NHL Postseason Morning Coffee Headlines – June 6, 2013.

Bruins defeat Penguins to take 3-0 series lead, Gregory Campbell suffers a broken leg, Duncan Keith suspended for one game, NHL to consider reducing the size of goalie equipment, and much more.

Patrice Bergeron (r) celebrates his game-winning goal with Brad Marchand.

Patrice Bergeron (r) celebrates his game-winning goal with Brad Marchand.

BOSTON GLOBE/TRIBLIVE.COM: Patrice Bergeron scored in double overtime and Tuukka Rask made 53 saves as the Boston Bruins edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 to take a 3-0 stranglehold on the series, with a chance to wrap things up on Friday night. A big reason for the Penguins dropping three straight in this series is their lackluster power-play, failing to score with the man-advantage in any of the games in this series. That’s due largely to the Bruins penalty kill, which suffered a serious loss when Gregory Campbell reportedly suffered a broken leg blocking an Evgeni Malkin shot, but continued to play the PK until the puck was cleared from the Bruins zone before hobbling off the ice.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins once again did a tremendous job shutting down the Penguins offense, but the Pens didn’t do themselves any favors. They’ve played mainly on the periphery in the Bruins zone, failing to generate much traffic in front of Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. Losing Campbell is a big blow to the Bruins PK. That shift he played on a broken leg was impressive and instantly became part of Bruins lore.

Penguins fans may be tempted to console themselves by remembering the Bruins blew a 3-0 series lead against the Philadelphia Flyers three years ago, but these Penguins aren’t those Flyers, and these Bruins are a better team than the 2010 version. In my opinion, this series is over. I’ve seen nothing from the Penguins to suggest they can overcome the checking blanket thrown over their offense by the Bruins.

LOS ANGELES TIMES/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES:  LA Kings forward Jeff Carter is none the worse for wear, apart from a line of stitches on his chin, from a high stick taken in the face from Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith, who was suspended for Game Four tonight. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, need more from Patrick Kane, who has yet to make his presence felt offensively in this series.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t expect Carter’s performance to be adversely affected by his facial injury. The Kings have a golden opportunity to tie this series tonight with Keith suspended and Kane struggling to score.

NHL.COM: Former LA Kings superstar Luc Robitaille will be inducted into the California Sports Hall of Fame this Sunday.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: The recent decline in goal scoring has the NHL again considering reducing the size of goaltender equipment.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Former Canucks coach Alain Vigneault could be the right fit as the NY Rangers new head coach.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’d be a better candidate than an inexperienced Mark Messier.

DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche re-signed enforcer Patrick Bordeleau to a multi-year contract. Terms were not released.

PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers have hired former Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki to scout European goaltending.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators have hired former Predator Scott Nichol their director of player personnel.

CSNBAYAREA: The HP Pavilion will be known starting next season as the SAP Center.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: NHL fans will continue to call it “The Shark Tank”. 

8 Comments

  1. Should be the Shark Tanks…….

  2. I’m very disappointed the Penguins are going to get it done.

    Being a Vancouverite, I still have no love for the Bruins, particularly Brad Marchand.

    But more importantly, I really wanted to see Sidney Crosby do it. After he scored the golden goal in 2010 I swore I’d never bet against him again.

    I think he in unarguably the best player int he world, and of his generation. I’d like to see him to pad his legacy with another Cup or two before he’s done to truly cement him up there in the same breath as Mario, who was my childhood hero.

    It would have also been nice for Jarome. It’s not an ideal way to get your Cup, to jump ship and pick a stacked team, but who am I to say anything against him for it. It’s not his fault how Calgary was managed for all those years.

    And to the haters who are happy to see Pittsburgh go down because they were trying to “buy a Cup” – I just don’t see it that way under a salary cap, level playing field. If it’s a New York Yankees situation where your payroll is equivalent to the Royals, Rays, and Marlins combined, then I am right there with you in the schadenfreude zone, but with what Shero did in Pittsburgh this year, you just have to appreciate the fact he did a hell of a job acquiring a lot of talent.

    I think Cherry said this was going to come back to bite them in the butt, though… the whole idea of growing a team together – so adding all these names at the deadline, while undoubtedly upping your profile on paper, when it comes time to war int he trenches these guys won’t be, well… as entrenched.

    i dunno.

    Yeah…. overall I’m pretty down about this series. More bummed than I was when the Canucks went out in round 1.

    • *aren’t

  3. Seeing how easily the Bruins have handled the Pens and Rangers ( a combined 7-1 run) sure lessens the sting of the Leafs’ game seven collapse. The Buds battled back from a 3-1 hole and were within two minutes of doing what neither Pitt or New York were even close to doing. Got to figure it comes down to coaching, because from a roster perspective, the Pens and Rangers both look better on paper than TO. Coaching performances are often lost in the shuffle of post season heroics and legends being born, but there have been some fine examples of bench management this year, as teams adjust tactics, counter strategies and ready themselves for anticipated situations.

    • I would argue that the Leafs were a better team than the Rangers this year.

      • As a Leaf fan, I would agree, wholeheartedly. However, at the season’s outset, and again when they finished the season strongly, many considered the New Yorkers one of the top teams in the east. On paper, the Rangers appeared to have more to boast of than TO, with a world class goaltender, a strong D corps and some weapons up front. Comparing how the two fared against the Bruins in post season play would give a definite edge to the Leafs, and you’ve got to like their chances more than the Rangers, going forward.

  4. the NHL has once again missed the boat and as a result the thugs of beantown stand on the verge of a berth in the Cup. arguably boston has chosen to emulate the Broad Street Bullies tactic of committing so many fouls that the referees can’t call them all without appearing to show a bias but the reality is they play into boston’s hands by allowing their thuggery, ironically boston was the one team Flyer tough guy Dave Schultz was anxious to play against as they were tough but played clean. Lucic in particular is notable for hitting players from behind and in the final game of the Toronto series he drove Carl Gunnarsson into the boards (mirroring the play that got Daniel Sedin the penalty that ended the Canuck’s year earlier that week … the commentators even noted that during the play) with no call when a penalty was completely apparent and would’ve likely led to boston’s elimination, he picks his spots when it comes to being a tough guy as well ducking anyone that might beat him (notably Georges Laraque who challenged him several times only to have Lucic hide behind his coach’s skirt) while going after smaller players.

    • The inconsistency of the officiating is what I find particularly maddening. Referees will put the whistle away and “let them play” and then hide behind the explanation that they don’t want a play-off game decided by a questionable penalty call, but a non-call can have the exact result that they claim they are trying to avoid. Case in point, Jagr gets away with a hooking infraction that directly leads to Bergeron’s overtime winner in game three against the Pens, all but ending Pittsburgh’s play-off run. “Letting them play” certainly benefits the Bruins, who have had free reign to obstruct, interfere and maul Pittsburgh’s top players, but they’re to be commended because apparently, that’s play-off hockey…. again. Welcome back, dead puck era.