their undoing as it did for the ‘Hawks.
NEW YORK POST: Rick Nash’s “team above self” attitude makes the difference for the Rangers.
NATIONAL POST: Bob Cole will be returning next season with Hockey Night in Canada.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl takes a look at what the top prospects go through at the NHL Scouting Combine.
NJ.COM: Devils and NHL executives expressed their sadness over the recent death of former Devils owner Lewis Katz, who died in a plane crash Saturday night.