Canadiens stave off elimination with big win over the Rangers, updates on the Kings and Blackhawks, Blue Jackets re-sign coach Todd Richards and more.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rene Bourque potted a hat trick as the Canadiens chased Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist from the net on route to a wild 7-4 victory in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final. The Canadiens avoid elimination and force Game 6 in New York on Thursday.
The Rangers could be without forward John Moore, who faces a disciplinary hearing over an illegal check to the head of Canadiens forward Dale Weise in the third period. Moore received a five-minute major and was ejected from the game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In a way this was like Game One of the series, only it was the Rangers who were unprepared while the Canadiens lit up the scoreboard. The Blueshirts did make it interesting in the second, rallying back from a 4-1 deficit to tie the game, but consecutive goals by Bourque snuffed out the rally, while Habs goalie Dustin Tokarski held the Rangers off the score sheet in the third.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Attention to detail is responsible for the Kings taking a 3-1 series lead over the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final. Game Five goes tonight in Chicago.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks defense has been uncharacteristically poor against the Kings. The ‘Hawks have given up 13 goals in their past three games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blackhawks have struggled to contain the Kings’ offensive attack. If they fail to find contain them tonight in Game Five, the series will be over.
NHL.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed head coach Todd Richards to a two-year contract extension.
STLTODAY.COM: The Blues have hired former Buffalo Sabres goaltending coach Jim Corsi as their new goalie coach.
NBC SPORTS: Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo could seek to double his salary ($600K) on his new contract after coaching the club to consecutive playoff appearances.
SUNSENTINEL.COM: Former NY Rangers coach Tom Renney could be among the coaching candidates for the Florida Panthers.
NBC SPORTS: Former NHL defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh has announced his retirement. He last played in the NHL in 2007-08 with the San Jose Sharks. He played 15 NHL seasons with the Sharks, Avalanche, Hurricanes, Panthers, Ducks and Rangers, winning a Stanley Cup in 1996 with the Avalanche. Ozolinsh had 564 points in 875 NHL games, along with 90 points in 137 playoff games. He spent the past five seasons in the KHL.