Predators eliminate Red Wings in five games, Fleury shines as Penguins stave off elimination again, Raffi Torres’ suspension to be handed down today, Bettman on the possibility of the NY Islanders moving to Brooklyn, plus the latest news on the other playoff clubs heading into today’s games.
THE TENNESSEAN/MLIVE.COM: The Nashville Predators eliminated the Detroit Red Wings in five games with a 2-1 victory considered a “statement game” for the Predators, while Red Wings coach Mike Babcock blamed his club’s first round exit on a lack of depth at forward. For more on the Red Wings, check out the “Rumors” section.
POST-GAZETTE.COM/PHILLY.COM: After being a sieve in the first four games of this series, Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was the game star, with 24 saves – 14 in the third period – backstopping his club to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, sending the series back to Philadelphia for Game Six.
AZCENTRAL.COM/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Up three games to one, the Phoenix Coyotes are one win away from defeating the Chicago Blackhawks and shedding their reputation for choking in the first round, while the Blackhawks could start Ray Emery over Corey Crawford in today’s crucial Game Five in Phoenix. Coyotes forward Raffi Torres, meanwhile, had his disciplinary hearing yesterday in New York, and a decision on his inevitable suspension for his reckless hit on Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa in Game Three is expected today.
CSNNE.COM/WASHINGTON POST: The Bruins will shuffle up their lineup in hopes of sparking their struggling offence, while the defensive system of Capitals coach Dale Hunter is being credited with keeping most of the Bruins best scorers off the board.
MIAMI HERALD/NJ.COM: With their series tied at 2, the Florida Panthers understand the need to win the crucial fifth game, while Devils rookie Adam Henrique has been named one of three finalists for the Calder Trophy.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers coach John Tortorella expects more from his scorers heading into Game Five against the Ottawa Senators. For more on the Senators, go to “Canadian Corner”.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The return of Daniel Sedin to the Vancouver Canucks lineup presents a complicated challenge to the Kings defense heading into Game Five. For more on the Canucks, check out “Canadian Corner”.
NEWSDAY: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman “blamed Nassau County and the Town of Hempstead for the state of the Nassau Coliseum and said the league is working with New York Islanders owner Charles Wang to consider other sites in the metropolitan area.” Bettman acknowledged Brooklyn’s new Barclay’s Center could be an option, but feels it won’t adequately suit the needs of the Islanders fan base.