Penguins down Lightning to force Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Details, the latest signings & more in this morning’s NHL headlines.
TRIBLIVE.COM/TAMPA BAY TIMES: Pittsburgh Penguins stars Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang combined for two goals, two assists and 11 shots to lead their club to a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final. Apart from a push in the third period, it was a flat effort by the Lightning, who were down 3-0 after two periods. Game 7 goes on Thursday in Pittsburgh.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Lightning made it interesting when Brian Boyle scored twice to narrow the score to 3-2 before Bryan Rust sank the dagger late in the third. Overall, however, the Penguins were the dominant club in this one. And for one day, the critics of Crosby, Malkin and Letang were silenced as the trio answered the call in this one. However, the Pens need these three to give the same effort in Game 7 if they’re to advance to the Stanley Cup Final. They better be prepared, because the Lightning will try to atone for their lackluster Game 6 performance.
CSN BAY AREA: St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko is just the latest scoring star to be shut down by the San Jose Sharks defense in this year’s playoffs. The Sharks also nullified Tyler Toffoli of the Los Angeles Kings and Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators.
STLTODAY.COM: The Blues are returning to goaltender Brian Elliott in Game 6 tonight against the Sharks. Elliott was replaced by Jake Allen in Games 4 and 5.
BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins re-signed defenseman Kevan Miller to a four-year, $10 million contract worth an annual salary-cap hit of $2.5 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a considerable raise over the $800K he earned this season. Check out this take by CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators signed center Tom Pyatt to a one-year, two-way contract worth $800K at the NHL level.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Calgary Flames interviewed Canucks assistant coach Glen Gulutzan for their head-coaching job, though there’s no guarantee he’ll get it.
OTTAWA SUN: Curtis Vey, father of Vancouver Canucks forward Linden Vey, has pleaded not guilty in an alleged plot to murder his wife.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Among the Capitals restricted free agents, Michael Latta faces the most uncertainty this summer.