Sharks down Kings in overtime, Red Wings beat Blackhawks to tie their series, updates on the Penguins, Senators, Bruins and Rangers, plus the latest on Eric Staal.
MERCURYNEWS.COM/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Logan Couture scored in overtime as the San Jose Sharks nipped the LA Kings 2-1 to narrow the Kings series lead two games to one. Couture had been injured earlier in the game but returned and played the third period and overtime. The Kings, however, weren’t pleased with the officiating. The Sharks, meanwhile, were fined $100K by the league following GM Doug Wilson’s critical comments of the league’s suspension of Raffi Torres.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The questionable officiating unfortunately overshadowed a fine effort by the Sharks, who ramped up the physical play to get themselves back into this series.
DETROIT NEWS/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg led his team at both ends of the ice as the Wings downed the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1, tying their best of seven series at a game apiece. Zetterberg had two assists and shut down Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a statement game by the Red Wings, sending a message to the Blackhawks they’ve still got plenty of fight left in them. This series could be a long one.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tortorella certainly doesn’t mince words when criticizing one of his players. Seguin should count his blessings Claude Julien isn’t cut from the same cloth.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/POST-GAZETTE.COM: The Ottawa Senators hope to get a lift from the return of Jason Spezza in Game Three today, while Marc-Andre Fleury’s status hasn’t been a distraction for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Senators fans should temper their enthusiasm over Spezza’s return. While he could help, he hasn’t played a meaningful game since early February, so it could take him some time to get fully back into game shape. Fleury’s inconsistency explains why GM Ray Shero acquired Tomas Vokoun last year.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Eric Staal suffered a third-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee when he suffered a knee-on-knee collision with Alexander Edler last week at the World Hockey Championships. No surgery is required, though Staal will face three months of rehabilitation.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Staal got very lucky he wasn’t more seriously hurt. This means he should be ready to go for training camp in September.