NHL Postseason Morning Coffee Headlines – Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

Recaps of Monday’s NHL postseason action, the 2013 Calder Trophy finalists are announced, the Sabres coaching search continues, more financial problems for the Coyotes, and more.

BOSTON GLOBE/TORONTO SUN: Milan Lucic and David Krejci each had three-point performances as the Boston Bruins spoiled the Toronto Maple Leafs first home playoff game in nine years with a 5-2 victory, taking a 2-1 lead in the series.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  The wheels fell off for the Leafs in the second period, especially after Nathan Horton scored to make it 3-1 less than a minute after Jake Gardiner had cut the Bruins lead to 2-1. That was the game’s turning point.

Damien Brunner celebrates his OT goal over the Anaheim Ducks.

Damien Brunner celebrates his OT goal over the Anaheim Ducks.

DETROIT FREE PRESS/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Damien Brunner scored in overtime as the Detroit Red Wings rallied from a 2-1 deficit to down the Anaheim Ducks 3-2, tying their best-of-seven series at two games apiece.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The game-tying goal came from Pavel Datsyuk, who beat Ducks goalie Jona Hiller with a water bottle-popping high wrister.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/WASHINGTON POST: The return of defenseman Marc Staal and a late third period goal by Derek Stepan lifted the New York Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals, narrowing the Capitals series lead to 2-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals had a great chance to force overtime with a late period power-play, but the Rangers did a superb job of penalty killing, not giving the Capitals a clear opportunity for a shot on goal. This game was vastly superior to the Game Two yawnfest.

LOS ANGELES TIMES/STLTODAY.COM: Unanswered third period goals by Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams rallied the LA Kings from a 3-2 deficit to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues, tying the series 2-2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pundit Mark Spector recently declared this series a “travesty”. Dunno what Kings-Blues series he’s been watching, because this one is arguably the best of this year’s playoffs thus far. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks will up their intensity against the Minnesota Wild, but won’t deviate from their successful style.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild rookies Jason Zucker, Charlie Coyle and Jonas Brodin are bonding and improving as their series against the Chicago Blackhawks continues.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This trio are part of the Wild much-talked-about depth in young talent, and they’re making a positive impression in this series against the Blackhawks. 

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: The absence of veteran blueliner Brooks Orpik is showing for the Penguins, as they struggle to adjust to the speed of the NY Islanders.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins have really had difficulty in their own zone shutting down the Islanders.

CSNBAYAREA.COM: Discipline has been key for the San Jose Sharks in their series against the Vancouver Canucks. The Sharks lead their best-of-seven series 3-0 and can sweep the series in Game Four tonight.

NHL.COM: Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau, Chicago’s Brandon Saad, and Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher were named finalists for the 2013 Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Edmonton’s Nail Yakupov, the leading scorer among all rookies this season, was surprisingly excluded from the list.

TAMPABAY.COM: The Lightning have signed defenseman Radko Gudas to a three-year, $2.975 million contract extension.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres coaching search continues.

AZCENTRAL.COM: The ongoing saga of the Phoenix Coyotes ownership situation continues.