NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 5, 2014

Game recaps and more as the NHL trade deadline is upon us.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Matt Niskanen scored twice as the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped a three-game losing skid with a 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators.

David Krejci celebrates his hat trick against the Panthers.

David Krejci celebrates his hat trick against the Panthers.

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues rallied from a 2-0 deficit to down the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2.

BOSTON GLOBE: David Krejci had a hat trick to lift the Boston Bruins to a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers.

DENVER POST: Rookie Nathan MacKinnon extended his points streak to 12 games helping the Colorado Avalanche down the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Artem Anisimov scored twice to propel the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Anton Khudobin made 35 saves and Jay Harrison scored in overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes edged the San Jose Sharks 3-2.

NJ.COM: In what could be his final game with the New Jersey Devils, Martin Brodeur made 20 saves to backstop his club to a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

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

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: David Hyde considers the Florida Panthers’ re-acquisition of Roberto Luongo is both a bold move and a desperate cry by a struggling franchise for attention.

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom has been shut down for the season. The club acquired Ilya Bryzgalov as a backup for Darcy Kuemper for the remainder of the season.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks yesterday acquired defensemen David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisebois from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a second-round pick in 2014.