The Capitals eliminate the defending champion Bruins, the Rangers and Senators, Panthers and Devils gear up for their respective Game Sevens, and more.


Ward celebrates series-winning goal.

WASHINGTON POST/BOSTON HERALD: Joel Ward’s goal less than three minutes into overtime gave the Washington Capitals a 2-1 Game Seven victory over the Boston Bruins, upsetting the defending Cup champions in seven games. The series also set a record as the first seven-game series to have every game decided by one game.

NJ.COM/SUN-SENTINEL.COM: As Devils veteran goalie Martin Brodeur prepares for his tenth career Game 7, the Panthers hope home ice gives them an advantage in tonight’s “winner-take-all” game.

NEW YORK POST: Rangers scoring star Marian Gaborik understands the spotlight could be heaviest upon him in tonight’s seventh and deciding game at home against the Ottawa Senators. For more on the Senators, visit “Canadian Corner”.

PHILLY.COM: For a change, the Flyers have the blueline depth in the post-season to off-set injuries.

STLTODAY.COM/LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Blues believe their forward depth should give them an edge in their upcoming Conference semifinal series against the LA Kings, while the coaches of both clubs have much in common.

AZCENTRAL.COM/THE TENNESSEAN: With the Phoenix Suns out of the NBA playoffs, this could be the Phoenix Coyotes time to shine in their market, while Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is among the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, joining the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist and the Kings’ Jonathan Quick.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has turned the page on his time with the Kings and looks forward to playing with the Blue Jackets.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres announced an increase in ticket prices for next season, as well as elimination of outdoor smoking areas. That’ll go down well with Sabres fans.