Kings defeat the Blackhawks in Game 3 of Western Conference Final, updates on the Canadiens and Rangers, plus the latest on the Stars, Capitals and more.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: For the second straight game, Jeff Carter was an offensive force, scoring once and setting up two others as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Final. The Blackhawks special teams are struggling, going 0-for-4 on the power play while giving up a power-play goal in Game 3. Jonathan Toews scored twice for the Blackhawks.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Animosity is growing between the Canadiens and NY Rangers on the eve of Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Final.
NEW YORK POST: Norway is celebrating the breakout season of native son and NY Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello.
NHLPA: Rangers forward Dan Carcillo intends to appeal his 10-game suspension for abusing an official in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault is reportedly so concerned over how this suspension could affect Carcillo’s career. Poor muffin. I don’t feel sorry for Carcillo because he brought it upon himself. He’s responsible for his actions. If it costs him his NHL career, that’s his own fault. The game certainly won’t suffer by his absence.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: At least one doctor said Stars forward Rich Peverley can play next season. Peverley collapsed from a cardiac incident during a game this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s promising news for Peverley. Here’s hoping he can make a full recovery.
WASHINGTON POST: Various reports claim the Capitals are close to hiring former Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz as their new head coach.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If he does join the Capitals it’ll be interesting to see what he does with two offensive superstars (Ovechkin and Backstrom) in his lineup, as that’s something he never had in all his years with the Predators.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl has a fascinating piece on NHL agent Steve Bartlett.
THE NATIONAL POST: Joe O’Connor reports hockey’s origins weren’t in Canada but in England.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Hockey analytics pioneer and Edmonton lawyer Tore Purdy (aka “JLikens”) has passed away at the age of 28.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to his family and friends. 28 is far too young to die. Hopefully his legacy in hockey analytics will live on.