NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 30, 2012.

Blackhawks best Blues in shootout, Vrbata leads Coyotes to victory over Sharks, Islanders down Penguins, Devils top the Lightning, Panthers bid for playoff berth stalled,  Capitals boost playoff bid in win over Bruins, Red Wings and Predators to square off tonight, Ryder providing boost to Stars scoring, Carter sidelined, Hurricanes running out of time.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks blew a 3-1 lead to the St. Louis Blues but won in a shootout on a Dave Bolland goal. Blackhawks president John McDonagh, meanwhile, maintains his strong support of coach Joel Quenneville and the current roster, saying he never gave any thought toward firing Quenneville during the team’s mid-season slump.

Vrbata leads Coyotes to crucial win over Sharks.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Radim Vrbata scored twice to lead the Phoenix Coyotes to a critical 2-0 win over the San Jose Sharks, knocking the Sharks to ninth overall, while giving the Coyotes a one point lead over eighth overall LA Kings.

NEWSDAY: Josh Bailey had a five-point (two goals, three assists) night, and Kyle Okposo scored twice, as the NY Islanders again downed the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3, costing the Penguins any realistic hope of overtaking the NY Rangers for first in the Atlantic Division and overall in the Conference.

NJ.COM: The Devils inched closer to clinching a playoff berth with a 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

MIAMI HERALD:  The Florida Panthers hopes of clinching a playoff berth stalled when they blew a 2-1 lead late to the Minnesota Wild, then fell in overtime.

WASHINGTON POST: After blowing a 2-0 lead, the Capitals kept their playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 shootout victory. It was a costly win, as goalie Tomas Vokoun left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury, while Jason Chimera could face suspension after earning a game misconduct for charging Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Home ice advantage in the playoffs is on the line tonight as the Red Wings face the Nashville Predators, which some see as a preview of a potential first-round matchup between the two teams.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Michael Ryder has provided the Stars with the kind of natural goal-scoring that’s hard to find.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Jeff Carter is unlikely to play tonight for the Kings against the Edmonton Oilers because of an ankle injury.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller believes his team could make the playoffs if he had a few more games to work with.

Flyers win over the Maple Leafs can be found in “Canadian Corner”.