Kings shut out Sharks, Penguins down Senators, Stars fire their head coach, Masterton Finalists announced, and more.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/MERCURYNEWS.COM: Slava Voynov scored one goal and set up another while Jonathan Quick made 35 saves as the LA Kings blanked the San Jose Sharks 2-0 to take 1-0 series lead. Sharks forward Raffi Torres might face supplemental discipline for a questionable hit on Kings forward Jarret Stoll.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE/OTTAWA CITIZEN: Special teams made the difference for the Pittsburgh Penguins in their 4-1 series-opening victory over the Ottawa Senators. The Penguins scored on two of their three power-plays, while their penalty-killers shut down all six of the Senators PP opportunities. The game was also notable for a big collision between Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik and Senators blueliner Eric Gryba which knocked the latter out of the game with an upper-body injury.
DETROIT NEWS/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Detroit Red Wings relish their role as the underdogs in their series against the Chicago Blackhawks, while Viktor Stalberg wasn’t skating with the Blackhawks top four forward lines for the third straight practice.
NEW YORK POST/BOSTON HERALD: Former Blue Jackets-turned-NY Rangers Derick Brassard, John Moore and Derek Dorsett have provided stability for the Blueshirts so far in the postseason. Boston Bruins young defensemen Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton delivered under duress for a short-handed Bruins defense corps in Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bartkowski and Hamilton could be required to step up against the NY Rangers if Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference remain hampered by injury.
WASHINGTON POST: Thomas Boswell believes the Capitals playoff tradition of early exits is getting old.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: But will they do anything about it?
NHL.COM: Sidney Crosby, Josh Harding and Adam McQuaid are this year’s finalists for the Masterton Trophy.
DALLAS STARS: yesterday announced the firing of Glen Gulutzan as head coach.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This move comes as no surprise. It was anticipated since the Stars hired Jim Nill as their new GM.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers forward and Calder Trophy nominee Jonathan Huberdeau underwent successful hip surgery and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in September.