Devils defeat Rangers & are poised to win Eastern Conference Final, updates on the Kings and Coyotes, and more.


Carter and Gionta celebrate game-winning goal.

NJ.COM/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The New Jersey Devils blew a 3-0 lead but a late third period goal by Ryan Carter and an empty-netter by Zach Parise ultimately gave them a 5-3 victory over a determined NY Rangers team. Devils fourth liner Stephen Gionta was one of the game heroes, opening the scoring and assisting on Carter’s goal. The win gave the Devils a 3-2 series lead and a chance to eliminate the Rangers in Game Six on Friday.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Over 4,000 fans turned up at LAX to welcome home the Los Angeles Kings following their 4-3 overtime series victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday night. The Kings will now wait until May 30th for the start of the Stanley Cup Final, where they’ll face either the New Jersey Devils or NY Rangers.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Phoenix Coyotes will clean out their lockers today and give their end-of-season interviews before heading off into the off-season, proud of their accomplishments this season, and hopeful they’ll finally have a new team owner who’ll keep them in Glendale.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Taxpayer watchdog The Goldwater Institute warned the Glendale City Council regarding a proposed arena-management fee for the Jamison Group, which hopes to purchase the Coyotes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Essentially, everything hinges on the arena management fee, because if it doesn’t pass muster with the Goldwater Institute, the deal to sell the club to Jamison and his investors falls through, meaning the Coyotes could end up sold and relocated this summer.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues assistant coach Scott Mellanby is moving on to explore other career opportunities. Speculation has appeared suggesting he could join the Montreal Canadiens in a front office role.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild signed Finnish prospect Mikael Granlund to an entry level contract.