Bruins crush the Leafs, Penguins blank the Islanders, Sharks take a bite out of the Canucks, plus the latest notable playoff news from around the NHL.
BOSTON GLOBE/TORONTO STAR: David Krejci (3 points) and Wade Redden (2 points) led the way as the Boston Bruins crushed the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 to take Game One of their best-of-seven series. Bruin Andrew Ference got away with a sneaky elbow to the head of Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski but it doesn’t appear he’ll face supplemental discipline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite giving up an early goal, the Bruins dominated the listless Leafs, who had more turnovers than Pillsbury last night.
MERCURYNEWS.COM/VANCOUVER PROVINCE.: Logan Couture and Dan Boyle each had a goal and an assist as the San Jose Sharks downed the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven conference quarterfinal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Roberto Luongo’s critics cannot hang this loss on him. “Bobby Lu” was superb as the surprise starter in this game, but his teammates let him down.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE/NEWSDAY: Pascal Dupuis scored twice, Beau Bennett got his first playoff goal, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves for the shutout as the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the NY Islanders 5-0 in Game One of their best-of-seven opening round series.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Few are giving the Islanders a chance in this series. I’m among them, though I expect we’ll see a better effort from the Isles throughout the remainder of this series.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/TWINCITIES.COM: The usually freewheeling Chicago Blackhawks temper their style against the Minnesota Wild’s defensive game, while the Wild are confident going with backup Josh Harding if starter Niklas Backstrom remains sidelined.
DETROIT NEWS/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock could tweak his roster for Game Two against the Anaheim Ducks, while Ducks center Andrew Cogliano can rest easier after making his playoff debut in Game One of the Ducks-Red Wings series.
CBCSPORTS.CA: Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean offers up his opinion on women reporters (and reporter in general) in dressing rooms after his colleague Don Cherry created a media frenzy for saying women reporters shouldn’t be allowed in dressing rooms.
ESPN.COM: Criticized during his career for not playing through concussions, Eric Lindros is now considered a trailblazer for bring attention to the consequences of those injuries.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Marian Gaborik will undergo abdominal surgery and will miss the upcoming World Hockey Championships.