NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

Recaps of Tuesday’s games featuring American NHL teams, plus the latest on Corey Perry, Ilya Bryzgalov and Martin Brodeur.


Corey Perry (R) could face a suspension for this hit on the Wild's Jason Zucker.

Corey Perry (R) could face a suspension for this hit on the Wild’s Jason Zucker.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/STARTRIBUNE.COM: Luca Sbisa’s third period goal was the winner as the Anaheim Ducks edged the Minnesota Wild 2-1, but all the talk was about Corey Perry’s blindside hit on Jason Zucker of the Wild.  Perry could be facing a suspension.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE/BOSTON GLOBE: The Pittsburgh Penguins rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the final six minutes and 18 seconds of the third period to edge the Boston Bruins 3-2.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Mikkel Boedker scored twice as the Phoenix Coyotes downed the Los Angeles Kings 5-2.

THE TENNESSEAN/DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Rich Clune, Nick Spaling, Shea Weber and Gabriel Bourque did the goal-scoring as the Nashville Predators blanked the Dallas Stars 4-0.

NEWSOBSERVER/WASHINGTON POST: Justin Peters made 26 saves backstopping the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-0 victory over the Washington Capitals.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Two teams heading in different directions in the Southeast.  Despite losing starting goalie Cam Ward to a knee injury, the Hurricanes have played well, while the Capitals continue to flounder, running out of time to gain ground in the division and conference standings. 

STLTODAY.COM/MERCURYNEWS.COM: Chris Stewart scored twice and Jake Allen made 39 saves as the St. Louis Blues doubled up the San Jose Sharks 4-2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Allen keeps playing like that, he can start apartment hunting in St. Louis, and Brian Elliott can forget about playing another game this season.

BUFFALO NEWS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Jhonas Enroth, filling in for a sidelined Ryan Miller (sinus infection), made 32 saves as the Buffalo Sabres downed the NY Rangers 3-1. The loss sparked a post-game tirade from Rangers coach John Tortorella, who said his team “sucked at a time that you can’t suck”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Colorful language from Tortorella, and an accurate assessment of his club’s performance.

TAMPA TRIBUNE/MIAMI HERALD:  The Florida Panthers dominated the Tampa Bay Lightning, out-shooting them 39-13, but still lost 3-2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been that kind of season for the Panthers. Even in the rare occasion they out-play an opponent, they lose.

PHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov believes his club’s upcoming home-and-home series against the New Jersey Devils are crucial toward saving their season. If the Flyers lose both games, Bryzgalov thinks their season is done.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bryzgalov gets grief for his outspokenness, but in this instance, I believe he’s correct. 

NEW YORK POST: New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur skated in practice Tuesday for the first time since hurting his back on February 24, but has no timetable yet for his return.


  1. Tortorella being Tortorella in the Big Apple. Makes you wonder when his tirades become just so much white noise to Ranger players and if his ranting and raving has lost the room.
    You can only scream at players (anyone) for just so long before they tune you out.

  2. You have to respect your players.. sometimes I wonder if Torts does that.

    He never has anything positive to say about the opposing team… it’s all negative on them and their opponents.