Game recaps, updates on Jakub Voracek, Dan Girardi, Antoine Vermette, Tom Wilson and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
Game Recaps and Playoff Headlines.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/TRIBLIVE.COM: Derick Brassard and Ryan McDonagh scored to lead the New York Ranger to a 2-1 victory and a 1-0 series lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was a costly win for the Rangers, as defenseman Dan Girardi left the game after being struck in the face by a puck. The only update thus far is the dentist was examining Girardi. Penalties proved costly for the Penguins, who were shorthanded five times, setting the stage for McDonagh’s game-winning goal.
THE DETROIT NEWS/THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Petr Mrazek made 44 saves backstopping the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 series-opening win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Pavel Datsyuk scored twice and Luke Glendening tallied shorthanded. Ben Bishop made only 11 saves while Brian Boyle and Nikita Nestorov scored for the Wings.
TWINCITIES.COM/STLTODAY.COM: Two late empty-net goals sealed a 4-2 victory for the Minnesota Wild in Game One of their opening-round series against the St. Louis Blues. Zach Parise and Jason Pominville enjoyed two-point performances for the Wild, while Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk collected two assists.
Note: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/THE TENNESSEAN: The Chicago Blackhawks will return with starter Corey Crawford for Game Two of their series against the Nashville Predators, whose younger players gained some valuable experience from their series-opening double-overtime loss in Game One. Blackhawks center Antoine Vermette is expected to once again be a healthy.
NEWSDAY/CSNWASHINGTON.COM: The New York Islanders aren’t taking their dominant series-opening win over the Washington Capitals lightly. Capitals winger Tom Wilson (concussion) hopes to return to the lineup for Game Two against the Isles.
Other Notable Headlines.
PHILLY.COM: Jakub Voracek’s stellar performance this season could make for an intriguing financial situation for the Flyers. Do they re-sign Voracek to a long-term extension now, or will Voracek and his agent wait until later next season to net a bigger contract?
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Erie Otters superstar and projected 2015 NHL first-overall draft pick Connor McDavid will be on hand at Sportsnet studios for the result of the NHL draft lottery on April 18. The lottery winner is expected to be announced shortly after 8 pm ET on Saturday.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: If the Arizona Coyotes win the draft lottery it could save the club’s future in Arizona.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s what I suggested a month ago.
NBC SPORTS: Former NHL forward Samuel Pahlsson has announced his retirement. He played in 798 NHL games with the Boston Bruins, Anaheim Ducks (winning a Stanley Cup with them in 2007), Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks from 2000-01 to 2011-12. He spent the past three seasons playing for MODO in Sweden.