Flames down the Ducks in overtime, Brandon Prust fined, an update on Andrew Ladd and the latest on the Maple Leafs.
CALGARY HERALD/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Johnny Gaudreau’s game-tying goal in the dying seconds of the third period set the stage for Mikael Backlund’s overtime tally as the Calgary Flames edged the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 in Game Three of their best-of-seven series. The Ducks lead the series two games to one. Patrick Maroon, Corey Perry and Matt Beleskey scored for the Ducks in their first loss in this year’s playoffs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once again, the Cardiac Kids snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, but they must be prepared for a more determined effort from the Ducks in Game Four. This game also saw a controversial no-goal decision against the Flames, while the Ducks felt they had touched the puck on a delayed penalty call just prior to the Backlund goal.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Brandon Prust was fined $5,000.00 for his disparaging remarks against referee Brad Watson following Game Two of the Canadiens-Lightning series. Prust also issued a public apology.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: The Tampa Bay Lightning appear to be inside the heads of the Canadiens.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s been obvious throughout this season and in this series. The Canadiens have lost seven straight games to the Bolts, five of them in lopsided fashion. That’s what led to the breakdown in the Habs discipline in Game Two. If the Lightning win Game Three tonight, it will all but finish the Canadiens’ hopes of rallying back in this series.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets captain Andrew Ladd is honored to be names a finalist for the Mark Messier leadership award.
TSN.CA: It’s believed the Toronto Maple Leafs have contacted former NHL coach Guy Boucher, who’s currently coaching in Switzerland. They also reportedly have interest in speaking with New York Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton but the Rangers haven’t granted permission.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe the Rangers are grooming Gorton to become Glen Sather’s successor. If so, it’s no surprise they’re not granting permission for rival clubs to speak to him.