NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 2, 2012.

Devils down Flyers to even series, more on the Predators suspension of Radulov and Kostitsyn, updates on the other playoff teams, and more.


Clarkson celebrates his goal in Devils 4-1 over Flyers.

NJ.COM/PHILLY.COM: The Devils overcame a sluggish first period and a 1-0 deficit to score a convincing 4-1 victory over the Flyers to even their series at a game apiece. The Flyers dominated the opening ten minutes and appeared on the verge of running the Devils out of the building, but the latter regained their footing, took control of the game in the second period, and never looked back.

THE TENNESSEAN/NATIONAL POST/ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Yesterday’s announcement the Predators had suspended Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn for one game for missing curfew overshadowed the team’s efforts to refocus on their defensive game, and is certain to bolster the stereotype of “enigmatic Russians”. The Coyotes, meanwhile,  put their focus on gaining a 3-0 stranglehold on the series tonight.

LOS ANGELES TIMES/STLTODAY.COM: The Kings offense has been dynamite in short-handed situations, while Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (suspected concussion) is questionable for Game Three on Thursday.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/WASHINGTON POST: Rangers head coach John Tortorella has little to say to the media as his team’s series with the Capitals shifts to Washington (probably because he doesn’t want to risk another fine), while the Capitals, 1-2 at home in this year’s playoffs, hope to bring their road magic (4-2) with them for the next two games at home. The Capitals also received some bad news yesterday, as highly touted Russian prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov has elected to remain with his KHL team for the next two years.

1 Comment

  1. I’m late to comment about the Radulov and A. Kostotsyn suspensions, but the part I find laughable is. David Poile saying that he never puts players ahead of the team. So that’s why he waived all the rules including requiring a player to play at least 10 regular season games to satisfy that contract year so that he could bring Radulov back? Considering that Radulov has been treated with kid gloves since he came back, it’s no surprise that he thought he could do any damn thing he wanted. And does anyone think Radulov won’t play in game 4 of this series? Of course he will! Yet if it were someone like Colin Wilson or Craig Smith who had broken curfew, they would be glued to the bench for the duration of the playoffs.

    That players with character issues like Radulov and A. Kostitsyn did what they did is of no surprise. What is regretable is having a GM act like he’s above the whole episode when it is he who brought in these players in the first place. You bring in mercenary type players like this, don’t be shocked when they act in character.