The Hockey News: Criticism hurled at Kane, Byfuglien, Subban & others is about race more than character. This is a tough one. Read twitter where you can see numerous examples of ignorance and racism (might be time for a campaign “think before you tweet”) that spews forth whenever these players are in the news. While you cannot deny that same exists, I am also not sure it is fair to suggest that the majority of the criticism (not via social media) comes from prejudice. Perhaps it is, but the experience I have had with fans in this city suggests this is not the case. What do you think?
The Telegram: IceCaps will face Albany Devils in first round of Calder Cup playoffs. Unusual that the IceCaps end up playing in the first round against a team they never played during the regular season.
The Telegram: IceCaps close out regular season by edging Pirates. It was a come from behind victory to close out the regular season. Michael Hutchinson made his second straight start and picked up another win finishing off the season with a 17-5-1 (Save % of 0.923 and GAA of 2.30).
Maine Sunday Telegram: Pirates go out with a whimper. A look at the game from the other side as Portland lost their eleventh game in a row.
The Oregonian: Portland get the momentum and the 5-3 win against Kelowna. The Winterhawks evened the series 1-1 helped by the strength of play of Jets prospect Nic Petan who finished the game with a goal and two assists. Ryan Olsen, a Jets prospect playing for the Rockets, finished the game -1.
Illegal Curve Hockey Show Replay:
Part 1: Recap of the playoffs thus far, MBL up 2-0, DET up 1-0, ANA up 2-0. Interview with Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette (13:16). SJ up 1-0, STL up 1-0, COL up 1-0 (23:56). PIT up 1-0, NYR up 1-0 (38:12). Interview with Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch (47:39). Should the Winnipeg Jets bring back Alexander Burmistrov? (1:01:11).
Part 2: Should the Winnipeg Jets bring back Olli Jokinen? What is Olli Jokinen worth? (10:43). Interview with Josh Cooper of The Tennessean (22:52). Kevin Cheveldayoff end of season press conference (41:15). Interview with Tom Lynn, Veritas Hockey (51:29). Rapid Fire (1:01:12).