The Bruins lose and fall to fourth overall in the Eastern Conference, the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule is announced, the Stars fire GM Joe Nieuwendyk, the Avalanche fire head coach Joe Sacco, and more.
BOSTON HERALD: In the final regular season game of this shortened NHL sesason, the Bruins fell to fourth overall in the Eastern Conference with a 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The loss also means the Bruins will face the Toronto Maple Leafs in the opening round, while the Senators meet the Montreal Canadiens. The Pittsburgh Penguins will face the NY Islanders, and the NY Rangers tangle with the Washington Capitals.
NHL.COM: The league has released its schedule for the opening round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which opens April 30 with the Chicago Blackhawks facing the Minnesota Wild, the Detroit Red Wings meeting the Anaheim Ducks, and the defending Cup champion LA Kings facing the St. Louis Blues.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: has a nice interactive NHL Stanley Cup Playoff bracket.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: According to this, those hockey fans dreaming of a Canadiens-Maple Leafs playoff match-up would have to wait for the Eastern Conference Final…provided those two clubs make it that far.
DALLAS STARS: yesterday officially confirmed firing Joe Nieuwendyk as general manager. It’s expected he’ll be replaced by Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Renaud Lavoie of RDS reported last night he was told head coach Glen Gulutzan could also lose his job this week. Don’t like how the Stars ownership has handled this situation. If you’re going to replace the GM and the coach, that’s your prerogative, but don’t leave them twisting in the wind.
DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche yesterday announced the firing of Joe Sacco as head coach. No word yet as to his replacement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: VP of hockey operations Eric Lacroix also stepped down yesterday. It’s believed team president Pierre Lacroix and GM Greg Sherman will retain their jobs.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks goaltenders Corey Crawford and Ray Emery have won the Jennings Trophy for giving up a league-low 102 goals this season. It’s the first time a Blackhawks goalie has won the Jennings since Ed Belfour in 1994-95.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Coincidentally, the last season Belfour won it was also a lock0ut-shortened season.
COURIER-POST: Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren confirms he won’t be firing head coach Peter Laviolette and won’t overhaul his roster or system. Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, meanwhile, took the opportunity to lash out at his critics in the Philadelphia media.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The contract statuses of Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney and head coach Dave Tippett could prompt a resolution to the club’s ownership situation. Their current contracts will expire on June 30.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne will spend the off-season recovering from a nagging injury which hampered his performance this season.