Here are the national morning papers:
- There are reasons to be tense in every Canadian market right now, writes Roy MacGregor of the Globe & Mail.
- William Houston provides readers with Don Cherry’s perspective on the Jonathan Roy incident in the QMJHL.
- Mark Spector of the National Post has an interesting article on fighting; in terms of who wants to keep it in the game and who does not.
- USA Today previews the important games upcoming over the weekend.
- Not only have the Sharks been good this year,
- Not only have the Sharks been good this year, but they have been good with the 27th ranked payroll in the NHL, writes Kevin Allen of USA Today.
Here are the Northeast Division morning papers:
- The Leafs are finally out of contention for a playoff spot after last night’s 4-2 loss at Boston. GM Cliff Fletcher is already looking to improving the team for next season, writes Kevin McGran.
- Bryan Murray was not happy after his team blew a third period lead to the Sabres and ended up losing 4-3 in a shootout. Mike Fisher is not only one of the Senators’ top scorers, but he also a Christian rock song written just for him.
- Habs winger Tom Kostopoulos cannot wait to get his first taste of playoff action in about two weeks, writes Herb Zurkowsky.
- The Bruins did not have a good second period last night, but they weathered the storm and played a strong third period to defeat the Leafs 4-2 at the Banknorth Garden. Peter Schaeffer scored one goal and added an assist last night, which is pretty impressive considering he was not even planning on being in the line up.
- The Sabres’ playoff hopes are faint, however, they could have completely ended last night had it not been for a late third period goal by Paul Gaustad. If you have not noticed, Ryan Miller has been a horse all season long, and he has now played more games in one season than any other Sabres netminder.
Here are the Atlantic Division morning papers:
- Scott Gomez unexpectedly suited up for the Rangers last night and helped his team defeat the Devils for the seventh time in seven chances this season. Meanwhile, John Dellapina floats the possibility that Jaromir Jagr may leave to play in Russia next season.
- The Flyers will be looking to exorcise their Jersey demons tonight, writes Ed Moran. Apparently Derian Hatcher will only return this season if the Flyers advance two rounds in the playoffs.
- The Penguins did not even need scoring from Crosby, Malkin or Hossa last night, writes Dave Molinari. “It’s not like we lost confidence in him,” said Penguins coach Michel Therrien about his decision to move Ryan Whitney up to forward for the time being.
- To say the Islanders’ line up is depleted would be an understatement, writes Greg Logan.
- Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger thinks the Rangers were lucky to come away with a victory against the Devils last night. In injury news, the Devils may have lost defenseman Bryce Salvador for the remainder of the season.
Here are the Southeast Division morning papers:
- Forget the game, Dan Boyle was more worried about his life last night, writes Erik Erlendsson. While the Bolts season is ending in less than two weeks, John Tortorella’s season will continue as he is reportedly going to be the head coach for Team USA at the World Championships.
- The Panthers needed to win last night to keep their slight playoff hopes alive, but they lost 3-2 to the lowly Thrashers and can now start setting their tee times. In an interesting development, Jacques Martin called out Olli Jokinen on his recent poor play.
- The Thrashers remembered that you are allowed to win on the road last night, as they defeated the Panthers 3-2 in South Florida.
- The Hurricanes have not been giving Cam Ward any rest, writes Luke Decock.
- The Capitals got a huge overtime goal from Tomas Fleischmann last night, to remain only two points out of a playoff spot.
The Western Conference morning papers will be posted soon…
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