Game recaps plus the latest on Henrik Lundqvist, Logan Couture, Alexander Semin, Bryce Salvador and more.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Viktor Fasth made 24 saves as the Anaheim Ducks blanked the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 to clinch the Pacific Division crown.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: The injury-riddled Pittsburgh Penguins won their seventh in a row, downing the Ottawa Senators 3-1. It was the Penguins 22nd win in their last 24 games, and marked head coach Dan Bylsma’s 200th career win and goalie Tomas Vokoun’s 300th career win.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks saw their 11-game points streak snapped as they fell 3-1 to the Vancouver Canucks.
MLIVE.COM: Jimmy Howard’s goaltending and special team play were crucial as the Detroit Red Wings kept their playoff hopes alive with a 4-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.
NEW YORK POST: The Rangers have no plans to rest goalie Henrik Lundqvist over the final week of the regular season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nor should they! The Rangers haven’t clinched a playoff berth yet, and to do it, they’ll need Lundqvist between the pipes.
CSN BAY AREA: Logan Couture has become part of the San Jose Sharks leadership group.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect Couture will one day become captain of the Sharks.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes fans and media are discovering Alexander Semin is difficult to know.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Semin is a very private person who doesn’t like to speak with the press. Still, he seems rejuvenated since joining the Hurricanes.
NJ.COM: Devils captain Bryce Salvador won’t require surgery (for now) on his injury hand, but he won’t be returning this season.
THE SPORTING NEWS: NY Islanders defenseman Radek Martinek on his return from potentially career-ending concussions.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers defenseman Kent Huskins (concussion) could return to the lineup before season’s end.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers promising center Nick Bjugstad is adjusting to live in the NHL after making the jump this season from the NCAA.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators will miss the playoffs, but their fans haven’t abandoned them.