Kings stave off elimination, Bruins take significant series lead, Wild tie their series with Avalanche, plus updates on other playoff teams and more.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/MERCURYNEWS.COM: Marian Gaborik and Justin Williams each scored twice as the Los Angeles Kings avoided elimination with a 6-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks. The series returns to San Jose with the Sharks up three games to one.
BOSTON GLOBE/DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg returned to action following back surgery in February, but was unable to prevent his club falling 3-2 in overtime to the Boston Bruins. The series shifts back to Boston with the Bruins holding a commanding 3-1 series lead.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wings played perhaps their best game of this series, but the Bruins are just too strong. While this series isn’t over yet, that Game Four loss may have crushed the Wings’ spirit.
TWINCITIES.COM/DENVER POST: Goals by Jared Spurgeon and Charlie Coyle were all the Minnesota Wild needed to edge the Colorado Avalanche 2-1, tying their series at two games apiece returning to Denver for Game Five.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH/TRIBLIVE.COM: Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky has done a fine job so far shutting down Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma called out his players ( especially Crosby and Evgeni Malkin) for their poor play in this series against the Blue Jackets. He was also critical of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for his behind-the-net gaffe late in the third period of Game Four which robbed the Penguins of the chance to take a 3-1 series lead.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bylsma’s comments will either motivate his team to play better or send them into a funk. While Crosby has managed four assists in this series, Dubinsky’s checking has limited the effectiveness of the Penguins captain.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/STLTODAY.COM: Blackhawks star and reigning Conn Smythe winner Patrick Kane has returned to his scoring form just in time, while Blues captain David Backes (concussion) didn’t take part in Thursday’s option skate.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t expect to see Backes suiting up for the Blues in Game Five.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf (jaw injury) will be a game-day decision for Game 5, while the Stars are close to icing a fully-healthy roster for the first time in this series.
TSN.CA: Patrick Bergeron, Anze Kopitar and Jonathan Toews are your finalists for the 2014 Selke Trophy.
NEWSDAY: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman claims interest is high in buying the New York Islanders.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The club’s move to Barclays Center in Brooklyn at the end of next season likely has a lot to do with that interest.