The Red Wings take a 2-1 series lead over the Blackhawks, updates on the Rangers-Bruins, Senators-Penguins and Kings-Sharks, Patrick Roy may become Avalanche head coach, Vincent Lecavalier hopes to remain with the Lightning and more.
DETROIT NEWS/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Two quick second period goals by Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller broke a scoreless tie, lifting the Detroit Red Wings t0 a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks and a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven series. The game was a physical one and wasn’t without its share of controversy, especially a disallowed goal by Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw which – had it counted – would have tied the game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The bigger issue is the Blackhawks inability in the past two games to deal with the physical play of the Red Wings, who’ve now outscored the ‘Hawks 7-2 in the last two games. If the Blackhawks don’t soon find an answer, they risk falling into a hole in this series too deep to climb out of.
NEW YORK POST/CSNNE.COM: NY Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist shrugged off concerns over a sore shoulder, claiming he’d be ready to go for Game Four of his club’s conference semifinal against the Boston Bruins. Boston defenseman Matt Bartkowski, who is earning praise for his play in this year’s playoffs, is glad the trade which would’ve shipped him to Calgary for Jarome Iginla fell through.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s interesting to think about how things might’ve been different for the Bruins if the Iginla trade had gone through. Fate works in mysterious ways.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/MERCURYNEWS.COM: Despite some changes to the Kings blueline corps, defense remains their strength. San Jose Sharks defenseman Jason Demers, meanwhile, is set to return to action in Game Four.
TRIBLIVE.COM/OTTAWA CITIZEN: Dejan Kovacevic is critical of the Pittsburgh Penguins using Jarome Iginla at left wing rather than at right, while the Ottawa Senators are finding reasons to believe they can beat the Penguins.
DENVER POST: Patrick Roy will become the next head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, according to his brother Stephane.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s been no confirmation from Roy or the Avalanche regarding this report. Hopefully there will be some clarification from either side in the near future.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier lamented his club’s failure to make the playoffs this season, and still sees himself as part of their future, noting his no-trade clause and how much he enjoys living and playing in Tampa Bay.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Lightning wanted to dump Lecavalier they could do so via compliance buyout, though that’s a lot of money to pay out to remove his cap hit from their books.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ACL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As the report noted, Beauchemin played over 25 minutes per game in the Ducks series against Detroit and tied for the team’s playoff scoring lead while playing on a torn ACL.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Capitals forward Wojtek Wolski has signed with a KHL team for next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thus ends what was once a promising NHL career. Wolski is only 27, but his play has been in decline in recent years.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres have re-signed enforcer John Scott to a one-year, $750K contract.
NHL.COM: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, Kings captain Dustin Brown and Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews are the finalists for this season’s Messier NHL Leadership award.
CNBC: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman bragged about the financial health of the NHL. ”For most sports teams we probably do better than the Dow,” said Bettman, “It’s a good, stable investment.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Meanwhile, back at NHL Headquarters, Bettman’s minions were busily planning their next lockout.