Kings defeat Blues and take stranglehold on their series, Devils take 2-1 series lead over Flyers, the latest on the other playoff clubs, and an update on Marian Hossa.


Blues on verge of elimination as Elliott struggles.

LOS ANGELES TIMES/STLTODAY.COM: The LA Kings downed the St. Louis Blues 4-2 and took a daunting 3-0 series lead. While the Kings are on the verge of a series sweep, the Blues continue to struggle, especially goalie Brian Elliott, whose performance in this series bears no resemblance to that of the regular season and the first round against the Sharks.

NJ.COM/PHILLY.COM: Led by the return of Ilya Kovalchuk, the New Jersey Devils edged the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in overtime to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Defensive breakdowns continue to plague the Flyers, while Kovalchuk (1 goal, two assist) – playing with a herniated disc – silenced his critics with his strong performance.

THE TENNESSEAN/ARIZONA REPUBLIC: It’s possible the Nashville Predators could sit Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn again for Game Four, while Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres and the NHLPA intend to appeal his 25-game suspension for his questionable hit upon Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa, who is making slow progress in recovering from the concussion he suffered on that hit.

WASHINGTON POST/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Thanks to head coach Dale Hunter, the Washington Capitals are showing the mental toughness to overcome their heartbreaking triple OT loss to the NY Rangers in Game Three, while Rangers forward Chris Kreider has more than held his own since joining the club for the playoffs straight out of Boston College.