Red Wings on brink of elimination, Panthers rally from three-goal deficit for Game Three victory, Coyotes’ Torres faces suspension, plus previews and other news from the rest of the opening round series.
AZREPUBLIC.COM/CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Mikkel Boedker scored a sharp angle game-winner as the Phoenix Coyotes edged the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime to take a 2-1 lead in the series. It was a game marred by a predatory hit by Coyotes forward Raffi Torres on Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa in the first period, resulting in Hossa being stretchered out of the game, and leaving the Blackhawks furious over the officiating. Earlier in the day, Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw was suspended three games for bowling over Coyotes goalie Mike Smith in Game Two. Torres, who has a suspension history for these kind of hits, has likely played his final game in this series, perhaps longer than that.
THE TENNESSEAN/DETROIT FREE PRESS: Goalie Pekka Rinne made forty saves, and defenseman Kevin Klein scored the game-winning goal, as the Nashville Predators downed the Detroit Red Wings 3-1, taking both games in Detroit to take a 3-1 series lead, pushing the Red Wings to the brink of elimination.
SUN-SENTINEL/NJ.COM: In a game which saw starting goaltenders Jose Theodore and Martin Brodeur given the hook early, the Florida Panthers rallied from a 3-0 early deficit to defeat the New Jersey Devils 4-3, in what was arguably the most entertaining game of the night. Three of the Panthers four goals came from defensemen, including the game-winner by Brian Campbell. The Panthers lead the series 2-1.
WASHINGTON POST/BOSTON HERALD: Capitals star center Nicklas Backstrom has been suspended from the upcoming fourth game of this series, the result of an end-game cross check on Boston’s Rich Peverley. The Bruins, meanwhile, appear to be getting stronger as the series turns nasty.
POST-GAZETTE/PHILLY.COM: Having lost three players – James Neal (1 game), Craig Adams (1 game) and Arron Asham (4 games) – to suspension, the Pittsburgh Penguins will try to avoid elimination tonight in Game Four against the Philadelphia Flyers, who could use a series sweep to rest up in preparation for the second round.
STLTODAY.COM/MERCURYNEWS.COM: Blues forward Patrik Berglund has rise to the occasion so far in this series against the Sharks, who must improve their penalty-killing if they hope to rally and win this series.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings are preparing for Game Four in anticipation of Canucks scorer Daniel Sedin could be returning to action from a concussion. For more on the Canucks, see “Canadian Corner” and “Rumors”.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers center Brian Boyle has been a hero for his team and a villain for the Ottawa Senators and their fans. For more on the Senators, check out “Canadian Corner”.