NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 4, 2014

Bruins rally to stun the Canadiens, Kings draw first blood against the Ducks, plus the latest on P.K. Subban, the NHL’s expansion plans and more. 

BOSTON HERALD/MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Bruins scored four unanswered goals in the final ten minutes of the third period to overcome a 3-1 deficit and defeat the Canadiens 5-3, tying their divisional final at one game apiece.  Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, the target of some racist tweets following Game One, defended the Bruins and their fans, declaring those comments didn’t represent the team or its fan base.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those few misguided folks who wanted to tar the Bruins, their fans and city of Boston as racist could learn something from Subban. 

Marian Gaborik scores in overtime as the Kings defeat the Ducks in Game 1 of their division final.

Marian Gaborik scores in overtime as the Kings defeat the Ducks in Game 1 of their division final.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Marian Gaborik scored the game-tying and overtime goals to lift the Kings to a 3-2 series-opening win over the Anaheim Ducks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gaborik’s been a good fit with the Kings since joining them at the trade deadline. He’s a UFA this summer and I wonder if the Kings make a serious effort to re-sign him.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw is questionable for Game Two against the Minnesota Wild after suffer a lower-body injury in Game One.

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild need goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to reverse his recent playoff struggles.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Are there any in-house solutions to snap Penguins captain Sidney Crosby out of his goalless slump?

NEW YORK POST: Despite their Game 1 victory over the Penguins, the NY Rangers are still struggling on the power play.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: For the second straight year, Stephen Weiss enters the off-season recovering from surgery.

NESN.COM: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league isn’t considering expansion for the moment, though he did acknowledge interest coming from Quebec City, Seattle and Las Vegas. He also admitted the recent decline in the Canadian dollar could affect next season’s salary cap, suggesting it could come in around $69- $70 million. Bettman defended the league’s concussion protocol and the new playoff format, and said there hasn’t been much talk yet about next season’s Winter Classic and Stadium series.