NHL Postseason Morning Coffee Headlines – Monday, May 20, 2013.

The Senators down the Penguins in double OT, the Bruins thump the Rangers, updates on the Red Wings, Blackhawks, Kings & Sharks,  Patrick Roy reportedly in the running for Avalanche coaching job, and more.

Colin Greening celebrates his OT goal over the Penguins in Game 3.

Colin Greening celebrates his OT goal over the Penguins in Game 3.

OTTAWA CITIZEN/POST-GAZETTE.COM: A late goal by Daniel Alfredsson forced overtime, setting the stage for Colin Greening’s double overtime goal as the Ottawa Senators downed the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1.  The Penguins power-play, usually effective in this year’s playoffs, went 0-6 in this game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a big win for the Senators, as a loss would’ve put them down 3-0 in the series. Sens goalie Craig Anderson, pulled in Game Two, was outstanding in this one, making 49 saves.

BOSTON GLOBE/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Boston Bruins offense came alive in Game Two to pound the New York Rangers 5-2, putting the Bruins up two games to none in this series. Johnny Boychuk, Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic scored three unanswered goals to put this one away for Boston.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers popgun offense remains the story, especially their woeful powerplay (2 for 36 in the playoffs to date). Henrik Lundqvist’s stellar goaltending overcame his team’s lack of scoring against Washington and kept Game One of this series close, but he cannot do it all by himself. If this trend continues, the Blueshirts will be golfing by week’s end.

 MLIVE.COM/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is pleased with the performance of his young players like Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson, Damien Brunner, Brendan Smith, Jakub Kindl and Jonathan Ericsson in this year’s playoffs. Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg, a healthy scratch in the first two games of this series, will play in Game Three.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The knock on those younger Wings entering this year’s playoffs was their lack of post-season experience, but given how they’ve all risen to the occasion, it’s obviously not a problem. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES/MERCURYNEWS.COM: The LA Kings cannot afford for goaltender Jonathan Quick to lose his temper over the officiating in this series against the San Jose Sharks. Sharks winger Martin Havlat is not expected in the lineup for Game Four.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Quick, who received a game misconduct at the conclusion of Game Three for abuse of officials, won’t receive supplemental discipline.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth backstopped Sweden to the World Hockey Championship title.

DENVER POST: Former Colorado Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy is rumored in the mix for the club’s vacant head coaching position. Roy is owner/GM/head coach of the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Roy has been linked to the Avs in the past, as well as to the Montreal Canadiens, but always declined citing his ties to the Remparts. The fact Roy’s former captain Joe Sakic is now VP of hockey operations might convince the Hall of Famer to return to the Avs.


  1. The Penguins are in trouble IMO. If the Senators can’t build off this momentum and mount a comeback it is very likely they are going to run into the Bruins, I had picked the Penguins to go all the way … but the Bruins have speed, defense, goaltending, and the ability to score.

    Bruins vs Senators would make a better series in the finals IMO.

    • You obviously didn’t watch the bruins pens season series.

      • The regular season doesn’t count here, that has been proven time and time and time and time again.

        • Exactly… Sens never won a regular season game this season against the Pens… well considering what they were missing from their lineup explains that.

          Last night was the first game this season that the Sens had their full lineup.

          I’m happy they won a game and won’t get swept. The Pens should win this series.. but as a Sens fan I want them to know they were in a series…

          The Pens were held to 1 goal for the first time in the playoffs this season.

          Be very happy if the Sens can pull even in game 2.

          As for Quick going after the refs… understandable when you think the calls are going against your team. Very similar to those so-called experienced refs in Ottawa last night.. That was disgraceful.

          If you are giving leeway to one team…. then you give it to the other as well. If you let them play it should be both teams. All teams want to be treated fair by the refs during the game… but last night in Ottawa that didn’t happen.

          I never realized until the Sens played the Pens in the playoffs. the stuff the Pens get away with. Two highsticks, spearing, interference..

          Once the refs gave the Sens that penalty late in period 3.. the Pens just relaxed and felt they already won the game. Well you want it, you work for it and that’s just what the Sens did last night.

  2. JJB, I’m a big fan of the Senator’s and I like your optimism but Pittsburgh is incredibly deep this season and Ottawa isn’t. The Sen’s will be a force in two years.