The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers needed overtime to solve Game 5, the Coyotes not only clinched their first trip to the West final but may soon have a new owner, plus Mike Gillis and Claude Giroux got some important news — all on Day 27 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Here are your top five stories from Monday around the NHL:
1. There couldn't have been a more appropriate finish to Game 5 of the Rangers-Capitals "blocked shot" or "New York gridlock" series, as Hockey Night In Canada's Jim Hughson dubbed it. The contest went to overtime on a late goal by the Blueshirts' Brad Richards where the Washington crease looked like a five-car pileup; following that, Marc Staal's OT winner was scored when a blocked shot went wrong for Washington's Brooks Laich.
2. Shortly before Mike Smith and the Coyotes put down the Nashville Predators and clinched their franchise's first trip to the West final, they also had their prospective new owners introduced. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman held a press conference prior to Game 5 to announce a preliminary agreement to sell the Coyotes to a group headed by former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison, as detailed by CBC's The National. Meanwhile, Senior Hockey Writer Tim Wharnsby explains that Quebec City is now waiting to see if this ownership group is the real deal.
3. Tuesday marks a possible elimination Game 5 for the Philadelphia Flyers, but the news got worse on Monday. Leading scorer Claude Giroux will be unavailable for the Flyers after being slapped with a one-game suspension for this hit on the Devils' Dainius Zubrus on Sunday. Reaction to the NHL's disciplinary decision was mixed, as fans on Twitter debated the ban.
4. It's easy to imagine Mike Gillis having a good news/bad news type of day. As in, it's good news the Canucks extended his contract as President and GM, but the bad news is what now awaits his attention: the futures of goaltender Roberto Luongo and head coach Alain Vigneault. Did the Canucks make the right choice extending his contract? Vote here.
5. Team Canada romped at the IIHF world hockey championships, picking up a 7-2 win over France. The Canadians, despite this reported dust-up in Finland, are probably still looking like sharp-dressed men, eh, Grapes?
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