Kings rout the Ducks to advance to the Western Conference Final, the Penguins search for a new GM has begun, the Conference Final schedule is released and more.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: First period goals by Justin Williams, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards lifted the LA Kings to a 6-2 rout of the Anaheim Ducks, winning their division final in seven games. The Kings advance to face the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final. The game was likely the last for long-time Ducks star Teemu Selanne, who was honored by teammates and the Kings alike following the game.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks prepare to face the Kings in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference Final. Although the Blackhawks defeated the Kings in each of their regular season games this season, they’re understand that’s meaningless now.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Dave Molinari reports the Penguins’ search for a replacement for fired GM Ray Shero is underway. Whoever it is will determine the fate of head coach Dan Bylsma. Gene Collier reports Penguins ownership say it’s absolutely possible Bylsma could stay on as head coach.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Rob Rossi has a look at some potential candidates to replace Shero, including interim GM Jason Botterill.
NHL.COM: The schedules for the Conference Finals have been released.
BOSTON GLOBE: Milan Lucic remains unapologetic for his actions in the handshake line following Game Seven between the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson has signed with KHL team Avangard Omsk.“I spoke with Erik and he informed me that he does, in fact, have a deal in place to play overseas,” general manager Ron Hextall said. “Although we are disappointed in his decision, we wish him all the best.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers will retain Gustafsson’s NHL rights.