Red Wings eliminated the Ducks, Leafs-Bruins and Capitals-Rangers going the distance, Blackhawks and Sharks prepare for their next opponents, and more.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Chicago Blackhawks are preparing to face the Red Wings in the conference semifinal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An impressive victory by an underdog Red Wings team and a bitter disappointment for a Ducks team considered a potential Cup contender this season.
TORONTO STAR/BOSTON GLOBE: Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel scored third period goals as the Toronto Maple Leafs held on for a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins, forcing the deciding seventh game tonight in Boston. James Reimer was again the hero for the Leafs, making 29 saves for the win.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Win or lose, the Leafs have given their fans a thrilling series and hope for the future. It was fitting that Phaneuf and Kessel, criticized by Leafs fans and pundits at times in this series, scored those goals. As for Reimer, those “Luongo to Toronto” rumors can be put to rest. The Leafs now have a playoff proven starting goalie.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/WASHINGTON POST: Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves as the New York Rangers blanked the Washington Capitals 1-0 to force the seventh and deciding game of the series tonight in Washington. The home team has won every game in this series thus far.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Should be fun to see if that trend continues. Lundqvist was outstanding again for the Rangers and they’ll need him to rise to the occasion again in Game 7.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Penguins star Evgeni Malkin wasn’t pleased with his performance against the NY Islanders and hopes to improve in his club’s conference semifinal against the Ottawa Senators.
CSN BAY AREA: The San Jose Sharks are preparing for their “Battle of California” series against the defending champion LA Kings.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Dwight King hopes to find the rhythm which made him so effective for the LA Kings in last year’s playoffs.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators hope Pekka Rinne, recovering from off-season hip surgery, can avoid the injury jinx which has affected previous Predators goalies.
TSN.CA: The family of the late Derek Boogaard has filed a wrongful death suit against the NHL.