NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 9, 2014

Latest on the Rangers and Kings, an update on concussions in the NHL, goalie interference video review could be revisited and more. 

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (left) has outplayed Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist.

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (left) has outplayed Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Pat Leonard writes the Rangers can’t come back against the Los Angeles Kings as long as Kings goalie Jonathan Quick continues to out-perform Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist at crunch time.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Quick’s numbers aren’t close to those he posted when carrying the Kings to the 2012 Stanley Cup, but after giving up early leads, Quick bars the door in the third period and especially in overtime. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Helene Elliott speculates the Kings could be battling fatigue as well as the Rangers as this Cup Final continues.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No NHL team has played as much hockey in one postseason as the Kings have thus far.  The Rangers speed appears to be giving them difficulty, but the Kings’ depth and Quick’s clutch goaltending has lifted them into a 2-0 series lead. Time will tell if fatigue becomes a factor for the Kings as this series progresses. 

TSN.CA: While concussions are down in the NHL this season, there’s concern some concussed players are hiding their injuries.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some pundits have taken to criticizing the league’s concussion protocols, but there’s little they can do if a concussed player is unwilling to admit how seriously he’s hurting. This may be something which is revisited in the next round of collective bargaining, but that’s not for another eight years. 

TORONTO SUN: In the wake of a controversial goal in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, Mike Zeisberger reports the goalie interference video review debate could be revisited.  The Kings’ Dwight King apparently interviewed with Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist in that game, resulting in a game-changing goal.

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Ken Campbell wonders if Steve Ballmer, the new owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, might purchase the Kings in the offseason.