NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – Sunday, March 31, 2013.

Recaps of Saturday’s NHL games featuring American teams, the Penguins set an NHL record but lose Sidney Crosby, Sean Avery appears to lash out at John Tortorella, and more.


Sidney Crosby helped from the ice after being struck in the mouth by a Brooks Orpik shoot.

Sidney Crosby helped from the ice after being struck in the mouth by a Brooks Orpik shoot.

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW/NEW YORK POST: The Pittsburgh Penguins set an NHL record for consecutive victories in one month (15)  by blanking the NY Islanders 2-0. It came at a cost, however, as Sidney Crosby was struck in the mouth by a Brooks Orpik slapshot. He left the game to undergo dental surgery. The injury overshadowed Jarome Iginla’s debut with the Penguins.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Crosby was held overnight in hospital for observation. Hopefully he doesn’t suffer any concussion symptoms.

PHILLY.COM/BOSTON GLOBE: Ilya Bryzgalov made 33 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins.

PIONEER PRESS/LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Minnesota Wild overcame a two-goal deficit to down the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in a shootout. Zach Parise (1G, 1A) and Mikko Koivu (2 assists) led the way for the Wild, who move into a tie with Vancouver for first in the Northwest Division.

WASHINGTON POST/BUFFALO NEWS: Alexander Ovechkin scored the game-winner in a shootout as the Washington Capitals defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-3.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the NY Rangers stalled in the standings, the Capitals are now only two points out of a playoff berth. 

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS/ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Logan Couture scored the winner in a shootout as the San Jose Sharks edged the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2.

MIAMI HERALD/NJ.COM: Shawn Matthias and Dmitry Kulikov rallied the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 overtime win over the struggling New Jersey Devils, who’ve now lost three straight games.

DENVER POST/THE TENNESSEAN: Tyson Barrie tallied the game’s only goal as the Colorado Avalanche nipped the Nashville Predators 1-0 in overtime.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars face a critical point of the season. Does management trade away its pending free agents by the April 3 deadline, or keep them and push for a playoff  berth?

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Former Rangers pest Sean Avery posted a tweet appearing to call for the NY Rangers to fire coach John Tortorella.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some will dismiss anything the outspoken Avery has to say, but in this instance, I suspect he speaks for a majority of Rangers fans.

DETROIT NEWS: Newly signed defenseman Danny DeKeyser is joining the Red Wings lineup.


  1. The Sabres’ string of two games blowing leads and losing in shootouts is not sitting well with many. After making strides last week on a three game win streak, the Sabres regressed and fell in the standings.

    • That is why I say Rolston’s “making strides” is an illusion. The team needs a change in chemistry from the top – Pommer, Stafford, and Miller need to go. I would even use Meyers as trade bait to get someone who will help change up the core of the team. I would keep Leino, Vanek and Ennis – make Ott the Captain and build around that. We have some youngsters ready to make the transition into the NHL, bring em up and let them get a taste these last couple of weeks. We all know Miller wants to head west – lets grant him his wish – trade him for Niemi or Hiller. To make the trade more interesting – throw in Pomminville – for Pavelski or Ryan. Maybe even see if LA would trade Stafford for Penner.

      • Ott as captain? That’s a joke