The Devils square their Eastern Conference Final series with the Rangers, the Kings and Coyotes prepare for Game 5 of the Western Conference Final, and more.
NORTHJERSEY.COM/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Zach Parise scored twice as the New Jersey Devils downed the New York Rangers 4-1 in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final, squaring the series at two games apiece. The game was a chippy affair, which saw the Rangers lose their cool as well as their disciplined defensive system.
Blueshirts forward Michael Rupp distinguished himself by earning two roughing penalties and a game misconduct in one shift, punching Devils goalie Martin Brodeur and flattening Steve Bernier, resulting in Rangers coach John Tortorella and Devils coach Peter DeBoer yelling at each other between the benches. Rangers blueliner Michael Del Zotto didn’t have a good game, and wound up benched from early in the second onward.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The LA Kings hope to regain their winning focus and end the Western Conference Final in Game Five tonight, while the Coyotes hope to force a sixth game back in Los Angeles. Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata, their leading goalscorer in the regular season, has been neutralized by the Kings in this series, with no points in the four games played so far.
CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton admitted he’d would accept a gay teammate, pointing out the supportive family-like atmosphere on the Bruins.
DETROIT NEWS: The Detroit Red Wings have hired an architect firm to design a new downtown arena.