The Blackhawks down the Red Wings in Game One of their Conference Semifinal, Bruins and Rangers prepare to start their series, Raffi Torres faces suspension again, and more.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/DETROIT FREE PRESS: Patrick Sharp had a goal and two assists as the Chicago Blackhawks thumped the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven conference semifinal. The Blackhawks outshot 41-21, including 35-14 over the second and third periods.
BOSTON GLOBE/NEW YORK POST: The Boston Bruins face going into their conference semifinal series against the NY Rangers shorthanded on defense, as Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference skipped yesterday’s practice while Wade Redden briefly skated. Meanwhile, struggling Rangers center Brad Richards is adjusting to his demotion to the fourth line.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres has been suspended pending a hearing in NYC today over his hit on LA Kings forward Jarret Stoll, who is now listed as day-to-day with a head injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s considerable debate over whether Torres deserves a suspension this time as it appears he was going for a shoulder-to-shoulder hit on the play. Ultimately, given Torres’ history and reputation, I expect he’ll be suspended for the remainder of the Sharks-Kings series.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis scores more goals five-on-five than most NHL stars.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dupuis was on pace for a career year when his stats for this season (20 goals, 38 points in 48 games) are prorated over an 82-game schedule. His six goals thus far in this year’s playoffs has him tied with Patrick Sharp for the playoff goalscoring lead.
NHL.COM: The Ottawa Senators have ruled out center Jason Spezza for Game Two of the Senators-Penguins conference semifinal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I wouldn’t be surprised if Spezza makes his debut during Game Three or Four in Ottawa.
SPORTING NEWS: The NHL has confirmed two games will be played in Yankee Stadium next season. The first will be between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils on January 26, followed by the Rangers and Islanders on January 29.
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils have begun contract talks with pending UFA forward David Clarkson but has yet to do so with Patrik Elias.
PHILLY.COM: Ilya Bryzgalov said something controversial again, saying he believes Joseph Stalin was a good leader.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika looks at several coaching options for the Stars.