A look at news from around the league...
• With their win in Boston on Wednesday night, the Flyers became the first team since the '75 Islanders to force a Game 7 after losing the first three games of a series. "Now both teams have their backs against the wall," Philly defenseman Chris Pronger said after the 2-1 victory in Game 6. "It's a dangerous position to be in, both for us and them. They're going to come out with everything they've got. It's do or die for them now in Game 7 in their building [on Friday night]." Columnist Phil Sheridan says it would be a shame for the Flyers not to finish this now that they've come this far. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]
• Columnist Dan Shaughnessy says there's no panic in the Bruins' house. [ Boston Globe ]
• The defending champs are eliminated with a 5-2 loss at home in Game 7. Who saw this coming? Columnist Ron Cook says it was hard to recognize the Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Gonchar and Marc-Andre Fleury Thursday night. Quite simply, it was one of the worst big-game hockey in Penguins history. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]
• Columnist Pat Hickey says the Habs upsetting the Penguins wasn't really a surprise. [ Montreal Gazette ]
Western Conference finals
• Sharks coach Todd McLellan has a pretty good idea of what his team will be up against in the Western Conference finals. "[The Blackhawks are] a very good team," McLellan said after a Wednesday practice. "They can strike very fast and often and obviously they're playing at the top of their game." [ San Jose Mercury News ]• Beat reporter Chris Kuc says Chicago and San Jose seemed destined to meet in the Western finals. [ Chicago Tribune ]