Blues bounce back to down the Sharks & tie the Western Conference Final. Details and more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
STLTODAY.COM: Kyle Brodziak and Troy Brouwer each scored twice and Jake Allen made 31 saves as the St. Louis Blues doubled up the San Jose Sharks 6-3 in Game 4 off the Western Conference Final, tying the best-of-seven series at two games apiece. The Blues at one point had leads of 4-0 and 5-1, chasing Sharks goalie Martin Jones out of the net. Joe Pavelski, Chris Tierney and Melker Karlsson scored third-period goals for the Sharks.
THE MERCURY NEWS: After being shellacked in Game 4 by the Blues, Sharks starting goalie Martin Jones looks toward bouncing back in Game 5 as the series returns to St. Louis.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Allen, who took over for Brian Elliott in the Blues’ net, looked sharp through most of his first start of this postseason. We can expect him to see him between the pipes for Game 5. This was a convincing win by the Blues, dominating the Sharks throughout most of this game. They were certainly motivated to avoid falling behind 3-1 in the series.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley availability for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final isn’t encouraging. Daley injured his left leg in Game 4 and had to helped from the ice. X-rays were taken Saturday but the results have yet to be released. Olli Maatta, a healthy scratch in the last three games, could return to action if Daley is unavailable.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Daley’s been the Penguins second-best defenseman in this year’s playoffs. Losing him for a significant period of time could be a serious blow to their blueline.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning don’t know if they’ll face Matt Murray or Marc-Andre Fleury in the Penguins’ net in Game 5, but they don’t intend to change their style of play
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch profiles Pierre Dorion, the new general manager of the Senators.