NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 1, 2012.

Capitals even series with Rangers,  Kings take two-game lead over Blues, updates on the Coyotes, Predators, Flyers and Devils, and Panthers coach snubbed for Adams trophy nomination.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/WASHINGTON POST: Despite seeing less than 14 minutes of ice time, Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin netted the game-winner on a power-play late in the third, as the Capitals downed the Rangers 3-2, to even their series at a game apiece. The series moves to Washington for Games 3 and 4.

Kopitar scores one of his two goals in Kings win over Blues.

LOS ANGELES TIMES/STLTODAY.COM: The Kings exploded for four goals (Anze Kopitar with two of them) in the first period, going on to an easy 5-2 victory over the Blues, who continue to struggle against the Kings forecheck and Jonathan Quick’s goaltending. The series shifts to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC/THE TENNESSEAN: The Coyotes fourth line of Gilbert Brule, Daymond Langkow and Kyle Chipchura have been invaluable in their teams’ two victories over the Nashville Predators, whose coach, Barry Trotz, said Alexander Radulov wasn’t the only player on his team who failed to step up in their Game Two loss.

NORTHJERSEY.COM/CSNPHILLY.COM: Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk has been receiving therapy for what’s believed to be a lower back injury, while Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossman and fellow blueliners played well in Game One against the Devils.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers coach Kevin Dineen, who guided the Panthers to a 22-point improvement this season, was passed over for an Adams trophy nomination as NHL coach of the year.

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  1. Kovalchuck is hurt- that is very evident. He would be very, very difficult to contain by the Flyers defense if he was healthy. This is going to cost NJ the series over the 7 games… they need his offensive threat to be present.

    Ovi scores and the Caps win –> Dale Hunter is a mastermind.
    The Caps don’t win –> Dale Hunter is a bone head.

    My guess is that:
    a) Ovi is hurt.. (but it doesn’t appear that way)
    b) Ovi is going to want out. He has too much pride and self respect to be the captain of a team that is now playing him in the role of a grinder/specialty teams player.

    I mean he has been relegated to MA Bergeron status! Only the PP?
    He has played a few games now at or below the 15 minute mark? for one, this does not justify his contract, for two, how is he supposed to have an impact on the game?

    I have watched closely and his committmen level is there. His risk taking has come down, his defenseive responsibility is better.. Maybe Hunter just doesn’t like him.

    Either way, this signals to me the end of Ovi in Washington. Even after he scored he did not really get the celebratory excitement form his teammates…. I have been saying for months that this relationship between Ovi and the Caps (players, coaches, mgmt) has been eroding.

    I am willing to bet that he requests a trade in the off-season if the team is not going to make another change behind the bench.