Canadiens upset the Bruins, the Kings force Game 7 against the Ducks, plus updates on the Penguins, Sharks, Wild and Flyers.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/BOSTON GLOBE: Carey Price made 29 saves and teammates Dale Weise, Max Pacioretty and Daniel Briere scored as the Canadiens defeated the Bruins 3-1 to win the best-of-seven series four games to three, marching on to the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers. Some controversy erupted during the post-game handshake line when Bruins forward Milan Lucic apparently made disrespectful comments to Weise and Alexei Emelin.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And thus ends another chapter in the ongoing story of hockey’s true “forever rivals” (Sorry, Leafs fans, but that storyline with the Habs died decades ago. The Bruins are truly the Canadiens’ greatest rival, and I believe most Bruins fans feel the same). If Lucic was indeed disrespectful toward Weise and Emelin, that’s a lack of class on his part. Look, I understand it’s hard to shake hands with an opponent you hate, especially when they’ve eliminated you from a playoff series, but there’s no reason to do that. I admire Lucic’s skills but not his bad attitude.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis scored while Jonathan Quick turned aside 21 shots as the LA Kings edged the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 to force a seventh and deciding game in Anaheim on Friday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The “Freeway Series” has been everything I expected it would be. It’s only fitting it comes down to a seventh and deciding game.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Clutch as the Blackhawks may be, they’ll have to raise their game if they hope to repeat as Cup champions.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins ownership is rumored to favor replacing head coach Dan Bylsma but remain undecided over the fate of GM Ray Shero.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Big changes are coming for the Penguins, most likely behind the bench and possibly in the management’s chair.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: Changes may be coming to the San Jose Sharks this summer, but GM Doug Wilson and head coach Todd McLellan won’t be among them.
TWINCITIES.COM: Sources say a new contract is coming for Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A few months ago there was speculation Yeo could be replaced at season’s end. Nothing like winning a playoff series and pushing the defending Stanley Cup champions to overtime in Game 6 to change that opinion.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle played in the Wild’s series against the Chicago Blackhawks with two separated shoulders.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s not a misprint, folks. Two. Separated. Shoulders. Yet another example of the toughness of hockey players come playoff time.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers forward Steve Downie was to undergo surgery on his right ear yesterday to alleviate hearing loss suffered in a fight earlier in the season, defenseman Nicklas Grossmann begins rehabbing his surgically repaired right ankle, and forward Tye McGinn had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist.