Coyotes and Blues take commanding leads in their respective series, Capitals and Devils rally to even theirs, plus the latest news on the other opening round series.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC/CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Mikkel Boedker scored his second overtime winner as the Phoenix Coyotes once again downed the Chicago Blackhawks in OT, by a score of 3-2. It’s the Coyotes first time with a 3-1 series lead since 1999, leaving the Blackhawks on the verge of elimination, unless their top scorers can step up.
WASHINGTON TIMES/BOSTON HERALD: Capitals goalie Braden Holtby was once again the difference, stopping 44 shots en route to a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins, tying the series 2-2, as some of the Bruins best players (David Krejci, Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic) struggled to generate shots on Holtby. Also notable was Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin played less than two minutes in the third period, which is bound to generate headlines regarding his relationship with head coach Dale Hunter.
STLTODAY.COM/MERCURYNEWS.COM: BJ Crombeen and Andy McDonald scored the Blues only goals, and Brian Elliott made 24 saves, as the Blues edged the San Jose Sharks 2-1 to take a commanding 3-1 series lead back to St. Louis.
NJ.COM/SUN-SENTINEL.COM: There was no comeback for the Florida Panthers in this one, as the Devils lit up Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen for four goals, while Martin Brodeur broke Patrick Roy’s playoff shutout record with his 24th, as the Devils downed the Panthers 4-0 to tie their series at two games apiece.
THE TENNESSEAN/DETROIT NEWS: The Nashville Predators brace for a desperate Detroit Red Wings team facing elimination as the two clubs square off in Nashville tonight for Game Five. Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom, meanwhile, said he won’t give any thoughts toward retirement until “the end of the year”, meaning the end of the playoffs, which could be tonight for the Wings if they don’t rally for a victory.
PHILLY.COM/PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: The Flyers could have winger James van Riemsdyk back in the lineup for the first time in this series) for Game Five tonight in Pittsburgh, while defenseman Nicklas Grossmann is day-to-day with an upper body injury. The Penguins, meanwhile, worked on their penalty-killing, which has been the worst in this spring’s playoffs.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers have struggled in overtime in their series against the Ottawa Senators, dropping Games Two and Four in extra time. For the latest on the Senators, check out “Canadian Corner”.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings are benefiting from head coach Darryl Sutter’s varied personality. For more on their opponents, the Vancouver Canucks, head to “Canadian Corner”.