Flyers force Game Seven with the Rangers, Kings look to make history against the Sharks, Avalanche and Wild prepare for Game 7, and much more.
PHILLY.COM/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Wayne Simmonds had a hat trick as the Philadelphia Flyers chased Henrik Lundqvist from the New York Rangers net on route to a 5-2 Game 6 victory, forcing a seventh and deciding game tonight in New York. The Flyers also learned defenseman Nick Grossmann underwent ankle tendon surgery and is out eight-ten weeks.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: The Los Angeles Kings hope to make history by becoming the fourth team in NHL history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit and win a best-of-seven series. The Sharks need their veteran players to step up if they’re to avoid embarrassment.
DENVER POST/TWINCITIES.COM: The Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild meet for their seventh and deciding game in their divisional semifinal tonight in Denver. Avs center Matt Duchene, who made his series debut in Game 6 could center a line between Ryan O’Reilly and P.A. Parenteau.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks won’t say it, but they would probably prefer facing the Minnesota Wild in the next round.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Be careful what you wish for.
NJ.COM: Jaromir Jagr’s agent confirmed his client is close to agreeing to a new one-year deal worth approximately $5 million, and with bonuses could be worth $6 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The deal hasn’t been finalized or officially announced yet, but it shouldn’t be a surprise. Jagr was the Devils’ leading scorer this season and indicated a willingness to return next season.
SPORTSNET.CA: A report out of Russia claims Anaheim Ducks winger Teemu Selanne would consider joining Finnish club Jokerit next season to finish out his playing career where it began. Jokerit will be joining the KHL next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think that would be a nice way for Selanne to finish up his career, provided Jokerit is willing to sign him.
DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is under no rush to sign a lengthy contract extension. He’ll be entering the final year of his contract next season and said he’s comfortable with his situation, claiming he’s unconcerned about it. “I’m real comfortable with the owner (Mike Ilitch), with the manager (Ken Holland), and that’s not a concern for me one bit.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect Babcock and the Wings will work something out in due course. There’s no dissatisfaction over his coaching nor does he sound like he wants to move on.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets hope to re-sign coach Todd Richards and his assistant coaches to long-term extensions.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the season the Blue Jackets had and their solid performance against the Penguins in their opening-round series, I don’t blame management for wanting to lock up the coaching staff long term.
BOSTON GLOBE: Injured Bruins Daniel Paille and Dennis Seidenberg participated in Bruins practice. Of the pair, Paille is expected back when the Bruins opening their divisional final against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seidenberg (knee surgery) isn’t close to returning yet as he continues rehabbing his knee.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Rich Peverley (heart condition) expressed optimism over his recovery but isn’t sure how his body will respond to off-season training.
MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers fired interim coach Peter Horachek yesterday. It’s believed former NHL coaches Peter Laviolette and Barry Trotz are on the wish list of Panthers GM Dale Tallon.