NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 19, 2014

Game recaps, including Martin St. Louis’ four-goal game, plus the Bruins and Blackhawks prepare to renew their rivalry today and more.

Martin St. Louis celebrates one of his four goals against the Sharks.

Martin St. Louis celebrates one of his four goals against the Sharks.

MERCURYNEWS.COM/TBO.COM: Martin St. Louis scored all four goals for the Tampa Bay Lightning but it wasn’t enough as they fell 5-4 to the San Jose Sharks. Joe Pavelski tallied a hat trick for the Sharks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: St. Louis’ been lighting it up ever since he was passed over for selection to Canada’s Men’s Olympic hockey team. Team Canada’s loss is certainly the Lightning’s gain, for if he continues his torrid offensive pace from now though April, the Lightning should make the 2014 playoffs.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Having lost on Friday to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Anaheim Ducks wasted little time getting back into the winning groove, downing the St. Louis Blues 3-2. Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen made 34 saves and Ryan Getzlaf scored his 25th goal of the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In the very tough and talented Western Conference, the Ducks are heading the pack. They could become the favorites to win the Stanley Cup.

DENVER POST: Nick Holden scored twice as the Colorado Avalanche leaped to a 3-0 lead over the Nashville Predators and hung on for a 5-4 win.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Mike Smith made 32 saves to backstop the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils.

PHILLY.COM: The New York Islanders chased newly-resigned goalie Steve Mason from the net in the second period but Mason’s teammates rallied from a 4-3 deficit to win 6-4. Claude Giroux set up two of the Flyers third period goals.

MLIVE.COM: A flukey goal late in the third period by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall set the stage for his club’s 3-2 shootout victory. Kronwall’s shot “deflected off the stick of Jarret Stoll, hit way up in the protective netting above the glass, hit goaltender Jonathan Quick in the back and went in.” The officials, however, didn’t blow the play dead so the goal counted.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Ryan Johansen’s shootout goal lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres, marking the Jackets sixth straight win.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win also moved the Jackets into the last wild card berth in the Eastern Conference. Though tied with the Red Wings and Capitals, they have more wins. 

TWINCITIES.COM: Nate Prosser’s overtime goal gave the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars, whose captain Jamie Benn could face supplemental discipline for elbowing Wild forward Matt Cooke in the head.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Alexander Semin scored twice as the Carolina Hurricanes edged the Florida Panthers 3-2.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/BOSTON HERALD: The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins are set to renew the respectful rivalry forged during last year’s Stanley Cup Final when they face off in an afternoon game today.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: The Penguins are close to getting injured players like Paul Martin and James Neal back in the lineup.