Penguins shut out Rangers again, Kings widen series lead over the Ducks, updates on the Blackhawks and Wild, Hurricanes fire their coach, and more.
TRIBLIVE.COM/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Sidney Crosby ended his scoring drought while Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves for his second straight shutout as the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the New York Rangers 3-0. The Penguins take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven division final. One reason for the Rangers’ struggles is their woeful power play, scoring only three times (all against their first-round opponent, the Flyers) in 41 attempts.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nobody expected Fleury to get back-to-back shutouts. He’s starting to silence his critics.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Jonathan Quick made 36 saves backstopping the out-shot Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks, giving the Kings a 2-0 series lead. As in Game 1, the Ducks controlled much of the play but Quick was once against at his best.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks now face a must-win in Game 3 or risk falling into a deep series deficit.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw (lower-body injury) will miss Game 3 against the Minnesota Wild, but could be ready to play for Game 4.
TWINCITIES.COM: Despite being down 2-0 in their series against the Blackhawks, the Wild feel confident they can get back into the series.
NOTE: News from the Boston Bruins-Montreal Canadiens series can be found in “Canadian Corner”.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes yesterday announced the firing of head coach Kirk Muller. GM Ron Francis said he’ll be looking for a coach who’s a teacher.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James reports free agents Todd Bertuzzi, David Legwand and likely Kyle Quincey won’t be re-signed by the Red Wings. They’re still awaiting word on Daniel Alfredsson’s plans, while Daniel Cleary is likely to move into a front office job. The Wings also got some good news regarding Pavel Datsyuk’s left knee inflammation, as it appears he won’t require surgery.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley cites reports claiming there’s mutual interest between Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and Wayne Gretzky about creating a front office position for the latter, possibly as their team president.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Would Gretzky have an actual hand in running the team? Or would he be merely a figurehead?
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Formers Sabres GM Darcy Regier is on the Phoenix Coyotes’ radar for their vacant assistant GM role.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Former Philadelphia Flyers winger Ross Lonsberry has died of cancer in Los Angeles at the age of 67. Lonsberry played sixteen NHL seasons from 1966-67 to 1980-81 with Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. He was part of the Flyers two Stanley Cup championship teams in 1974 and 1975. He retired with 256 goals and 566 points in 968 regular season games, plus 46 points in 100 playoff games.