Sharks blank Blues to even the Western Conference Final. Details and more in this morning’s collection of notable NHL headlines.
THE MERCURY NEWS/STLTODAY.COM: Brent Burns scored two power-play goals, Dainius Zubrus collected two points and Martin Jones made 26 saves as the San Jose Sharks blanked the St. Louis Blues 4-0 to even their best-of-seven Western Conference Final at a game apiece. The Blues dismal power play was a key factor in their lopsided loss. They were unable to cash in on five opportunities with the man advantage, including a four-minute PP early in the third period. The series shifts to San Jose for Games 3 and 4.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks shook off their Game 1 malaise and dominated much of Game 2. While the Blues power play was shooting blanks, the Sharks went two for five. The Blues need a much better effort over the next couple of games or risk falling into a deep hole in San Jose.
TAMPA BAY TIMES/TRIBLIVE.COM: Defenseman Anton Stralman’s return from a fractured leg gives the Tampa Bay Lightning a significant lift. His impact was immediate, scoring in his first game back while logging over 18 minutes of ice time. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh Penguins winger Conor Sheary (5’8″, 175 pounds) admits he’s struggling against the Lightning’s big defensemen in this series.
PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers released their 2016 preseason schedule, featuring home games against the New York Islanders, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’d love to own Craig’s goalie mask, but I don’t have $25,000.00 laying around to make a reserve bid for it.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Former NHL player Kevin Stevens entered a not guilty plea to two federal drug charges for possessing oxycodone and intent to distribute.