Game recaps, Jets and Ducks prepare for Winnipeg’s first NHL playoff game in 19 years plus updates on the Oilers and Maple Leafs.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/OTTAWA CITIZEN: Dale Weise scored the game-tying and overtime goals to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators, taking a commanding 3-0 series lead. The loss spoiled an otherwise impressive 47-save performance by Senators goalie Craig Anderson. The Canadiens can close out the series with a win in Game Four on Wednesday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A tough loss for Anderson, who played very well but got beaten short side on Weise’s goal, and for the Senators in general. They are now in a deep hole in this series, one which only four teams in NHL playoff history have ever overcome.
CALGARY HERALD/THE PROVINCE: Youngsters Sam Bennett and Sean Monahan tallied their first NHL playoff goals to lead the Calgary Flames to a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks, taking a 2-1 lead in their best-of seven series. Like Game Two, this one got rough late in the third period, which saw Canucks Kevin Bieksa and Alex Burrows tangle in fights with Flames Michael Ferland and Kris Russell. Burrows could face a one-game suspension for drawing an instigator penalty with less than five minutes remaining in the game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of all the opening-round series, the Canucks-Flames matchup is certainly the most spirited thus far. These two clubs have brought the hate to this series. I expect the officials will be calling Game Four very closely to ensure no further scraps take place.
WINNIPEG SUN/ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Winnipeg Jets and Anaheim Ducks anticipate a very loud crowd at the MTS Centre tonight as their best-of-seven series shifts to Winnipeg for Games Three and Four. This marks the return of NHL playoff hockey to Winnipeg for the first time since 1996. The Ducks currently lead the series 2-0.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Don’t expect Connor McDavid to “pull a Lindros” and not report to the Edmonton Oilers when they select him with the first-overall pick at the 2015 NHL Draft on June 26.
TORONTO SUN: With the first fourteen positions in the 2015 NHL Draft now decided, the Maple Leafs can focus on the player they’ll select with the fourth-overall pick.