NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 17, 2014

Penguins edge the Blue Jackets, Ducks hang on against the Stars, updates on the other playoff clubs, the Sabres fire some of their coaching staff, and more.

Brandon Sutter scores the game-winning goal against the Blue Jackets.

Brandon Sutter scores the game-winning goal against the Blue Jackets.

TRIBLIVE.COM/COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Brandon Sutter potted the game winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 and take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven series.

LOS ANGELES TIMES/DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Anaheim Ducks leaped to a 4-0 lead and held off the Dallas Stars for a 4-3 victory to go up 1-0 in their best-of-seven series.

NOTE: Game One of the Montreal Canadiens-Tampa Bay Lightning is recapped in “Canadian Corner”.

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins star Patrice Bergeron is healthy and ready to go against the Detroit Red Wings.

MLIVE.COM: Red Wings rookies Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco and Luke Glendening will make their NHL playoff debuts against the Bruins.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Outside of Chicago, Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford isn’t considered an elite goaltender.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best way for Crawford to prove himself is to carry the ‘Hawks on another lengthy playoff run. 

STLTODAY.COM: David Backes, Vladimir Sobotka and Vladimir Tarasenko participated in full practice yesterday.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings will feed off goalie Jonathan Quick’s confidence as they gear up for the playoffs.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: Martin Havlat and Jason Demers are healthy for the Sharks playoff run.

PHILLY.COM: Ray Emery will have a chance to prove his net worth for the Flyers as he’ll start in place of the injured Steve Mason tonight against the NY Rangers.

NEW YORK POST: Derick Brassard insists he’s 100 percent after he was seen holding his lower back on Tuesday.

DENVER POST: Hard work is responsible for the transformation of Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov into an elite netminder this season.

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund is looking forward to his NHL playoff debut.

THE BUFFALO NEWS:  Sabres assistant coaches Joe Sacco, Teppo Numminen, Jerry Forton and goalie coach Jim Corsi won’t return next season.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller is taking the high road in the face of uncertainty over his future.


  1. The Jackets look alot better than their record showed during the regular season, the Pens better watch out, this team is going to make some noise next year, especially after making roster tweaks over the offseason. I’m not Jacket fan but I could see an upset here.

    • The Penguins have struggled in the past month as several players have been out with injury. Showing up to play and winning the series to move a step ahead to the Stanley Cup remains job one for them. They have to play better defensively.

  2. I like to see who joins Ted Nolan’s coaching staff with the Buffalo Sabres. I hope the prospective coaches are focused on goal scoring, successful conversion on the power play and not playing in their end for entire games.

    I notice strength and conditioning coach Doug MacKenney and his assistant J.T. Allaire were not dismissed. I have seen many Sabres in recent seasons not conditioned and prepared well enough to play. Two players (specifically Tyler Myers and Alexander Sulzer) returned quickly from injuries only to re-injure themselves and miss the rest of the season.