A recap of a fight-filled third fourth night of NHL playoff action, and previews of today’s games.

 

Scrappy end to Blues-Sharks game.

STLTODAY.COM/MERCURYNEWS.COM: The Blues downed the San Jose Sharks 3-0 in a game which had considerable strangeness. Sharks goalie Marc-Edouard Vlasic opened the scoring by accidentally shooting the puck in his own net, the Blues players bench broke and had to be replaced, and Blues defenseman Barrett Jackman accidentally collided with teammate Jaroslav Halak, knocking the goalie from the game. The game ended on an ugly note, featuring brawls between Vladimir Sobotka and Dominic Moore, and Roman Polak and Justin Braun.

WASHINGTON POST/BOSTON HERALD: Nicklas Backstrom scored in overtime and Braden Holtby made 43 saves as the Capitals edged the Bruins 2-1 to even the series at a game apiece. So far, it’s been a tight-checking, low-scoring series, and if the first two games are any indication, it’s going to stay that way for the remainder of the series.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Bryan Bickell scored twice, including the OT winner, as the Blackhawks downed the Coyotes 4-3 to tie the series at one. The Coyotes lost another player to injury (Martin Hanzal) and had a scary moment when goalie Mike Smith was bowled over by Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw and lay on the ice for several minutes with an apparent head injury. Smith would stay in the game, but Shaw got five and a game.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers lost a nasty, fight-filled game to the Rangers 3-2 in overtime, with the series now tied 1-1 heading to Ottawa for Games three and four. Rangers forward Carl Hagelin could face a suspension for elbowing Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson in the head, knocking him from the game. For more on the Senators, see “Canadian Corner”.

PHILLY.COM/PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: The Flyers may be leading the Penguins 2-0 in the series, but aren’t happy with their slow starts in the last two games, while the Penguins hope to rally on Flyers home ice.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings may hold a 2-0 series lead over the Vancouver Canucks, but they realize they haven’t won anything yet. For more on the Canucks, go to “Canadian Corner”.

DETROIT NEWS/THE TENNESSEAN: It would be wise for the Nashville Predators not to fire up Red Wings power forward Johan Franzen. They also need their top line to start cashing in.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM/NJ.COM: The Panthers hope for a better start to Game Two than they had in Game One, while the Devils believe they can take control of the series if they win Game Two.

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3 Responses to NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 15, 2012.

  1. gravitymike says:

    Let’s see if Shanahan can get it right today. Hagelin and Shaw definitely are worthy suspension candidates. If Mike Smith goes down the Coyotes have no chance with Labarbara in net. Weber, non-hockey play, targets head, no suspension. Hagelin targets head, Shaw, shoulder to head. Were these guys and their teams lose a couple of man games to discipline, I think you see these type of infractions drop off dramatically. Let’s set an example Shanny.

  2. RealPoultsy says:

    Let’s not forget the Brent Burns elbow to the head of Scott Nichol

    • gravitymike says:

      Oh, not at all. I could see this one being let go though, just thru history. Made contact with helmet, not too violent or up against the glass. This is one where I think a penalty was sufficient. However it did contribute to the overall nastiness of the game.

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