Capitals edge Rangers, Devils hire Ray Shero as new GM plus updates on Marian Hossa, Mike Riberio, Slava Voynov and more.
Game Recaps and Playoff Headlines.
THE WASHINGTON POST/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Jay Beagle scored the game’s only goal while Braden Holtby made 30 saves as the Washington Capitals edged the New York Rangers 1-0 to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven series. The Rangers’ power play continues to struggle, going 1-for-6 in this season and 4-for-28 thus far in the postseason. Earlier in the day, it was reported the Rangers refused to give the Boston Bruins permission to speak to assistant GM Jeff Gorten.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Marian Hossa has done everything this postseason for the Blackhawks except score.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild need disciplined play to prevent goalie Devan Dubnyk from having to bail them out.
Other Notable Headlines.
NHL.COM: The New Jersey Devils surprised the hockey world by announcing the hiring of former Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero as their new GM. Long-time Devils GM Lou Lamoriello will remain in his role as team president.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s speculation over whether Lamoriello made this move of his own accord or was forced by ownership to do so. Whatever the reason, it marks the end of an era for the Devils. Shero’s priority will be bolstering the Devils’ offense, which was among the league’s worst this season.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty believes it’ll be a major upset if Boston Bruins assistant GM Don Sweeney isn’t picked to replace former general manager Peter Chiarelli.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As long as whoever the Bruins hire is a knowledgeable hockey person who won’t be a “yes man” to team president Cam Neely and CEO Charlie Jacobs, the club will be in good shape.
THE TENNESSEAN: With the Nashville Predators’ gamble on center Mike Ribeiro having panned out, both sides are hoping to continue their association. Ribeiro is eligible for UFA status in July.
DAILY BREEZE: Marta Varlamova, wife of LA Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, has agreed to seek domestic violence counselling to avoid contempt of court after refusing to testify against her husband. Voynov faces a count of domestic violence causing injury.