Maple Leafs seeking their first home playoff win, the Senators to face the Penguins, Lars Eller talks about his playoff-ending injury, while Canucks fans should expect cheaper, lesser-talented players joining the club this summer.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs hope to stave off elimination tonight with their first home win of their series against the Boston Bruins. The Bruins lead the series three games to two, with both Leafs wins coming in Boston.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The fans at the ACC will be charged up tonight, hoping their energy lifts their Leafs to winning this game and forcing a series-deciding Game Seven in Boston on Monday.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Pittsburgh Penguins elimination of the NY Islander means they’ll now face the Ottawa Senators in the conference semifinal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Aside from the brief distraction of Senators owner Eugene Melnick’s quixotic attempt to prove Penguins forward Matt Cooke deliberately injured Senators star Erik Karlsson earlier this season, this series will be a clash of experienced offensive punch against a young, determined defense. The Senators saw how the Penguins struggled against the Islanders speed. The Penguins also didn’t face a goalie like Craig Anderson in their series against the Islanders, which is going to make the difference. Yep, I’m calling this one for the Senators in six.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller recently spoke with the media about his series-ending injury against the Ottawa Senators. He claims to be feeling better but will undergo more neurological tests. He doesn’t remember the hit or being carried from the ice on a stretcher.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Eller looked and sounded much better, and is expected to make a full recovery in time for next season.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Salary cap constraints means cheaper, lesser-talented players could be coming the Canucks way this summer.