Lightning become Eastern Conference champions, Ducks and Blackhawks prepare for Game 7 of Western Conference Final and more.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Tampa Bay Lightning are the 2015 Eastern Conference champions, defeating the New York Rangers 2-0 in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Final. Ben Bishop made 22 saves for the shutout while Alex Killorn and Ondrej Palat scored the game’s only goals in third period. The Lightning will face the winner of tonight’s Game 7 Western Conference Final between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks.
Following the game, it was revealed Rangers defenseman and captain Ryan McDonagh was playing on a broken foot. Rangers winger Martin St. Louis will take some time to determine his future. It’s possible he may have played his final game with the Rangers. Retirement could be a possibility for St. Louis, who turns 40 in June.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Just as they did throughout this series, the Lightning dictated the pace of this game. Unlike Game Six, however, they played a much better defensive game, preventing the Rangers from getting too many clear scoring chance in close to Bishop, who enjoyed a bounce-back performance after being shelled in Game Six.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Anaheim Ducks intend to lay it on the line tonight in Game 7 of their Western Conference Final, while the Chicago Blackhawks hope their Game 7 loss in the 2014 Conference Final will provide the hunger to down the Ducks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In my opinion, this series has been the best of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs. I’m looking forward to a thrilling finish tonight.
NJ.COM: Former New Jersey Devils defenseman Phil Housley could become the club’s next head coach.
STLTODAY.COM: Instead of returning to the St. Louis Blues to fulfill his one-year contract, it appears forward Vladimir Sobotka will return to the KHL next season.
NHL.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed goaltender Drew MacIntyre to a one-year contract.
NBC SPORTS: The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed defenseman Justin Falk to a one-year, two-way extension.
USA TODAY: The Arizona Coyotes have reinstated radio analyst Nick Boynton after he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct at a casino. Boynton agreed to perform 100 hours of community service and continue alcohol counseling.