Coyotes eliminate Blackhawks, Rangers force Game Seven against Senators, updates on other playoff clubs, the Hurricanes re-sign Jiri Tlusty, and more.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC/CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Phoenix Coyotes shut out the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 to win their first playoff series since 1987, when they were the original Winnipeg Jets. Coyotes goalie Mike Smith made 37 saves for his first career playoff shutout. The Coyotes won the series in six games, but paid a heavy physical price. The blindside hit by Coyotes forward Raffi Torres upon Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa in Game Three is considered the series’ turning point by some Blackhawks.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers hung on to a 3-2 lead to down the Ottawa Senators and force a seventh and deciding game on Thursday. The game wasn’t without controversy, as the Senators second goal in the dying seconds infuriated Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. For more on the Senators, head to “Canadian Corner’.
CSNNE.COM: Injured Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, who was yesterday named among the three finalists for the Selke Trophy, intends to play in Game Seven Wednesday against the Washington Capitals.
WASHINGTON POST: While the Capitals players claim they’re looking forward to Game Seven, their fans are less excited, given the team’s history in previous Game Sevens.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/STLTODAY.COM: A preview of the Kings-Blues series, in which Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak is expected to remain sidelined for the opening two games. Blues forward David Backes, meanwhile, is among the finalists for the Selke Trophy.
NJ.COM/SUNSENTINEL.COM: Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk insists his club, down 3-2 and facing elimination, isn’t done yet, while the Panthers hope to wrap up this series against a desperate Devils team tonight.
PHILLY.COM: Young Flyers Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, Matt Read and Erik Gustafsson came of age in their club’s 4-2 series victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators are dealing with their long break between series with practices, while awaiting their opponent in the next round, which they learned last night will be the Phoenix Coyotes.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is once again a finalist for the Selke Trophy. Team captain Nicklas Lidstrom, however, was overlooked for the Lady Byng.
NEWSDAY: Brett Yormack, the CEO of Brooklyn’s Barclay Center, made the case for his venue to become the potentially future home of the NY Islanders.
RALEIGH NEWS AND OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes last night announced the re-signing of forward Jiri Tlusty to a two-year, $3.2 million contract, paying him $1.5 million next season and $1.7 million in 2013-14. the average cap hit will be $1.6 million per season.