NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 1, 2014

Kings complete upset of Sharks, Wild and Rangers advance, Devils confirm re-signing of Jagr, and much more. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES/SAN JOSE SHARKS: For only the fourth time in NHL history, a team has overcome a 3-0 series deficit to rally back and win a best-of-seven series in seven games. Anze Kopitar and Tanner Pearson had two-point performances as the Los Angeles Kings downed the San Jose Sharks 5-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This series loss perpetuates the Sharks reputation as playoff choke artists. Give credit where it’s due, as the Kings never quit, focused on each game at hand, overcame a poor start to this series and pulled off an historic upset. 

Nino Niederreiter (right) celebrates his series-winning overtime goal with Kyle Brodziak.

Nino Niederreiter (right) celebrates his series-winning overtime goal with Kyle Brodziak.

TWINCITIES.COM/DENVER POST: Nino Niedereitter scored in overtime to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, clinching their best-of-seven series four games to three.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A huge victory for the Wild, advancing beyond the opening round for the first time since 2003, and only the second time in their history. As for the Avs, it’s a tough loss but it should be a good learning experience for this young team, which has a bright future. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/PHILLY.COM: Dan Carcillo and Benoit Pouliot were the goalscorers as the Rangers edged the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 to win their best-of-seven series four games to three.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Just goes to show that it’s not always the stars who can step up in a big game with key goals. The Rangers depth made the difference in this series. Even when their best scorers (especially Rick Nash) were held off the board, they could count on others to get it done. 

CBS SPORTS: The second round playoff schedule has been released.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils have officially re-signed forward Jaromir Jagr to a one-year contract. It has a $3.5 million base salary, plus $2 million in bonuses.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jagr was their best player this season and expressed a willingness to return. Good signing for the Devils, who must now go out and find some additional scoring depth. 

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is unconcerned that he’s gone goalless so far in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Crosby has six points (all assists) thus far and has played overall a solid game. It’s only a matter of time until he starts cashing in with goals. 

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins forward Jarome Iginla looks forward to taking part in one of hockey’s great rivalries when his club faces off against archrival Montreal Canadiens for a record 34th time in the playoffs.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks fourth line scraping for ice time.

NHL.COM: Jaromir Jagr, Manny Malholtra and Dominic Moore are finalists for the 2014 Masterton Trophy.

2 Comments

  1. Caps have traded Halak to the Islanders for a conditional 4th round pick.

  2. It’s a rarity indeed to overcome a 3-0 hole and come back and win a best-of-seven series. Got to wonder how much Carter and Richards contributed to the team psyche. Second time in, what, five years, that they’ve experienced the unthinkable?