NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Game recaps plus the latest on Henrik Lundqvist, Logan Couture, Alexander Semin, Bryce Salvador and more.

Viktor Fasth backstopped the Ducks to a 3-0 win over the Oilers.

Viktor Fasth backstopped the Ducks to a 3-0 win over the Oilers.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Viktor Fasth made 24 saves as the Anaheim Ducks blanked the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 to clinch the Pacific Division crown.

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: The injury-riddled Pittsburgh Penguins won their seventh in a row, downing the Ottawa Senators 3-1. It was the Penguins 22nd win in their last 24 games, and marked head coach Dan Bylsma’s 200th career win and goalie Tomas Vokoun’s 300th career win.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks saw their 11-game points streak snapped as they fell 3-1 to the Vancouver Canucks.

MLIVE.COM: Jimmy Howard’s goaltending and special team play were crucial as the Detroit Red Wings kept their playoff hopes alive with a 4-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers have no plans to rest goalie Henrik Lundqvist over the final week of the regular season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nor should they! The Rangers haven’t clinched a playoff berth yet, and to do it, they’ll need Lundqvist between the pipes.

CSN BAY AREA: Logan Couture has become part of the San Jose Sharks leadership group.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect Couture will one day become captain of the Sharks.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes fans and media are discovering Alexander Semin is difficult to know.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Semin is a very private person who doesn’t like to speak with the press. Still, he seems rejuvenated since joining the Hurricanes.

NJ.COM: Devils captain Bryce Salvador won’t require surgery (for now) on his injury hand, but he won’t be returning this season.

THE SPORTING NEWS: NY Islanders defenseman Radek Martinek on his return from potentially career-ending concussions.

PHILLY.COM: Flyers defenseman Kent Huskins (concussion) could return to the lineup before season’s end.

MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers promising center Nick Bjugstad is adjusting to live in the NHL after making the jump this season from the NCAA.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators will miss the playoffs, but their fans haven’t abandoned them.

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  1. “I expect Couture will one day become captain of the Sharks.” darn toot’n. If not next year, in two when Jumbo Joe’s contract expires. He has put the team on his back in the second half of this season