The Devils force a seventh game with the Panthers, Capitals and Bruins prepare for Game Seven tonight, updates on the other NHL playoff teams, and more.


Kovalchuk celebrates Zajac's OT winner.

NJ.COM/MIAMI HERALD: Ilya Kovalchuk set up Travis Zajac for the overtime winner to give his New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory in Game Six over the Florida Panthers, forcing a seventh and deciding game back in Florida. Panthers GM Dale Tallon, meanwhile, is among the three finalists for NHL general manager of the year.

WASHINGTON POST/BOSTON HERALD: A look at potential keys to Game Seven victory for the Capitals over the Bruins tonight, while Bruins coach Claude Julien has given injured center Patrice Bergeron the green light to play in Game Seven.

NEW YORK POST: Rangers rookie forward Chris Kreider impressed Rangers head coach John Tortorella with his play in Game Six against the Ottawa Senators. For the latest Senators news, head to “Canadian Corner”.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros (back surgery) has begun skating with the club, though he’s expected to be another three weeks away from rejoining the club. Nicklas Grossmann(concussion) has begun skating on his own, and it’s possible he might be ready to rejoin the lineup for Game One of their Conference Semifinal series.

STLTODAY.COM/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Previews of the upcoming Conference Semi-final series between the Blues and Kings. Blues GM Doug Armstrong, meanwhile, is among the finalists for GM of the year.

THE TENNESSEAN/ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Nashville Predators prepare to face a tight-knit Phoenix Coyotes teams. Predators GM David Poile was among the finalists for GM of the Year.

POST-GAZETTE.COM: Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik shed some light on the status of the upcoming CBA talks between the NHLPA and NHL. Orpik, the Penguins PA rep, remains hopeful the negotiations won’t be as difficult this time as they were eight years ago, which resulted in a season-killing lockout. He said there’s been “quite a few meetings” which nearly the entire team attended, though it wasn’t publicized, and added there’s been more communication and optimism between the two sides than most people think.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  I’ve said for months the climate between the two sides is very different than the poisonous one eight years ago. Though there are some contentious issues to be resolved, they’re not as divisive as those in the past. Both sides seem keen to get a deal done as quickly as possible, and Orpik’s words should provide some optimism for those observers fearful of another NHL labor war.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture will undergo surgery to repair a two-year-old shoulder injury which gradually worsened.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Should the Stars consider changing their colors?