Capitals draw even in their series with the Rangers; Devils-Flyers, Kings-Blues prepared to face off today, and updates on the Nashville Predators and Phoenix Coyotes.
WASHINGTON POST/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: A late penalty on NY Rangers forward Carl Hagelin set the stage for Mike Green’s game-winning power-play goal as the Washington Capitals went on to defeat the Rangers 3-2 and square their series at two games apiece heading back to New York for Game Five. This game wasn’t without controversy, as Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin left his feet to deliver a high hit to Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi. Ovechkin received a two-minute charging penalty but isn’t expected to receive supplemental discipline from the league.
NJ.COM/CSNPHILLY.COM: Long-time New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur celebrates his 40th birthday today as his team prepares to face the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Four of their series, one which the Flyers have been lacking energy and emotion. They especially need more from de factor leader Claude Giroux, who’s been silenced for the most part by the Devils defense.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/STLTODAY.COM: The LA Kings are on the verge of making team history while drawing comparisons to the 1993 version, which marched to the only Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise history. The St. Louis Blues, meanwhile, face long odds as they hope to not only stave off being swept, but rally back from an 0-3 series deficit.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC/THE TENNESSEAN: Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla faces an NHL hearing today for his hit on Nashville Predators Matt Halischuk during Game Four of the Coyotes-Predators series. It’s a good possibility, meanwhile, forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn will be back in the Predators lineup for Game Five on Monday, with the Predators down 3-1 in the series and facing elimination.