Bruins rally to eliminate Maple Leafs, Rangers blank Capitals to advance, NHL second round schedule released and more.
BOSTON GLOBE/NATIONAL POST: The Boston Bruins rallied from a 4-1 deficit with three unanswered third period goals , then won in overtime 5-4 over the Toronto Maple Leafs to take their best-of-seven series 4 games to 3. Patrice Bergeron was the hero for the Bruins, scoring the tying and winning goals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have comments on the Leafs collapse in my “Canadian Corner” section. Kudos to the Bruins for never quitting after falling behind 4-1 early in the third period. The Bruins may not be as strong as they were two years ago when they marched to the Stanley Cup, but there’s still a lot of character and leadership on that team.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/WASHINGTON POST: Henrik Lundqvist got his second straight shutout backstopping the New York Rangers to a 5-0 spanking of the Washington Capitals to win their best-of-seven series 4 games to 3.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Underwhelming is the kindest word to describe the Capitals performance in that game. They folded like a tent. Lundqvist became the first goalie since Dominik Hasek to record consecutive shutouts in Games 6 and 7, and is playing like a man on a mission. He and his Rangers will now face the Bruins in the second round, the first time these two teams have faced each other in the playoffs in 40 years.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/MERCURYNEWS.COM: The Los Angeles Kings will be healthier than they were the last time they faced the Sharks in a playoff series, while the absence of the pressure of high expectations could work in the San Jose Sharks favor this spring.
CSNCHICAGO.COM/DETROIT FREE PRESS: With the Detroit Red Wings moving to the Eastern Conference next season, this is the last hurrah for their rivalry with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Red Wings, meanwhile, need more production from Valtteri Filppula.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: The Penguins must contain Ottawa Senators star Erik Karlsson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Insert snide comment about Matt Cooke and Achilles tendon here.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The complete schedule for the NHL’s Conference Semifinals.
AZCENTRAL.COM: Mikkel Boedker’s off-season goal is to get meaner for next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word if that means he’ll spend the summer staring in a mirror practicing his “war face”.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers take on Broward County over their scoreboard.