Penguins down the Blue Jackets, Stars thump the Predators, plus updates on Rich Peverley, Roberto Luongo, Chris Kreider, Ted Nolan and more.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Beau Bennett scored the game winner and Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Penguins also learned checking forward Marcel Goc (foot injury) will miss the next three weeks.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Alex Goligoski collected three assists as the Dallas Stars romped to a 7-3 win over the Nashville Predators. Stars forward Rich Peverley, who is recovering from season-ending heart ablation surgery, said he’ll decide about his NHL future this summer.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins clinched a playoff berth with their win over the Blue Jackets, who remain in a four-way tie with Detroit, Washington and Toronto but are still clinging to one of the remaining postseason berths in the Eastern Conference. The Stars move within three points of Phoenix for the last playoff berth in the Western Conference.
NBC SPORTS: cites a report from Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos claiming the Buffalo Sabres have finalized terms for a three-year contract for coach Ted Nolan.
CBS SPORTS: The Sabres will retired goaltender Dominik Hasek’s number next season. Hasek had his best seasons with the Sabres during the 1990s.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In my opinion, during the late-1990s no other NHL goalie was better than Hasek. In his prime he was one of the greatest goalies in NHL history.
MIAMI HERALD: Roberto Luongo (day-to-day, neck injury) will miss the Florida Panthers game against the Montreal Canadiens tonight.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers winger Chris Kreider (hand surgery) might not be available for the opening round of the playoffs.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals GM George McPhee’s future in Washington is in doubt.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: The ins and outs of the NHL’s new playoff system explained.
NEWSDAY: NY Islanders owner Charles Wang is willing to entertain offers for his club, but said no deal is close and he’s not on the verge of selling.