NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 21, 2014

Game recaps, including updates on Zach Parise, Daniel Alfredsson, James Neal, David Legwand, Rick Nash and more.

Joe Thornton scores against the Ducks.

Joe Thornton scores against the Ducks.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: The San Jose Sharks took over first place in the Pacific Division with a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Joe Thornton led the way with a goal and two assists for the Sharks. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry each had two assists for the Ducks.

PHILLY.COM: Wayne Simmonds scored twice and Steve Mason made 33 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers doubled up the Dallas Stars 4-2. Jamie Benn scored both goals for the Stars,

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Darryl Sutter collected his 500th career coaching win and Jonathan Quick got his franchise record-tying 171st win as the Kings edged the Washington Capitals 2-1.

NJ.COM: Former New Jersey Devil Zach Parise scored against his former team and heard the boos from Devils fans, which turned to cheers as the Devils downed Parise and the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in overtime.

MLIVE.COM: Daniel Alfredsson’s last-second buzzer beater lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was an ugly game, which saw Red Wings center David Legwand butt-end Penguins star Evgeni Malkin in the groin, while Penguins forward James Neal could be supplemental discipline for his cross check on Red Wings forward Luke Glendening.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Mike Smith made 21 saves as the Phoenix Coyotes eked out a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Detroit has now moved into a tied with Washington as both sit just one point out of a wild card berth. The Wings have two games in hand. The Devils remains five points out. The Coyotes, who hold the last wild card spot in the Western Conference, opened a four-point cushion over the Stars.

NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rick Nash makes his first return to Columbus since being traded to New York two years ago as the Rangers meet the Blue Jackets tonight.

TAMPA TRIBUNE: Lightning forward Alex Killorn won’t face supplemental discipline for boarding Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger.