Capitals edge the Rangers, Blackhawks and Wild prepare for their second-round series, Masterton Trophy finalists announced and more. 

 NHL Playoff Recaps and Headlines.

The Capitals celebrate Joel Ward's last-second game winner against the Rangers.

The Washington Capitals celebrate Joel Ward’s last-second game winner against the New York Rangers.

THE WASHINGTON POST/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Alexander Ovechkin tallied a goal and assisted on Joel Ward’s last-second game winner as the Washington Capitals stunned the New York Rangers with a 2-1 victory in Game One of their best-of-seven second-round series.  Earlier in the day, the Rangers learned winger Mats Zuccarello (concussion) is out for at least the remainder of this series, and possibly longer if the Blueshirts should advance.

Note: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”

CSNCHICAGO.COM/TWINCITIES.COM: The Chicago Blackhawks hope to improve their penalty killing in their upcoming series against the Minnesota Wild, who hope to stay disciplined in their third postseason series against the ‘Hawks, who won the previous two.

NHL.COM: Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk, Ottawa’s Andrew Hammond and Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang are the 2015 Masterton Trophy finalists.

THE DETROIT NEWS: In the aftermath of the Red Wings first-round playoff elimination by the Tampa Bay Lightning, speculation is growing over the future of long-time Wings coach Mike Babcock.

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders have no plans to replace their coaching staff.

ESPN.COM: Former San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan is on the list of possible coaching candidates for the Buffalo Sabres.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres are also raising their season-ticket prices.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nothing like rewarding the patience of long-suffering fans who put up with a lousy season by raising their ticket prices. No matter how the Sabres spin this, this just doesn’t look good. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: Long-time Pittsburgh Penguins forward Craig Adams has been informed by management he won’t be re-signed.

MLIVE.COM: A Detroit Red Wings fan was arrested in Tampa Bay for attempting to set fire to a Lightning flag inside Amalie Arena.

THE HUFFINGTON POST: Could climate change put the future of hockey on thin ice?