NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 15, 2014

Canadiens upset the Bruins, the Kings force Game 7 against the Ducks, plus updates on the Penguins, Sharks, Wild and Flyers. 

Montreal Canadiens celebrate their Game 7 victory over the Bruins.

Montreal Canadiens celebrate their Game 7 victory over the Bruins.

MONTREAL GAZETTE/BOSTON GLOBE: Carey Price made 29 saves and teammates Dale Weise, Max Pacioretty and Daniel Briere scored as the Canadiens defeated the Bruins 3-1 to win the best-of-seven series four games to three, marching on to the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers.  Some controversy erupted during the post-game handshake line when Bruins forward Milan Lucic apparently made disrespectful comments to Weise and Alexei Emelin.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And thus ends another chapter in the ongoing story of hockey’s true “forever rivals” (Sorry, Leafs fans, but that storyline with the Habs died decades ago. The Bruins are truly the Canadiens’ greatest rival, and I believe most Bruins fans feel the same). If Lucic was indeed disrespectful toward Weise and Emelin, that’s a lack of class on his part. Look, I understand it’s hard to shake hands with an opponent you hate, especially when they’ve eliminated you from a playoff series, but there’s no reason to do that. I admire Lucic’s skills but not his bad attitude. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES/ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis scored while Jonathan Quick turned aside 21 shots as the LA Kings edged the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 to force a seventh and deciding game in Anaheim on Friday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The “Freeway Series” has been everything I expected it would be. It’s only fitting it comes down to a seventh and deciding game. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Clutch as the Blackhawks may be, they’ll have to raise their game if they hope to repeat as Cup champions.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins ownership is rumored to favor replacing head coach Dan Bylsma but remain undecided over the fate of GM Ray Shero.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Big changes are coming for the Penguins, most likely behind the bench and possibly in the management’s chair. 

MERCURYNEWS.COM: Changes may be coming to the San Jose Sharks this summer, but GM Doug Wilson and head coach Todd McLellan won’t be among them.

TWINCITIES.COM: Sources say a new contract is coming for Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A few months ago there was speculation Yeo could be replaced at season’s end. Nothing like winning a playoff series and pushing the defending Stanley Cup champions to overtime in Game 6 to change that opinion.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle played in the Wild’s series against the Chicago Blackhawks with two separated shoulders.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s not a misprint, folks. Two. Separated. Shoulders. Yet another example of the toughness of hockey players come playoff time. 

PHILLY.COM: Flyers forward Steve Downie was to undergo surgery on his right ear yesterday to alleviate hearing loss suffered in a fight earlier in the season, defenseman Nicklas Grossmann begins rehabbing his surgically repaired right ankle, and forward Tye McGinn had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist.


  1. Lucic’s comments to the media after the game left little doubt that he did threaten Weise and Emelin in the handshake line, what do you expect from a no class schmuck who speared 2 players in the balls from behind in the last month? … happily the Bruins overspent (bonuses put them over) and now they’ll start next year with $4.5 million less in Caproom and a bunch of RFA’s to resign so likely Thornton and Iginla are gone as UFA’s and they’ll still probably have to buyout or trade someone to get out from under that.

  2. Lucic just seems like a bad person. He acts like a big bully who is used to getting what he wants, not because he’s right but because he’s too big for anyone to stick up to. Hopefully what he wants is a loooong summer of golf, because that’s what he’s getting.

    • he is a bully, pretentious prick. Been saying that for the longest time. He was like that in the club in Vancouver when he got clocked. He started walking around the club with his buddies and bumping into people and getting in their face. He bumped into one guy and got all up in to his face, the guys buddy clocked him with a sucker punch. He didnt’ even know he was lucic, he just saw a guy trying to pick on his friend so he punched him. Lucic started flipping out saying u know who the f*ck i am? u know who your f*cking with ? Dont get me wrong, probably a cowardly thing to do the sucker punch, but if you act like a douchebag, don’t act like a victim. Then he cries and says he is never partying in vancouver again. Obviously hes too classy and good of a guy to be here.

  3. Unreal!!! I had my whole family over for the game last night and it ended up being soooooooooo fulfilling and satisfying! Especially with Chara kicking the puck in his own net to seal it. We all started singing our Habs chants and jumping around the house lol. Then we lined up shots at my customs Habs bar and facetimed my bro in Calgary to share in the occasion, I did his shots of course.

    As for Lucic, poor sport and sore loser. If you like to dish out big hits and taunt the other team then you should be prepared to take it back. If your skin is too thin, then save your bullsh!t for the confines of the dressing room and not on national tv. See Iginla’s face standing behind him waiting to shake weises hand? Totally embarrassing. I’m happy PK’s prophecy came true! Go Habs Go!

  4. Being neither a Hab nor Bruin fan, I truly enjoyed this series. Probably a lot more fun for me to watch than for the fans of these two teams (although, in the end I’m sure Hab fans were dancing like lunatics near the end of game seven). I have an issue with the oodles of people who are referring to Montreal’s win as an “upset”. This series victory was no fluke. It wasn’t like Carey Price single-handedly stole the series, or the Habs employed a stifling neutral zone trap a la Guy Boucher. They were simply the better team over the course of seven games. Cudos to them for taking it to the Bruins and not getting dragged into playing Boston’s game. Speed kills! Perfect example. Maybe it’s just me, but I also now have to wonder about Tuuka Rask. Is he another one of those “Tony Esposito” type goalies? Great regular season, only to look very ordinary in play-offs? As for Lucic, certainly not condoning his actions post game, but I’d bet dollars to doughnuts everyone condemning him on here, would welcome him to their team in a heartbeat.