Game recaps, Penguins teetering on brink of elimination, Sabres “clinch” 30th overall, the latest on Kris Letang, Martin St. Louis, Andrew Shaw and more.
NEWSDAY: Jaroslav Halak made 37 saves backstopping the New York Islanders to a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was a costly win, as Isles defenseman Travis Hamonic to a suspected right-knee injury. The Islanders will face the Washington Capitals in the opening round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, though home-ice advantage in this series has yet to be determined.
POST-GAZETTE: The Penguins loss to the Islanders leaves them on the brink of being eliminated from playoff contention. To clinch a playoff spot, the Penguins must either defeat the Buffalo Sabres tonight, or the Boston Bruins lose tonight against Tampa Bay, or they lose to the Sabres in overtime/shootout and the Ottawa Senators lose in regulation to the Philadelphia Flyers.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The Penguins received bad news on Friday, as defenseman Kris Letang (concussion) is likely out for the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Today will be a crucial one for the Penguins, Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins. One of those three clubs will be outside the playoff picture when the regular season schedule concludes tonight.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Cam Atkinson tallied the game-winning goal as the Columbus Blue Jackets downed the Buffalo Sabres 4-2.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres loss to the Blue Jackets ensures they finish this season with the league’s worst record, which also ensures they’ll end up with the first- or second-overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, depending on the results of the draft lottery on April 18.
CBS SPORTS: cites a New York Post interview with New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis, who said he’d like to return next season and finish his NHL career as a Ranger. St. Louis, 39, is coming off a multiyear deal earning over $5.6 million per season. He’ll have to accept a pay cut to remain with the Blueshirts.
STLTODAY.COM: Sidelined Blues Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko and Robert Bortuzzo will return to the roster for the club’s final game today.
NBC SPORTS: Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw was fined $2,000.00 for diving/embellishment.
HOBEYBAKER.COM: Boston University freshman Jack Eichel is the 2015 winner of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Sharks assistant coach Larry Robinson is approaching his “swan song” as an NHL coach. He will be moving back to Florida after this season to be closer to his grandchildren. He will continue to work in development with the Sharks.