NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 20, 2014

Blues and Avalanche take 2-0 series leads, Blue Jackets get first-ever playoff win, Milan Lucic fined, Brent Seabrook faces suspension and more.

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook faces suspension for this hit on Blues captain David Backes.

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook faces suspension for this hit on Blues captain David Backes.

STLTODAY.COM/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: For the second straight game the Blues and Blackhawks went to overtime and for the second straight time Blues won 4-3. Barret Jackman was the overtime hero as the Blues take a 2-0 lead in the series heading to Chicago for Games Three and Four. Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook faces a suspension after he was ejected for a high hit on Blues captain David Backes.

USATODAY/TRIBLIVE.COM: Matt Calvert scored twice, including the overtime winner, as the Columbus Blue Jackets overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3, tying the series and giving the Jackets their first-ever playoff win. The series moves to Columbus for Games Three and Four.

DENVER POST/TWINCITIES.COM: It was the Nathan MacKinnnon show in Game Two of the Colorado Avalanche-Minnesota Wild series, as the Avs rookie collected a goal and three assists in his club’s 4-2 victory over the Wild. The series shifts to Minnesota for Games 3 and 4 with the Avs up 2-0.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: MacKinnon is tied with linemate Paul Stastny for the playoff scoring lead with seven points. The Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia native wasted little time make a splash in his first NHL postseason.

BOSTON GLOBE/DETROIT NEWS: Bruins forward Milan Lucic was fined $5000.00 for spearing Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser in the groin during Game One of the Red Wings-Bruins series. The Wings, meanwhile, hope to maintain their discipline in Game Two against the “feisty” Bruins this afternoon.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lucic stabs a player in the balls with his stick and is fined $5,000.00. Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville grabs his crotch in an obscene gesture arguing with a referee and is fined five times that amount.  NHL discipline, ladies and gentleman….slow clap….

PHILLY.COM/NEW YORK POST: Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason (upper body) will miss Game Two of his club’s series against the NY Rangers but is optimistic he’ll return for Game Three. The Rangers, meanwhile, must remained disciplined against the Flyers in Game Two this afternoon.

LOS ANGELES TIMES/DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The defensive play of Anaheim Ducks center Saku Koivu could make the difference in their quest for the Stanley Cup. Stars captain Jamie Benn, meanwhile, acknowledged play is getting ugly between he and his former Team Canada linemates Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.

MERCURYNEWS.COM/LOS ANGELES TIMES:  Sharks rookies Tomas Hertl and Matt Nieto have already made their presence felt in their series against the Kings, who intend to play more physical against the Sharks tonight in Game Two.

CSNWASHINGTON.COM: The Washington Capitals acquired a seventh-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL draft from the Nashville Predators in exchange for the rights to defenseman Jaynen Rissling.

NOTE: Headlines from the Tampa Bay Lightning-Montreal Canadiens series will appear in “Canadian Corner”.

2 Comments

  1. i don’t really like the Blues or the Blackhawks and i had a lot more respect for Seabrook than Backes but that was an Ugly hit that is deserving of a suspension. Backes was looking behind him for the puck until a couple of seconds before the hit otherwise it would’ve been a total blindside hit. given the meager punishment handed out to Lucic for his gutless spear from behind i doubt the NHL gets this one right.

  2. Ya Lyle..you called it…$5k For Lucic for spearing; yet $25k to coach Quenville for a crotch grab out of frustration with controversial refereeing?

    Kinda getting tired of the partial NHL refereeing whereby the the League seems to dictate to referees’ just how to do their jobs in certain games…Is it just me or are there ref strings being pulled behind the scenes?