Three finalists are vying for the Jack Adams Award, the NHL's version of the coach of the year award.
Bruce Boudreau of the Anaheim Ducks, Paul MacLean of the Ottawa Senators and Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks were named finalists based on balloting by the NHL Broadcasters' Association, who voted at the end of the regular season. The winner is announced during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.
Quenneville's Blackhawks won the Presidents' Trophy, boosted by a record start to the season by earning a point in each of their first 24 games (21-0-3), smashing the NHL's longest previous season-opening streak of 16 games set by the Anaheim Ducks in 2006-07.
Boudreau led the Ducks to the Pacific Division title and No. 2 seed in the Western Conference with a club-record points percentage (.688, 30-12-6) in his first full season as their head coach.
MacLean, a 2012 finalist for the award who is in his second year with Ottawa, guided the Senators (25-17-6) to the postseason with a youthful lineup necessitated by a persistent rash of injuries.
---Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang and forward Craig Adams were absent from Friday's morning skate, and their status is unknown for Game 2 Friday night against Ottawa.
Both practiced on Thursday.
---Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates told 106.7 The Fan in Washington he could "easily" beat up New York Rangers coach John Tortorella when he was asked the question on air.
Oates was riled up that Tortorella said the Capitals were "whining" about officiating in the completed series in which the Rangers led power-play chances 28-16.
"Well, I think he's out of line," Oates said. "He should be worried about his own series. We didn't whine once during the series. I never complained. I don't know, did you guys ever hear me complain about officiating?"
---The New York Islanders re-signed forward Eric Boulton to a one-year deal.
Boulton, 36, played in 15 games for the Islanders this past season, after playing the 2011-12 season with New Jjersey.
Known primarily for his physical play, Boulton had no goals or assists this past season.