Devils rookie Henrique making a name for himself, Kings to keep a close eye on their sticks, updates on Marian Gaborik, Summit Series hero battles leukemia, and more.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique has been as impressive in this year’s playoffs as he was during the season.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings will be keeping a close watch on their sticks in this Stanley Cup Final. The last time the Kings were in the Cup Final, in 1993, that series turned on an illegal stick penalty to defenseman Marty McSorley, allowing the Montreal Canadiens to eventually win Game Two and the Stanley Cup three games later.
NEWSDAY: NY Rangers forward Marian Gaborik played through most of the post-season with a shoulder injury, the seriousness of which has yet to be revealed.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gaborik was pilloried in the press for his poor play and what was perceived as a lackadaisical attitude in this year’s post-season. A shoulder injury, especially if it was serious, would explain why his offensive production declined as the playoffs went on. It would also illustrate, once again, that when a high-scoring player struggles in the post-season, it’s usually because he’s nursing an injury, not lacking in desire or determination. Don’t expect Gaborik’s critics to apologize if it does turn out he was seriously hurt.
ESPN.COM: Rangers coach John Tortorella suggested 24-year-old Blueshirts defenseman Michael Sauer is questionable to return to the lineup for the start of next season. Sauer missed the second half of the season and the playoffs because of a concussion suffered in December.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers Claude Giroux and Daniel Briere still lead all playoff scorers in goals (8), even though they’ve been out of the playoffs for three weeks. That’s due to a combination of the Flyers running up big offensive numbers in their opening round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as the more defensive play of both Conference Finals.
OTTAWA SUN: Summit Series hero Paul Henderson continues his battle with leukemia. While his symptoms appear to be worsening, Henderson continues to count his blessings. Here’s hoping Henderson can overcome this life-threatening disease.