Devils stay alive to force Game Five in the Stanley Cup Final, Panthers re-sign GM Dale Tallon, Marc Crawford still searching head coaching gig, Coyotes prospective owner may lack cash to purchase the team, and a look at where the 1997 Detroit Red Wings are today.
NJ.COM: Rookie forward Adam Henrique scored the game-winning goal with 4.31 remaining in the third period, and the ageless Martin Brodeur made 21 saves, as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 to stay alive in the Stanley Cup Final. Game Five will be on Saturday back in New Jersey. Devils captain Zach Parise appeared to suffer an ankle injury during the game but insisted afterward he was fine.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings made no excuses for failing to clinch their first Stanley Cup in franchise history in Game Four at home, crediting the Devils for being the better team in that game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was a game where nerves (Kings) met desperation (Devils), and desperation won. Of the Kings three losses in this year’s post-season, all have come in Game Four (Canucks, Coyotes and Devils).
MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers have re-signed GM Dale Tallon to what’s believed to be a three-year contract extension. Tallon was responsible for overhauling the Panthers roster, leading to their first post-season appearance (where they threw a scare into the New Jersey Devils in the opening round) since 2000.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Former NHL coach and current TSN hockey analyst Marc Crawford continues to search for a head coaching job. Crawford was among the finalists for the head coaching job in Montreal, which eventually went to Michel Therrien.
OTTAWA SUN: cited a report by Forbes magazine claiming sources say prospective Phoenix Coyotes owner Greg Jamison lacks the cash to purchase the team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not much on this story this morning, though I daresay it’ll soon gain a life of its own, resulting in the usual denials from the league.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: A “Where are they now?” look at the Detroit Red Wings 1997 championship roster.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: OK, it’s not “news”, but I’m always interested in “where are they now?” lists of championship teams, so I thought this was worth sharing.