New York Rangers coach John Tortorella says he doesn't like disclosing injuries because it's his No. 1 job to protect his players, and believes the fans and media don't have the right to know everything that's going on with the team.
New Jersey Devils defenseman Henrik Tallinder, sidelined since mid-January due to a blood clot in his lower left leg, has been cleared to play and will be available for his team's Stanley Cup finals series against the Los Angeles Kings.
Tension continues to escalate in the Eastern Conference finals, but Devils star Zach Parise doesn't expect the animosity between New Jersey and the New York Rangers to boil over through the rest of the series.
Rangers winger Brandon Prust has a hearing with the NHL on Sunday following his second-period elbow to the back of Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov's head Saturday, a source told ESPNNewYork.com's Katie Strang.
New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer called Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux's second-period shoulder to right winger Dainius Zubrus' head "a textbook hit" that the NHL is trying to eliminate from the game.
Florida Panthers coach Kevin Dineen blasted the quality of the ice surface at Prudential Center prior to Wednesday's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference opening-round series against the New Jersey Devils.