NHL Postseason Morning Coffee Headlines – June 4, 2013.

Bruins crush the Penguins to take a 2-0 series lead, Blackhawks and Kings prepare for Game 3, Lightning add an assistant coach, Devils search for one, and more.

Brad Marchand opens the scoring as the Bruins pound the Penguins 6-1.

Brad Marchand opens the scoring as the Bruins pound the Penguins 6-1.

BOSTON GLOBE/TRIBLIVE.COM: The Boston Bruins routed the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-1 to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Conference Final. Among the reasons why the Penguins find themselves in this mess is their top players have been held off the score sheet thus far.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins have done a magnificent job shutting down the Penguins, who’ve appeared frustrated and confused throughout the opening two games of the Conference Final. If you told me Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Pascal Dupuis, Jarome Iginla and Chris Kunitz would be held pointless through the first two games, I’d have adviced you to stop abusing solvents. The biggest challenge now falls to Penguins coach Dan Bylsma to find a way to counter the Bruins stingy defense and get his scorers on the board. Otherwise, this series will be over by the weekend.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Blackhawks have a good road record but are aware the LA Kings haven’t lost at home yet in this year’s playoffs. To continue that trend, Kings center Anze Kopitar and linemate Dustin Brown must get on the score sheet.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kopitar has one goal in his last eleven playoff games, Brown one in his last seven. For the Kings to get back into this series against the Blackhawks, these two must start scoring, especially in Game Three tonight. If the defending champs lose tonight, they’ll be in a hole too deep to get out of against a determined Blackhawks team.

CBC.CA: Mandatory visors, hybrid icing and goaltender equipment are on the agenda for today’s NHL competition committee meeting.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given Marc Staal’s eye injury back in March, I expect the committee will recommend grandfathering in mandatory visor usage.

USA TODAY: Phoenix Coyotes winger Paul Bissonnette used his thousands of Twitter followers to return a lost wallet he found in the back of a cab to its rightful owners.

NJ.COM: Devils coach Peter DeBoer continues his search for a new assistant coach.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired former Vancouver Canucks assistant coach Rick Bowness as their new assistant coach.


  1. I thought the Broons were getting swept by the great Penguins? They were if you listened to the media, and all the Habs, Canucks, and Pens fans on the internet.

    Thank you, Spector, for giving the Broons some credit; everyone else is talking only about the Pens.

    Is there a worse captain in the league than Captain Crybaby?

    Is there a better player in the NHL in the playoffs than David Krejci? Same in 2011 playoffs; he led all scorers.

  2. I am a Bruins fan, so you can take this with a grain of salt if you wish. Even amongst all the over confident Pens fans and all the other doubters, I still thought the Bruins were the better all around team before this series started. I wouldn’t have predicted this result after two games, but felt the Bruins certainly were capable. One thing that isn’t being brought up is that Byslma is being outcoached so far by Julien. Big time. It remains to be seen if he can right the ship, they certainly have the talent to do so, but do they have the heart and fortitude? A great deal of that comes from the leadership, and I don’t think the Pens are strong in that area.

    Also, I’m not sure who they put in net at this point. Both are shakey and their defense is so pourous I do not think they can stop the Bruins offense and big bodies.

    • Bylsma’s coaching is one of the most frequent thing being brought up across blogs and the media … NHL.com even had an article on it.

      Anyway, I certainly didn’t see this coming. The Bruins are a good team but I thought there would be a bit too much firepower for them to contain (as the Sens are an even more stingy defensive team with a better goalie). Bruins are showing some sick composure right now and are forcing the Pens off their game.

      I have no idea what is going on in LA … should be an even series in reality, but the Hawks are making them look like children.

  3. Wow! Color me shocked! The only thing more surprising than the 0-2 hole in which the Kings and Pens find themselves, is the sheer domination and ease with which both the Bruins and Hawks have handled their respective opponents so far. Really figured on both series being 1-1 heading to new venues, but things are shaping up for an original six final, unless LA and Pitt can find their game in time to salvage their season. The Kings look tired and slow, perhaps as a result of the toll extracted from their two earlier series. The Pens, meanwhile. have lost all semblance of a team game, and despite all the talent that they possess, individual efforts are not going to swing their fortunes.