NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – Thursday, April 11, 2013.

Game recaps, plus the latest on Brad Marchand, Anton Volchenkov, Ilya Bryzgalov, David Legwand, and much more.

Anton Volchenkov (R) elbows Brad Marchand in the head.

Anton Volchenkov (R) elbows Brad Marchand in the head.

BOSTON GLOBE/NORTHJERSEY.COM: Gregory Campbell scored twice and Jaromir Jagr had two assists as the Boston Bruins edged the New Jersey Devils in a game between two clubs going in different directions. The win vaulted the Bruins into the Northeast Division lead, one point up on the Montreal Canadiens, while the loss is the Devils eighth in a row, putting their season on thin ice. It was a costly win for the Bruins, as Brad Marchand left the game with a head injury, the result of an intentional elbow by Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov, who’ll likely face supplemental discipline.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Volchenkov has a 3-game suspension already on his resume, so don’t be surprised if he misses another 3-5 games for this hit on Marchand.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Mats Zuccarello netted the shootout winner as the NY Rangers nipped the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2. The win moves the Rangers into a tie with the seventh overall NY Islanders and two points up on the ninth overall Winnipeg Jets.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Phoenix Coyotes kept their playoff hopes alive with a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. The win moves the Coyotes within one point of the eighth overall Detroit Red Wings.

DENVER POST: Two days after backup goalie J.S. Giguere ripped his Colorado Avalanche teammates for their poor play and only thinking about their season-ending trip to Las Vegas, he backstopped the Avs to a 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

PHILLY.COM: Sources claim goalie Ilya Bryzgalov fell asleep during a recent Flyers team meeting. In more serious Flyers news, defenseman Nick Grossmann is likely out for the season to a concussion.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tough break for Grossmann, another in a series of injuries to befall the Flyers this season, and one reason they’re on the verge of missing the playoffs. As for whether or not Bryzgalov dozed off during a team meeting, to quote the goalie himself, “I really don’t care”.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: New Penguins Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow are adjusting to their new surroundings.

USA TODAY: Kevin Allen lists Marian Gaborik, Jaromir Jagr, and Jay Bouwmeester among several players traded in the days leading up to the trade deadline who have had a positive impact upon their new teams.

THE TENNESSEAN: Center David Legwand has been on a torrid offensive pace of late for the Nashville Predators.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres president Ted Black pleads for patience from Sabres fans as the club engages in a rebuilding process.

THE DETROIT NEWS: Gregg Krupa calls for an end to the shootout. Good luck with that.

ESPN.COM: The NHL and IOC will meet at the end of this week to discuss the former’s participation in the Sochi Games.

4 Comments

  1. I wonder if the players on the 28 other teams take up a collection to pay Volchenkov’s fine for him as a way of showing their gratitude.

  2. I knew the Leafs should have taken Jussi Jokinen off waivers – 0 for the millenium in shootouts.
    BC Hockey league rules – 4 on 4 first overtime, 3 on 3 second overtime – the most fun I’ve had at a junior game – it’s very exciting and it even resembles hockey.

    • Don’t agree with Leafs fans too often but the 4-4, 3-3 overtime is really exciting. Closer to the team aspect in deciding a game. It’d be really exciting, for instance, to see a Crosby/Malkin/Letang vs Toews/Kane/Keith OT.

  3. Does Bryzgalov want to be bought out? Possibly .. probably. Perhaps that’s the reason for his all to convenient “Don’t Care” attitude. Everyone can see the writing on the wall here, and if you don’t see him playing in the K next year, you’re looking at the wrong wall.

    Okay, yeah sure, Mason is not better by any means. But is he really any worse? And at just 1.5m. I definitely see more upside in Mason then I do in Bryzgalov.

    That attitude combined with his horrid play, just have to go.