Lightning eliminate the Red Wings, updated second-round NHL playoff schedule released, Hart Trophy finalists announced and more.
Playoff Recaps and Headlines.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE/THE DETROIT NEWS/MLIVE.COM: Braydon Coburn scored the game-winning goal and Ben Bishop made 31 saves backstopping the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-0 blanking in Game Seven of their best-of-seven series against the Detroit Red Wings. The Lightning overcame a 3-2 series deficit to advance to meet the Montreal Canadiens in the second round. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, who’s in the final season of his contract, declined to discuss his future. For the first time in his NHL career, Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg failed to score in a playoff series.
TWINCITIES.COM/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville is “under the weather” but expects to be ready for his club’s upcoming series against the Chicago Blackhawks, who will be teaming rookie forward Teuvo Teravainen on a line with veterans Patrick Sharp and Antoine Vermette.
NEW YORK POST/THE WASHINGTON POST: New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault won’t rule out Mats Zuccarello (concussion) returning during their upcoming series against the Washington Capitals, whose rookie forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has proven to be a strong performer in his first-ever NHL playoffs.
NOTE: News involving Canadian NHL playoff clubs can be found in “Canadian Corner.”
NHL.COM: With the Lightning ousting the Red Wings, the NHL has released its updated second-round schedule.
Other Notable Headlines.
NHL.COM: Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price and New York Islanders captain John Tavares are the finalists for the 2015 Hart Trophy.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford seems satisfied with his current management staff and has no plans to cut ties with any of them.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite ownership recently claiming Rutherford was returning next season (along with coach Mike Johnston and superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin), there’s still some speculation Rutherford could be replaced or perhaps the Penguins could hire a new assistant GM to be groomed as his eventual successor.
LAKINGSINSIDER.COM: The Kings have held preliminary contract negotiations with pending UFA defenseman Andrej Sekera.
STLTODAY.COM: Long-time Blues defenseman and pending UFA Barret Jackman isn’t ready to reflect on his career in St. Louis.
TSN.CA: Lawyers for a group of former NHL players suing the league over concussion injuries suffered during their playing careers is requesting all 23 American-based teams release all medical information about every players who’s ever suited up for them since 1967.