NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 22, 2014

Blackhawks, Wild and Stars get back into their respective series, Penguins rally again to down the Blue Jackets, plus the latest on the other playoffs clubs. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE/STLTODAY.COM: Corey Crawford made 34 saves for the shutout and Jonathan Toews scored the game-winner as the Blackhawks blanked the St. Louis Blues 2-0, cutting the latter’s series lead to 2-1. Blues captain David Backes (concussion) missed Game Three and there’s no word when he could return in this series.

TRIBLIVE.COM/COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Jussi Jokinen scored in the third period as the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a 3-1 deficit to down the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3.

Mikael Granlund scores in overtime against the Avalanche,

Mikael Granlund scores in overtime against the Avalanche,

TWINCITIES.COM/DENVER POST:  Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves and Mikael Granlund scored in overtime as the Minnesota Wild edged the Colorado Avalanche 1-0 to cut the latter’s series lead to 2-1. The Wild’s victory was tainted by forward Matt Cooke injuring Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie with a knee-on-knee hit. Cooke, who has a lengthy suspension history, will face a hearing at league headquarters in New York.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With that one move, Cooke undid two seasons of otherwise clean play.  Barrie will miss 4-6 weeks with an MCL injury, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Cooke gets at least ten games, perhaps more.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kari Lehtonen made 37 saves backstopping the Dallas Stars to a 3-0 shutout of the Anaheim Ducks, cutting the Ducks series lead to 2-1. It was a costly loss for the Ducks, as defenseman Stephane Robidas, making his return to Dallas for the first time since he was dealt to Anaheim, suffered a playoff-ending broken leg.

CSNNE.COM/DETROIT NEWS: The Boston Bruins hope to end a lengthy losing drought in Detroit stretching back to March 2007. The Red Wings, meanwhile, must regain their focus which helped them defeat the Bruins in Game One.

PHILLY.COM/NEW YORK POST: Flyers goalie Steve Mason (upper body) will remain sidelined for Game Three, while the Rangers deny they’re diving to get penalty calls.

LOS ANGELES TIMES/MERCURYNEWS.COM: The Kings and starting goalie Jonathan Quick must regroup quickly after falling behind 2-0 to the Sharks, who could be getting into Quick’s head.

NOTE: Updates on the Tampa Bay Lightning-Montreal Canadiens series can be found in “Canadian Corner”.