The Devils down the Flyers to advance to the Eastern Conference Final, the Rangers and Capitals prepare for Game Six showdown, Kings and Coyotes prepare for Western Conference Final, plus updates on the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning.
NJ.COM/PHILLY.COM: The New Jersey Devils defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1, taking their best-of-seven series in five games and advancing to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2003. The Devils credited discipline as much as their ability to exploit the Flyers defense with their forechecking for the victory, while Ilya Bryzgalov’s accidentally shooting the puck off David Clarkson into his own goal highlighted what was an up-and-down season for the first-year Flyers goalie. For more on the Flyers, check out the “Rumors” section.
NEW YORK POST/WASHINGTON CAPITALS: The NY Rangers and Washington Capitals prepare for Game Six of their series tonight in Washington, with the Rangers hoping to finish the series, while the Capitals hope to stave off elimination and force a seventh game.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Los Angeles Kings prepare to face a team very much like themselves in the Western Conference Final in the Phoenix Coyotes, who continue to follow their February blueprint (where they lost only once, in overtime) to success.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman denied rumors head coach Joel Quenneville won’t return next season, while Quenneville also shot down speculation he might leave to take up the head coaching job with the Montreal Canadiens.
CBS SPORTS: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund isn’t retiring, but he’s unsure if he’ll be able to return from knee surgeries. An erroneous report yesterday claimed Ohlund was retiring, but while that may not be the case, given those knee injuries, it wouldn’t be surprising if he does decide to call it a career in the near future.