Capitals defeat Rangers to force Game Seven, the latest on the Kings, Coyotes and Devils, and more.


Capitals celebrate Ovechkin's game-opening goal in Game Six.

WASHINGTON TIMES/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Washington Capitals penalty kill was key in their 2-1 victory over the NY Rangers, who went 0-5 with the man-advantage. The Capitals victory ties the series and forces a seventh and deciding game back in New York on Saturday, where Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin – who has regained his offensive form in this series – could become the difference maker.

LOS ANGELES TIMES/ARIZONA REPUBLIC: LA Kings Justin Williams, Dustin Penner, Rob Scuderi and Colin Fraser – who’ve won Stanley Cup titles with other teams – hope to help their teammates cope with playoff pressure. The Phoenix Coyotes blueline, meanwhile, has been stepping up through adversity this spring.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: New Jersey Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky was shaken up in Game Five against the Philadelphia Flyers. The club has not released information on his injury and Zidlicky has not spoken to the press. If he’s sidelined for a significant period, it could be a serious blow to their defense in the upcoming Eastern Conference Final.

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek recently underwent successful hip surgery and is expected to be ready for the 2012-13 season.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars have hired former Stars GM Bob Gainey as a consultant.