Sharks force Game Seven with Kings, Blackhawks and Red Wings prepare for Game Six, plus updates on Tuukka Rask, Pascal Dupuis and more.
MERCURYNEWS.COM/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Joe Thornton and TJ Galiardi scored as the San Jose Sharks nipped the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 in Game Six of their Western Conference semifinal, forcing a seventh and deciding game in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Every game in this series has been won by the home team. If the trend continues, it doesn’t bode well for the Sharks.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/DETROIT NEWS: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook has regained his form after being paired with Duncan Keith, while the Detroit Red Wings resilience faces its true test in Game Six tonight.
CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli believes goaltender Tuukka Rask’s performance in this year’s playoffs makes him easier to re-sign. Rask is a restricted free agent this summer and could command between $5-$6 million per season.
POST-GAZETTE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis is poised to cash in big via unrestricted free agency this summer, but hopes to re-sign with the Penguins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the Penguins limited cap space, plus their need to re-sign Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang long-term, there might not be enough to re-sign Dupuis.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks believes the fault for the Rangers inability to progress this season rests with head coach John Tortorella.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: We’ll find out soon enough if Rangers GM Glen Sather feels the same.
CBC.CA: Nathan MacKinnon’s hat trick lifted the Halifax Mooseheads to the Memorial Cup championship with a 6-4 win over the Portland Winterhawks,
SPECTOR’S NOTE: MacKinnon’s performance in this tournament has some observers suggesting he’ll become the first overall pick in this year’s draft over Portland’s Seth Jones.
TSN.CA: Former Dallas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan is among the coaches the Vancouver Canucks are interested in, while Stars new GM Jim Nill has met with former Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff and has contacted former Canucks coach Alain Vigneault.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The final piece of last summer’s Rick Nash trade was completed, as the Blue Jackets third round pick now belongs to the NY Rangers.