NHL Postseason Morning Coffee Headlines – Thursday, May 16, 2013.

The Blackhawks down the Red Wings in Game One of their Conference Semifinal, Bruins and Rangers prepare to start their series, Raffi Torres faces suspension again, and more.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/DETROIT FREE PRESS: Patrick Sharp had a goal and two assists as the Chicago Blackhawks thumped the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven conference semifinal. The Blackhawks outshot 41-21, including 35-14 over the second and third periods.

BOSTON GLOBE/NEW YORK POST: The Boston Bruins face going into their conference semifinal series against the NY Rangers shorthanded on defense, as Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference skipped yesterday’s practice while Wade Redden briefly skated. Meanwhile, struggling Rangers center Brad Richards is adjusting to his demotion to the fourth line.

Raffi Torres faces another suspension, this time for this hit on Jarret Stoll (28).

Raffi Torres faces another suspension, this time for this hit on Jarret Stoll (28).

LOS ANGELES TIMES: San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres has been suspended pending a hearing in NYC today over his hit on LA Kings forward Jarret Stoll, who is now listed as day-to-day with a head injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s considerable debate over whether Torres deserves a suspension this time as it appears he was going for a shoulder-to-shoulder hit on the play. Ultimately, given Torres’ history and reputation, I expect he’ll be suspended for the remainder of the Sharks-Kings series.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis scores more goals five-on-five than most NHL stars.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dupuis was on pace for a career year when his stats for this season (20 goals, 38 points in 48 games) are prorated over an 82-game schedule. His six goals thus far in this year’s playoffs has him tied with Patrick Sharp for the playoff goalscoring lead.

NHL.COM: The Ottawa Senators have ruled out center Jason Spezza for Game Two of the Senators-Penguins conference semifinal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I wouldn’t be surprised if Spezza makes his debut during Game Three or Four in Ottawa.

SPORTING NEWS: The NHL has confirmed two games will be played in Yankee Stadium next season. The first will be between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils on January 26, followed by the Rangers and Islanders on January 29.

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils have begun contract talks with pending UFA forward David Clarkson but has yet to do so with Patrik Elias.

PHILLY.COM: Ilya Bryzgalov said something controversial again, saying he believes  Joseph Stalin was a good leader.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika looks at several coaching options for the Stars.


  1. In the video, Stoll seems well enough to jump up and go after Raffi. I’m not sure why the players are even invited to the “hearing” either. It always seems like they just go to hear why, and don’t really get a chance to plead their case. Lyle, do you have any insight into how the suspension/hearing process works?

      • Thanks Lyle! I’m still at the office, so I’m gona have to watch when I get home. Honesty I’m not expecting much, but it should be interesting none the less, especially if they explain why so many questionable plays don’t get any attention

  2. Since Spezza will take a least a couple of games to get his timing back and he’s only practiced once with the team, if the Sens don’t win game 2.. Spezza’s return will be too late…

    • Lyle may want a re-do on his gutsy prediction of a Sen’s series win over the Penguins. lol I sincerely hope I’m wrong but I can’t see Ottawa upsetting Pittsburgh. Although Karlsson is contributing he hasn’t looked anything like himself during these playoff’s. Pittsburgh is incredibly strong with two number one centre’s along with a wealth of other skill guys. If Spezza does return it’s very unlikely he’ll be playing at the level of a #1 although he may be able to help in the face-off circle or power plays. (With all respect to Kyle Turris, at this stage of his young career he’s just not there yet).
      This is going to be a tough task for the Senator’s but to their credit they’ve faced and overcome adversity throughout this season which should be worth something. They really need to win this game on Friday or it may prove to be too big a hole for them to dig out of…

  3. Wow….just hasn’t worked out for Brad in the Big Apple – can we say Buy Out? Another Ranger signing in the same vein as Gomez, Drury and Redden. Can’t wait to see what happens when the season is finished.