Blackhawks thump the Wild, Rangers edge the Penguins, Kings and Ducks prepare for the opening game of their series and more.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/TWINCITIES.COM: Patrick Kane and Brian Bickell both scored twice while Marian Hossa had a three-point game as the Chicago Blackhawks thumped the Minnesota 5-2 in Game 1 of their divisional final. One of Kane’s goals was a highlight-reel “Showtime!” backhand tally.
DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog will skip the upcoming World Championships owing to a hand injury suffered during the Avalanche-Wild series.
NOTE: News involving the Boston Bruins-Montreal Canadiens series appears in “Canadian Corner”.