Rangers and Devils advance to Conference Semi-finals, remaining playoff teams prepare for upcoming round, concerns elements of “Dead Puck Era” are creeping back into the game, a thoughtful essay on the recent spate of dangerous hits, and much more.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves, as the NY Rangers defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in Game Seven of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, and will move on to meet the Washington Capitals in the next round. For news on the Senators, visit “Canadian Corner”.
NJ.COM/MIAMI HERALD: Adam Henrique scored early in the second overtime period as the Devils downed the Florida Panthers 3-2 in Game Seven. The Devils will meet the well-rest (perhaps too well-rested?) Philadelphia Flyers in what’s being called the “Turnpike Series“, while the Panthers heartbreaking defeat nevertheless capped a season which exceeded expectations.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC/THE TENNESSEAN: The Phoenix Coyotes hope to elevate their game against the NashvillePredators, whose starting goalie, Pekka Rinne, has been “in the zone” so far in this year’s playoffs.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Hall of Fame goalie and author Ken Dryden with a thoughtful essay on the recent spate of dangerous hits in the NHL playoffs, suggesting it’s up to the fans who love hockey to convince the NHL to crack down on this type of violent, dangerous hitting.
NATIONAL POST: Michael Traikos suggests elements of the “Dead Puck Era” seemed to be appearing in this year’s NHL playoffs. Over the past couple of years, I’ve noticed what appears to be more uncalled obstruction in the playoffs compared to previous years.
BOSTON GLOBE: Racist reaction toward Washington Capitals’ Joel Ward following his series-ending goal from a small group of Bruins fans via Twitter tarnished the end of the Bruins playoff run. The Bruins issued a statement condemning the actions of these few knuckleheads, whose views weren’t shared by most Bruins fans, while Ward refused to allow those comments to spoil his moment, because he’s a better person than those bigots.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Among the problem areas the Blackhawks hope to address in the off-season is their power-play.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets arena will undergo $5.5 million in upgrades which are expected to be ready in time for the 2013 All-Star Game.
NEWSDAY: Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner isn’t ruling out the possibility his venue could one day become the home of the NY Islanders.