Penguins eliminate the Senators, updates on the Bruins-Rangers, Blackhawks-Red Wings and Sharks-Kings, the latest notable contract signings and more.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators gave their best, and are stocked with promising talent, but they just couldn’t match, let alone shut down, the Penguins vaunted offense. The Penguins got a scare in the first round against the Islanders, but they made a statement in this series against Ottawa – particularly in the final two games – they will be a powerful opponent for whoever faces them in the Conference Final, and perhaps the Stanley Cup Final.
BOSTON HERALD/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Boston Bruins will need a better effort in Game Five than what they had in Game Four if they hope to close out their series with the NY Rangers, who hope to ride the momentum from their Game Four victory to a win in Game Five.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Game Five will be in Boston, where the Bruins will try to feed off the energy of the home town crowd. The Rangers must strike early to take the crowd out of the game.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/MLIVE.COM: The struggles of Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook has been reflected in his reduced playing time, while the Detroit Red Wings’ bottom four defensemen (Kyle Quincey, Jakub Kindl, Carlo Colaiacovo and Brendan Smith) have made a big difference for their club in this series.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Red Wings strong defensive play has frustrated the Blackhawks, who must find a way tonight in Game Five to solve that problem or face booking tee times by Sunday.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/CSNBAYAREA.COM: LA Kings Defenseman Matt Greene has made his presence felt in the last two games against the San Jose Sharks, who should have Adam Burish back for Game Six tomorrow in San Jose.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets signed goaltender Curtis McElhinney to a one-year, one-way contract worth $600K.
STLTODAY.COM: The Blues signed forward Adam Cracknell to a one-year, one-way deal worth $600K.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars fans have mixed reactions to their team’s new logo.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The NHL could lay out a new ownership deal for the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday. The league has been negotiating a purchase deal with Renaissance Sports & Entertainment to keep the club in Glendale, whose city council has been conducting a competitive search for an arena management to run the Jobing.com arena.