NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 22, 2014

Game recaps, plus the latest on James Neal, David Legwand, Andrew MacDonald, Kyle Okposo, Teddy Purcell and more.

BOSTON HERALD: Chad Johnson had a 31-save shutout as the Boston Bruins won their 11th straight game with a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. The Bruins also clinched a playoff berth.

Rick Nash (right) was a physical presence in his return to Columbus.

Rick Nash (right) was a physical presence in his return to Columbus.

NEW YORK POST: Rick Nash didn’t score in his first return to Columbus since the Blue Jackets traded him to the New York Rangers, but he was a physical presence in the Rangers 3-1 win over his former team. Former Blue Jacket Derick Brassard tallied one of the Rangers three goals.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Jonathan Toews short-handed goal early in the third period lifted the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins are also the first team this season to make the playoffs. The Rangers win leaves the Blue Jackets clinging to the final wild card berth in the Eastern Conference, one point up on Detroit and Washington. Detroit has a game in hand over Columbus, who hold a game in hand over Washington. The Blackhawks win moves them to four points behind the St. Louis Blues for first in the Central Division.

NBC SPORTS: Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal was fined $5,000.00 for cross-checking Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening, while Red Wings forward David Legwand was fined $5,000.00 for butt-ending Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin.

CSNPHILLY.COM: New Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald is clicking with Luke Schenn, providing the Flyers with a versatile defense pairing which was lacking earlier this season.

NEWSDAY: Lubomir Visnovsky (upper body) and Kyle Okposo (lower body) joined the NY Islanders growing list of injured players.

TAMPA TRIBUNE: Lightning forward Teddy Purcell is hoping to break out offensively over the remainder of the season.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The NHL has apologized to the Florida Panthers for a missed goalie interference call which led to the Panthers losing to the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday.

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  1. Andrew MacDonald’s play with Philly so far is a further indictment of Islanders’ coaching and management which has refused to have a defensive system or veteran leadership to give their defensemen a chance to succeed. It also shows the lack of back checking by the forward corps on the Island, without which the Isles will never become a serious contender.