The Senators eliminate the Canadiens, the Blackhawks eliminate the Wild, the Penguins push the Islanders to the brink and more.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on what the off-season could bring for the Canadiens and Wild later today in my “Soapbox”.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW/NEWSDAY: Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves and Sidney Crosby scored a highlight-reel goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the NY Islanders 4-0, taking a 3-2 series lead and pushing the Isles to the brink of elimination as the series heads back to Long Island for Game Six on Saturday. The Islanders lost another player to injury, as center Frans Nielsen suffered a lower-body injury and is uncertain for Saturday’s game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins were a different team with a steady netminder between the pipes. For those few Penguins fans worried Marc-Andre Fleury will return in Game Six, put that silly notion out of your head. They’ll stick with Vokoun now for the rest of the series.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin failed to make a dent on the scoresheet during Games 3 and 4 of his club’s series against the NY Rangers.
NEW YORK POST: NY Rangers scoring star Rick Nash has yet to tally against the Capitals in this series.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: All eyes will turn upon these two for Game Five tonight.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: The spotlight is upon Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer as his club faces elimination in Game Five tonight against the Bruins in Boston.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs will win or lose as a team, but this is a prime opportunity for Reimer to make his mark as the Leafs starter.
BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins David Krejci is once again tearing it up in the postseason, currently leading all scorers with ten points.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Krejci’s one of those players who almost always seems to find an extra gear in the postseason. During the Bruins 2011 Cup run he was their leading scorer with 23 points in 25 games.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Ryan Getzlaf led his Ducks to victory in Game Five and looks to do the same tonight in Game Six against the Detroit Red Wings
DETROIT NEWS: The Wings young players must step up if the club is to avoid elimination by the Ducks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Even if the Wings fall to the Ducks, their young players have gained valuable experience in this series, which bodes well for this club’s future.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings ignore their bruises and put their focus on eliminating the St. Louis Blues tonight in Game Six.
STLTODAY.COM: Despite their consecutive losses against the Kings, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock is pleased with his club’s performance so far.
THE TENNESSEAN: Predators goalie Pekka Rinne underwent arthroscopic hip surgery and will spend four months in recovery. The Predators expect he’ll be ready to play when the club opens training camp in September.
BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres fired assistant coaches James Patrick and Kevyn Adams.
NHL.COM: The league is closing in on a new player transfer agreement with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), expected to be seven years in length.