Rangers down Capitals in triple OT to regain series lead, Predators shut out Coyotes, updates on the other playoff teams, and more.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/WASHINGTON POST: Marian Gaborik scored the game-winner, and defenseman Ryan McDonagh logged over 53 minutes of ice time, as the Rangers edged the Capitals 2-1 in triple overtime, regaining their lead in the series two games to one. The Capitals have never won a playoff game which stretched beyond double overtime.
THE TENNESSEAN/ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Predators top stars were at their best, especially goalie Pekka Rinne, as they shut out the Coyotes 2-0, cutting the Coyotes lead in the series to two games to one. There’s also speculation suspended Predators Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn might not be reinstated back into the lineup for Game Four.
NJ.COM/PHILLY.COM: Travis Zajac, who missed all but 15 games during the regular season, has emerged as the Devils top scorer in this year’s playoffs, while Flyers forward Scott Hartnell shouldered the blame for his line’s poor performance against the Devils in Game Two.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/STLTODAY.COM: The Kings are maintaining their road routine at home by staying in hotels, while the Blues need to follow the gritty, never-say-die attitude of team captain David Backes if they hope to overcome their current 0-2 deficit against the Kings.
TAMPABAY.COM: Lightning center Steven Stamkos, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist are finalists for the Lindsay Award. They’re also finalists for the Hart Trophy. Guess the NHLPA membership are as bad as the media in people the most outstanding player in the league this season…;)
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: The Sharks ownership released a statement on its take of the club’s performance this season, issuing a vote of confidence for GM Doug Wilson, but apparently not for head coach Todd McLellan. It’s expected, however, Wilson will have the final say if McLellan remains the coach or not.