NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 16, 2012.

Crosby and Letang help Penguins to victory…Bryzgalov sets Flyers record for consecutive shutout minutes…Ward gets 200th career win as Hurricanes blank Blues…Panthers widen hold on divisional lead with win over Bruins…Devils down Avalanche in shootout…Sharks get big win via shootout…Toews suffers possible setback in concussion recovery…Red Wings trying not to fade…The reason behind Steve Mason’s improvement…Quebecor owner still keen to land NHL franchise.

POST-GAZETTE.COM: Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang had solid returns, helping the Penguins to a 5-2 victory over the NY Rangers.

PHILLY.COM: Ilya Bryzgalov didn’t break the Flyers record for consecutive shutout games, but did break the club record for consecutive shutout minutes, backstopping his club to a 3-2 win over the NY Islanders.

Ward gets 200th win.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Cam Ward got his 200th career NHL victory in a big way, stopping 40 shots in a 2-0 shutout of the St. Louis Blues. The game wasn’t without controversy, as Blues forward Andy McDonald suffered what appears to be a shoulder injury after seemingly being pushed from behind into the boards by Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu.

MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers not only strengthened their hold on first overall in the Southeast Division with a 6-2 win over the slumping Boston Bruins, but also moved within two points of the Bruins for the second overall seed in the Eastern Conference.

NJ.COM: Shootout goals by Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise, plus a 28-save performance by Martin Brodeur, carried the Devils to a 1-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: The struggling San Jose Sharks got a much-needed win, rallying to down the Nashville Predators 2-1 in a shootout.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has apparently suffered a setback in his recovery from a concussion. Bad news for a Blackhawks team still battling to hold onto a playoff berth in the Western Conference.

DETROIT NEWS: The recently slumping Red Wings are trying to fight off that fading feeling heading into their final, most crucial games of the regular season.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH:  Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason credits an overall equipment change for his improved performance (7-3-1, 2.67 GAA, .922 SP) of late.

CANOE.CA: Quebecor president and CEO Pierre-Karl Peladeau remains keen on purchasing an NHL franchise and moving it to Quebec City. If new owners willing to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in Arizona aren’t found before June, Peladeau could get his wish.

3 Comments

  1. I think another huge thing is Mason isn’t a bad goalie he just has had no confidence or mentor to guide him through everything. He is showing flashes of what won him the calder a few years back. I hope he can keep his performance on track and continue to improve.

  2. Ehh … Considering the media circus that surrounded his return, Crosby was rather underwhelming last night. Letang, on the other hand …

    It’s also worth noting that the Rangers were missing Lundqvist, Del Zotto and Callahan. So in the spirit of a bitter Rangers fan, way to beat up on the scrubs, Pittsburgh!

    My favorite part was all the tweets and facebooks about the “Crosby Sucks” chant being low-class and such. I mean what’s he done this season? At best he’ll play something like 20 games. Also, when’s the last time a rival’s star player wasn’t given the business at an away game? It’s just low-class because it’s the Pittsburgh Crosbys I guess.

    But seriously, why did Letang not get more credit? He was on the ice for all the goals for and none of the goals against, got beat once with a forecheck by the fastest guy in the NHL but recovered, and he’s got a great mullet besides.

  3. @chaas, I would call two primary assists a good return for anyone. And I don’t know where you were watching, but Letang was quite highly praised for his plus 5 on the game. As for the Ranger fans chanting, that is just people making adoo about nothing. They paid for tickets they can jeer people.