Bruins crush the Penguins to take a 2-0 series lead, Blackhawks and Kings prepare for Game 3, Lightning add an assistant coach, Devils search for one, and more.
BOSTON GLOBE/TRIBLIVE.COM: The Boston Bruins routed the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-1 to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Conference Final. Among the reasons why the Penguins find themselves in this mess is their top players have been held off the score sheet thus far.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins have done a magnificent job shutting down the Penguins, who’ve appeared frustrated and confused throughout the opening two games of the Conference Final. If you told me Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Pascal Dupuis, Jarome Iginla and Chris Kunitz would be held pointless through the first two games, I’d have adviced you to stop abusing solvents. The biggest challenge now falls to Penguins coach Dan Bylsma to find a way to counter the Bruins stingy defense and get his scorers on the board. Otherwise, this series will be over by the weekend.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Blackhawks have a good road record but are aware the LA Kings haven’t lost at home yet in this year’s playoffs. To continue that trend, Kings center Anze Kopitar and linemate Dustin Brown must get on the score sheet.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kopitar has one goal in his last eleven playoff games, Brown one in his last seven. For the Kings to get back into this series against the Blackhawks, these two must start scoring, especially in Game Three tonight. If the defending champs lose tonight, they’ll be in a hole too deep to get out of against a determined Blackhawks team.
CBC.CA: Mandatory visors, hybrid icing and goaltender equipment are on the agenda for today’s NHL competition committee meeting.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given Marc Staal’s eye injury back in March, I expect the committee will recommend grandfathering in mandatory visor usage.
USA TODAY: Phoenix Coyotes winger Paul Bissonnette used his thousands of Twitter followers to return a lost wallet he found in the back of a cab to its rightful owners.
NJ.COM: Devils coach Peter DeBoer continues his search for a new assistant coach.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired former Vancouver Canucks assistant coach Rick Bowness as their new assistant coach.