Capitals even series with Rangers, Kings take two-game lead over Blues, updates on the Coyotes, Predators, Flyers and Devils, and Panthers coach snubbed for Adams trophy nomination.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/WASHINGTON POST: Despite seeing less than 14 minutes of ice time, Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin netted the game-winner on a power-play late in the third, as the Capitals downed the Rangers 3-2, to even their series at a game apiece. The series moves to Washington for Games 3 and 4.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/STLTODAY.COM: The Kings exploded for four goals (Anze Kopitar with two of them) in the first period, going on to an easy 5-2 victory over the Blues, who continue to struggle against the Kings forecheck and Jonathan Quick’s goaltending. The series shifts to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC/THE TENNESSEAN: The Coyotes fourth line of Gilbert Brule, Daymond Langkow and Kyle Chipchura have been invaluable in their teams’ two victories over the Nashville Predators, whose coach, Barry Trotz, said Alexander Radulov wasn’t the only player on his team who failed to step up in their Game Two loss.
NORTHJERSEY.COM/CSNPHILLY.COM: Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk has been receiving therapy for what’s believed to be a lower back injury, while Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossman and fellow blueliners played well in Game One against the Devils.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers coach Kevin Dineen, who guided the Panthers to a 22-point improvement this season, was passed over for an Adams trophy nomination as NHL coach of the year.