NHL Postseason Morning Coffee Headlines – Sunday, May 19, 2013.

Sharks down Kings in overtime, Red Wings beat Blackhawks to tie their series, updates on the Penguins, Senators, Bruins and Rangers, plus the latest on Eric Staal.

Logan Couture celebrates his OT goal against the Kings on Saturday.

Logan Couture celebrates his OT goal against the Kings on Saturday.

MERCURYNEWS.COM/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Logan Couture scored in overtime as the San Jose Sharks nipped the LA Kings 2-1 to narrow the Kings series lead two games to one. Couture had been injured earlier in the game but returned and played the third period and overtime. The Kings, however, weren’t pleased with the officiating. The Sharks, meanwhile, were fined $100K by the league following GM Doug Wilson’s critical comments of the league’s suspension of Raffi Torres.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The questionable officiating unfortunately overshadowed a fine effort by the Sharks, who ramped up the physical play to get themselves back into this series.

DETROIT NEWS/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg led his team at both ends of the ice as the Wings downed the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1, tying their best of seven series at a game apiece. Zetterberg had two assists and shut down Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a statement game by the Red Wings, sending a message to the Blackhawks they’ve still got plenty of fight left in them. This series could be a long one.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/CSNNE.COM: NY Rangers coach John Tortorella says Carl Hagelin “stinks” on the power-play, while the offensive struggles of young Boston Bruins star Tyler Seguin continues.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tortorella certainly doesn’t mince words when criticizing one of his players. Seguin should count his blessings Claude Julien isn’t cut from the same cloth.

OTTAWA CITIZEN/POST-GAZETTE.COM: The Ottawa Senators hope to get a lift from the return of Jason Spezza in Game Three today, while Marc-Andre Fleury’s status hasn’t been a distraction for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Senators fans should temper their enthusiasm over Spezza’s return. While he could help, he hasn’t played a meaningful game since early February, so it could take him some time to get fully back into game shape. Fleury’s inconsistency explains why GM Ray Shero acquired Tomas Vokoun last year.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Eric Staal suffered a third-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee when he suffered a knee-on-knee collision with Alexander Edler last week at the World Hockey Championships. No surgery is required, though Staal will face three months of rehabilitation.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Staal got very lucky he wasn’t more seriously hurt. This means he should be ready to go for training camp in September.


  1. Great news for Canes fans and for Eric Staal. Given how much pain he was in, I assumed his injury was much worse.

  2. Gosh those knee injuries are scary. Glad he’s expected to recover. A couple years ago, my younger brother popped his MCL in what appeared to be a harmless collision. The sound is enough to make you queasy. Can’t imagine the level of pain. My brother described it as every time his heart beat someone whacked his leg with a baseball bat. Luckily he made a full recovery, and now wears a carbon-fiber brace when he skates. Here’s hoping Staal has a speedy and complete recovery as well.

  3. Spezza hasn’t played since January.. had surgery Feb 1st.

    If Spezza helps that awful Sens PP and draws the top defensive defensemen & forwards.. hopefully leaves a little less pressure on Alfie & Turris… then I’m okay with that…

    No one is expecting miracles, four months is a long time to not be playing.. His timing will really be off.. hope it comes back pretty quickly.