Rangers tie their series with the Capitals, updates on the Blackhawks-Wild series and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/THE WASHINGTON POST: Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves backstopping the New York Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals, tying their best-of-seven series at a game apiece. Chris Kreider, Dan Boyle and Derick Brassard scored for the Rangers, while Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alexander Ovechkin tallied for the Capitals. Ovechkin’s goal in the third was a highlight-reel effort which set the stage for a frantic finish.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TWINCITIES.COM: The Chicago Blackhawks perfect record when entering the third period with a lead during the regular season has carried over into the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Wild announced fourth-line forward Justin Fontaine (lower-body injury) will miss Game Two tonight.
NOTE: Playoff series involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Exploring the Carolina Hurricanes’ options in this year’s NHL draft.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Johnstown, PA is being recognized as Kraft Hockeyville USA. The local arena will receive $150K in upgrades and will host a preseason game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning televised by NBC Sports.