The Senators down the Penguins in double OT, the Bruins thump the Rangers, updates on the Red Wings, Blackhawks, Kings & Sharks, Patrick Roy reportedly in the running for Avalanche coaching job, and more.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/POST-GAZETTE.COM: A late goal by Daniel Alfredsson forced overtime, setting the stage for Colin Greening’s double overtime goal as the Ottawa Senators downed the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1. The Penguins power-play, usually effective in this year’s playoffs, went 0-6 in this game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a big win for the Senators, as a loss would’ve put them down 3-0 in the series. Sens goalie Craig Anderson, pulled in Game Two, was outstanding in this one, making 49 saves.
BOSTON GLOBE/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Boston Bruins offense came alive in Game Two to pound the New York Rangers 5-2, putting the Bruins up two games to none in this series. Johnny Boychuk, Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic scored three unanswered goals to put this one away for Boston.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers popgun offense remains the story, especially their woeful powerplay (2 for 36 in the playoffs to date). Henrik Lundqvist’s stellar goaltending overcame his team’s lack of scoring against Washington and kept Game One of this series close, but he cannot do it all by himself. If this trend continues, the Blueshirts will be golfing by week’s end.
MLIVE.COM/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is pleased with the performance of his young players like Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson, Damien Brunner, Brendan Smith, Jakub Kindl and Jonathan Ericsson in this year’s playoffs. Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg, a healthy scratch in the first two games of this series, will play in Game Three.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The knock on those younger Wings entering this year’s playoffs was their lack of post-season experience, but given how they’ve all risen to the occasion, it’s obviously not a problem.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/MERCURYNEWS.COM: The LA Kings cannot afford for goaltender Jonathan Quick to lose his temper over the officiating in this series against the San Jose Sharks. Sharks winger Martin Havlat is not expected in the lineup for Game Four.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Quick, who received a game misconduct at the conclusion of Game Three for abuse of officials, won’t receive supplemental discipline.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth backstopped Sweden to the World Hockey Championship title.
DENVER POST: Former Colorado Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy is rumored in the mix for the club’s vacant head coaching position. Roy is owner/GM/head coach of the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Roy has been linked to the Avs in the past, as well as to the Montreal Canadiens, but always declined citing his ties to the Remparts. The fact Roy’s former captain Joe Sakic is now VP of hockey operations might convince the Hall of Famer to return to the Avs.