NHL Postseason Morning Coffee Headlines – Saturday, May 18, 2013.

The Penguins take a 2-0 series lead over the Senators, Sharks GM disagrees with Torres’ suspension, Bruins young defensemen rising to the occasion, and more.

Sidney Crosby celebrates one of his 3 goals against the Senators on Friday.

Sidney Crosby celebrates one of his 3 goals against the Senators on Friday.

TRIBLIVE.COM/OTTAWA CITIZEN: Sidney Crosby scored three times on four shots as the Pittsburgh Penguins held on for a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven conference semifinal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators kept it close, starting to bring speed to bear against the slower Penguins defense, and Pens goalie Tomas Vokoun was a tad shaky in this game, but ultimately the Sens couldn’t muster enough of an offensive challenge as the third period went on. It’s expected Jason Spezza could return to their lineup for Game Three. It’ll be interesting to see if Craig Anderson, who was pulled in favor of Robin Lehner, returns as the Sens starter for Game Three.

MERCURYNEWS.COM/LOS ANGELES TIMES: San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson strongly disagrees with the league’s decision to suspend Raffi Torres for the remainder of the Sharks-Kings series, but Torres won’t appeal the decision. He was suspended for a hit on Kings forward Jarret Stoll in Game One.  The Kings, meanwhile, hope their last-minute comeback in Game Two gives them an emotional edge over the Sharks as their series shifts to San Jose for Games 3 and 4.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The first two games of this series were very close, and the Sharks probably should have won Game Two, but they cannot afford to lose Game Three and fall behind the Kings 3-0. That’s a hole probably too deep to climb out of.

NEW YORK POST/BOSTON HERALD: Larry Brooks notes the decline of highly-paid Rangers center Brad Richards, who’s been shifted to the fourth line and seen his ice time reduced. The Bruins defense, meanwhile, has been bolstered by the play of young blueliners Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug, who’ve been pressed into service due to injuries to veterans Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Wade Redden.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Richards is looking more and more like a compliance buyout candidate. The play of those young blueliners has been a pleasant surprise for the Bruins. It could also relieve management from shopping for depth this summer.

MLIVE.COM/CSNCHICAGO:  Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock doesn’t intend to make significant roster changes for Game Two against the Chicago Blackhawks, but rather expects more energy and better execution of their game plan. The status of Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg for Game Two remains uncertain. Stalberg was a healthy scratch in Game One.

TAMPABAY.COM: Damian Cristodero asks, ” Will Martin St. Louis be a Hockey Hall of Famer?”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The answer, of course, is yes. 912 points in 979 regular season games (and counting). 68 points in 63 playoff games. Four seasons of 90-plus points. Two Art Ross trophies. 2004 Hart Trophy Winner. A two-time Lady Byng trophy winner. A Stanley Cup championship. The question isn’t “if” St. Louis makes the HHOF after his retirement, but “when”.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators want defenseman Roman Josi to get stronger in the off-season.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The NY Islanders have re-signed enforcer Eric Boulton to a one-year contract.

1 Comment

  1. While I know Doug Wilson doesn’t agree with the suspension of Torres, that is his reputation and when he checks another player, if it is anywhere near the head – he’ll be gone. The sad thing is that Torres has some skill and doesn’t need to play like that. But he is in the same class as Kaleta, Cooke, Carcillo, Hartnell and Lucic – players that are known for their hard and sometimes “cheap” hits.

    Its going to be interesting this off season with the addition of compliance buyouts – Richards, Briere, Hossa, Ruutu, Leino, Jones, Havlet, Upshell, and Lecavalier to name a few as I think some can really help out other teams.