Blackhawks thump the Wild, Rangers edge the Penguins, Kings and Ducks prepare for the opening game of their series and more. 

Patrick Kane celebrates one of his two goals against the Wild.

Patrick Kane celebrates one of his two goals against the Wild.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/TWINCITIES.COM: Patrick Kane and Brian Bickell both scored twice while Marian Hossa had a three-point game as the Chicago Blackhawks thumped the Minnesota 5-2 in Game 1 of their divisional final. One of Kane’s goals was a highlight-reel “Showtime!” backhand tally.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/TRIBLIVE.COM: Derick Brassard scored in overtime to lift the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory in the opening game of their division final series.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Lisa Dillman and Lance Pugmire examine the keys to the upcoming LA Kings – Anaheim Ducks series.

DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog will skip the upcoming World Championships owing to a hand injury suffered during the Avalanche-Wild series.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Veteran goaltender Mathieu Garon has retired after 12 NHL seasons with Montreal, Los Angeles, Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Columbus and Tampa Bay.

NOTE: News involving the Boston Bruins-Montreal Canadiens series appears in “Canadian Corner”.

 

 

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