Kings tie NHL playoff record while taking 2-0 series lead over Devils in Stanley Cup Final, another NHLPA player rep optimistic over new CBA, and more.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter scored highlight-reel goals and goaltender Jonathan Quick made 32 saves as the Kings, for the second straight game, edged the New Jersey Devils 2-1 to take a 2-0 lead in their Stanley Cup Final series. It was the first time since 1951 the opening two games of the Cup Final went to overtime, and the Kings tied a playoff record by winning their tenth straight playoff road game.
NJ.COM: The Devils, held to only two goals in the opening two games of their Cup Final series against the Kings, need to find more offense if they harbor any hopes of getting back into this series. Their top scorers (Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise, Travis Zajac) have been held off the scoresheet thus far.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater suggests the real reason ratings are down for the Stanley Cup Final isn’t the lack of big market teams, but rather the absence of flamboyant stars.
DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings NHLPA player rep Niklas Kronwall remains optimistic the PA and the league will get a new CBA implemented without another work stoppage. Kronwall is the fourth player rep (joining Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik, Boston’s Daniel Paille, and NY Rangers Brandon Dubinsky) to publicly profess optimism a new CBA can be negotiated without a lockout cutting into next season.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Josh Yohe believes the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh will be an unpredictable one.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues top prospect Vladimir Tarasenko will join the club next season. If he plays up to potential, he could provide the Blues with a significant offensive boost.
BOSTON HERALD: After taking a year off from professional hockey, former NHLer Mark Recchi is hoping to return in a front office role.
DALLASNEWS.COM: Stars owner Tom Gaglardi hopes to one day hold his club’s training camps throughout the state of Texas.