Panthers clinch first playoff berth in 12 years, Flyers eliminate Sabres, Penguins down Rangers, Sharks get controversial win over Kings, Coyotes clinch playoff spot, Avalanche and Stars eliminated from contention, Red Wings and Predators jockey for fourth overall, Brodeur sets another record, and Blackhawks to start playoffs on the road.
MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers lost to the Washington Capitals 4-2, but thanks to the Philadelphia Flyers downing the Buffalo Sabres, clinched their first playoff spot in 12 years. It was a costly win for the Capitals, however, losing goalie Michal Neuvirth to a leg injury.
PHILLY.COM: The Flyers edged the Sabres 2-1 which eliminated the latter from playoff contention, but the Pittsburgh Penguins win over the NY Rangers ensured the Flyers won’t finish higher than fifth overall.
PITTSBURGHLIVE.COM: The Penguins’ 5-2 victory clinched the fourth overall seed for them, as Marc-Andre Fleury tied Tom Barrasso’s team record for most wins (226). The game was not without controversy, as Rangers coach John Tortorella ripped the Penguins post-game after Rangers center Derek Stepan was sidelined by a knee-on-knee hit from Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe’s controversial playing of the puck from the bench detracted from the Sharks 6-5 shoot out win over the Los Angeles Kings. Both teams clinched playoff berths in the game.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Stars loss clinched a playoff berth for the idle Phoenix Coyotes.
DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche’s playoff hopes were dashed with a 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
NEW YORK POST: The Detroit Red Wings hopes for the fourth seed in the Western Conference are dwindling following a 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils. Petr Sykora netted his 20th goal of the season, while Martin Brodeur surpassed Patrick Roy with his 14th 30-win season.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks will begin the playoffs on the road following a 2-1 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild.
Islanders win over the Jets, Ducks win over Oilers, Bruins win over Senators and Lightning loss to Maple Leafs covered in “Canadian Corner”.