Starting on Saturday, the Eastern and Western Conference Final series are scheduled to alternate on a daily basis, but before that happens, all four teams will rest today. With no games to preview, we’re instead taking a look around the league this morning:
Boston Bruins president Cam Neely and general manager Peter Chiarelli both wished outgoing assistant general manager Jim Benning luck ahead of his introduction as Vancouver’s new general manager today. (Boston Herald)
Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Penguins are continuing their search for a new general manager and it looks like Tampa Bay Lightning assistant GM Julien BriseBois might be in the running. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was even angrier about his team’s collapse the morning after it happened. “Normally it’s the other way around.” Still, the team is moving forward. (CSN Chicago)
The AHL Toronto Marlies don’t want to get overconfident after sweeping their first two playoff series. (NHL.com)
Defenseman Josh Morrissey, 19, has been able to make a smooth transition from the WHL to AHL St. John’s IceCaps. He was taken by Winnipeg with the 13th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. (Winnipeg Sun)
Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter isn’t one for making big speeches to his players. “They don’t need some coach coming in there yelling and hollering,” he said. (LA Kings Insider)
The Pittsburgh Penguins ended a long run of playoff overtime struggles on Wednesday … and are now one win away from ending the Washington Capitals’ season.
Many expected the Penguins to crater on defense without Kris Letang (they were 2-8-1 in the regular season without him). While there were shaky moments, Pittsburgh emphasized its speed and other strengths in taking a 3-2 overtime thriller against Washington.
With that, the Penguins’ series lead grows to 3-1.
Trevor Daley, traded to Blackhawks for Sharp & Johns and to #Pens for Scuderi (who was flipped to LA for Ehrhoff) played 28:41 in G4 W.