Recaps of Monday’s NHL postseason action, the 2013 Calder Trophy finalists are announced, the Sabres coaching search continues, more financial problems for the Coyotes, and more.
BOSTON GLOBE/TORONTO SUN: Milan Lucic and David Krejci each had three-point performances as the Boston Bruins spoiled the Toronto Maple Leafs first home playoff game in nine years with a 5-2 victory, taking a 2-1 lead in the series.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The wheels fell off for the Leafs in the second period, especially after Nathan Horton scored to make it 3-1 less than a minute after Jake Gardiner had cut the Bruins lead to 2-1. That was the game’s turning point.
DETROIT FREE PRESS/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Damien Brunner scored in overtime as the Detroit Red Wings rallied from a 2-1 deficit to down the Anaheim Ducks 3-2, tying their best-of-seven series at two games apiece.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The game-tying goal came from Pavel Datsyuk, who beat Ducks goalie Jona Hiller with a water bottle-popping high wrister.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/WASHINGTON POST: The return of defenseman Marc Staal and a late third period goal by Derek Stepan lifted the New York Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals, narrowing the Capitals series lead to 2-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals had a great chance to force overtime with a late period power-play, but the Rangers did a superb job of penalty killing, not giving the Capitals a clear opportunity for a shot on goal. This game was vastly superior to the Game Two yawnfest.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/STLTODAY.COM: Unanswered third period goals by Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams rallied the LA Kings from a 3-2 deficit to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues, tying the series 2-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pundit Mark Spector recently declared this series a “travesty”. Dunno what Kings-Blues series he’s been watching, because this one is arguably the best of this year’s playoffs thus far.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks will up their intensity against the Minnesota Wild, but won’t deviate from their successful style.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild rookies Jason Zucker, Charlie Coyle and Jonas Brodin are bonding and improving as their series against the Chicago Blackhawks continues.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This trio are part of the Wild much-talked-about depth in young talent, and they’re making a positive impression in this series against the Blackhawks.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: The absence of veteran blueliner Brooks Orpik is showing for the Penguins, as they struggle to adjust to the speed of the NY Islanders.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins have really had difficulty in their own zone shutting down the Islanders.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: Discipline has been key for the San Jose Sharks in their series against the Vancouver Canucks. The Sharks lead their best-of-seven series 3-0 and can sweep the series in Game Four tonight.
NHL.COM: Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau, Chicago’s Brandon Saad, and Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher were named finalists for the 2013 Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Edmonton’s Nail Yakupov, the leading scorer among all rookies this season, was surprisingly excluded from the list.
TAMPABAY.COM: The Lightning have signed defenseman Radko Gudas to a three-year, $2.975 million contract extension.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres coaching search continues.
AZCENTRAL.COM: The ongoing saga of the Phoenix Coyotes ownership situation continues.