Canadiens and Senators set to renew hostilities in Game Four, the Sedin Twins have done enough, Nail Yakupov snubbed for the Calder, and more.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Dave Stubbs believes the Canadiens can’t afford to mix it up again with the Ottawa Senators as they did in Game Three.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators defenseman Eric Gryba will return from his two-game suspension for his blindside hit on Canadiens forward Lars Eller.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens as a team blew their cool against the Senators in Game Three and it cost them. The Senators aren’t just winning on the ice, they’re also winning the mind games and in the court of public opinion. Gryba would be a tempting target for retaliation for the Habs, but that would be a costly mistake. They must regain their cool and their Game Two form, or risk falling behind 3-1 in this series and face elimination on home ice.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Tony Gallagher doesn’t consider the Sedin twins at fault for the Canucks poor performance against the San Jose Sharks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks lack of second line scoring is what’s killing them. The Sedins are doing their best, but there’s no other line to help them carry the offensive load.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers rookie Nail Yakupov, who led all NHL rookies in scoring this season, was not among the finalists for the 2013 Calder Trophy.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: “Puck Daddy” Greg Wyshynski claimed inconsistency was why Yakupov failed to make the cut, citing his lack of goal-scoring in March.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames named defenseman Mark Giordano as their nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets prospect Mark Scheifele led the Barrie Colts to a 6-3 win over the London Knights to take a 2-1 series lead in the OHL final.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: After nine long years, Toronto Maple Leafs fans are thrilled their club is finally back in the postseason.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The level of expectations for Leafs fans was low this season. Regardless of the outcome of their series against Boston, the bar will be higher for next season.