Bruins eliminate the Red Wings, Kings stave off elimination again, Avalanche and Penguins take 3-2 leads in their respective series, plus updates on the other playoff clubs.
BOSTON HERALD/DETROIT NEWS: Milan Lucic’s early third-period goal proved the winner as the Boston Bruins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 to take their best-of-seven divisional semifinal four games to one. The Bruins will meet the Montreal Canadiens in the divisional finals.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/MERCURYNEWS.COM: For the second straight game the Los Angeles Kings staved off elimination, as Jonathan Quick turned in a 30-save shutout backstopping the Kings to a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks still hold a 3-2 series lead, but they lost defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to an undisclosed injury which could keep him out of Game Six on Monday.
TRIBLIVE.COM/COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Chris Kunitz had a two-point performance as the Pittsburgh Penguins played their most complete game of their divisional semifinal against the Columbus Blue Jackets, downing the latter 3-1 to take a 3-2 series lead.
DENVER POST/TWINCITIES.COM: P.A. Parenteau’s late game-tying goal set the stage for Nathan MacKinnon’s overtime winner as the Colorado Avalanche edged the Minnesota Wild 4-3 to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of -seven divisional semifinal.
STLTODAY.COM/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: With the St. Louis Blues on the brink of playoff elimination, the Blues need goalie Ryan Miller to step up in Game Six. Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook returns from his three-game suspension in Game Six.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/PHILLY.COM: The New York Rangers could dress forward J.T. Miller for Game Six to boost their offense, while the Philadelphia Flyers will replace the injured Nick Grossmann with Todd Gill for Game Six.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars forward Ryan Garbutt was fined over $1,400.00 for spearing Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry but he won’t be suspended for their Game Six matchup tonight.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s about the fourth incident of spearing in the first round of this year’s playoffs, and the third for spearing an opponent in the groin. Guess that’s become the “new normal” in the NHL. You probably have to disembowel an opponent before you get suspended for spearing in the playoffs.