Pro Hockey Talk "If the NHL’s supplementary discipline decisions regarding spearing to … precious areas in the early going of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs are any indication, a cup/athletic supporter is becoming a mandatory piece of equipment. (Some athletes tend to forego that option for the sake of comfort..." April 19
CBSSports.com "The Colorado Avalanche may have gotten by the Minnesota Wild in dramatic fashion in Game 1, but it sure would be nice for them to have leading scorer Matt Duchene back. That probably won't happen in the first round series according to head coach Patrick Roy. Duchene has been out since suffering..." April 19
Pro Hockey Talk "The Blues will get a big lift to their lineup in Game 2 with the return of T.J. Oshie. Oshie took warmups with the team and skated on a line with David Backes and Alex Steen, the Blues’ usual top line. Brenden Morrow was scratched to make room for him. Oshie has missed the past three games..." April 19
Milan Lucic gets a $5,000 fine for spearing Danny Dekeyser in the privates.
NHL.com "Patrick Roy has been watching the Nathan MacKinnon show for three years, two in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and as Colorado Avalanche coach since training camp, and it never gets old. "I've been impressed with him from the first time I saw him play a game," Roy said Friday. "From..." April 19
Washington Post "No matter how a Washington Capitals season ends, who the coach is, how the roster is constructed or which way the team is trying to play, the majority of the criticism levied upon the organization is directed toward Alex Ovechkin. Nine seasons into his NHL career, there’s no one more aware of..." April 19
Palat said he'll be a game-time decision on Sunday. Said the Johnson hit on April 11 vs. Columbus caused the problem.
Newark Star-Ledger "The Devils will not be targeting a shootout specialist this summer, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be shopping for some offensive help. And if general manager Lou Lamoriello remains true to form, he just might inquire about bringing right winger Brian Gionta back to New Jersey. Lamoriello..." April 19
Pro Hockey Talk "Rookie forward Nathan MacKinnon didn’t wilt under the pressure of making his postseason debut. The 18-year-old forward had three assists to help Colorado earn a 5-4 overtime win over Minnesota on Thursday. His efforts didn’t go unnoticed by Wild coach Mike Yeo, who wants to see his team make an..." April 19
Montreal Gazette "The Canadiens are coming home with a 2-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series. The Canadiens defeated the Lightning 4-1 Friday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum as Carey Price made 26 saves. He missed his fourth career playoff..." April 19
Fox Sports "Ryan Getzlaf looked every bit the part of a grizzled hockey player Friday night: Front tooth missing, fat lip and a new scratches on his face to go along with the thick, stitched-up gash across his chin. The scene in the locker room was much different than what had unfolded in an Orange..." April 19
Detroit Free Press "Pavel Datsyuk put the Detroit Red Wings up on a horse, and off they rode into the Boston night. The Wings got a huge opening boost in their first-round series against the Presidents’ Trophy champion Bruins, leaving TD Garden Friday with a 1-0 victory that now gives Detroit home-ice advantage...." April 19
NHL.com " The National Hockey League has fined Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville $25,000 for inappropriate conduct during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoff First Round series against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, Apr. 17. The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation." April 19
Newsday "The Islanders will select fifth in the 2014 NHL draft after the league's draft lottery was conducted Tuesday night -- unless general manager Garth Snow decides to send that pick to the Sabres to complete the Thomas Vanek trade. The Florida Panthers, who had the second-best percentage to win..." April 19
Chicago Tribune "Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville apologized Friday for an obscene gesture he made during the second overtime of the Hawks' 4-3 loss to the Blues in Game 1 of the playoffs on Thursday night. "I was definitely excited and disappointed at the call," Quenneville said. "I apologize for my..." April 18
From Hitchcock, Oshie is out for Game 2 unless he hears otherwise, but Bouwmeester, who did return for OT3 last night, will play Saturday.
The NHL is looking into the gesture made by #Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville during last night's loss to the Blues. No action taken yet.
Sports Business Daily "Philadelphia attorney and hedge fund manager Andrew Barroway is no longer alone in his pursuit of the Islanders. According to a financial industry source, Islanders Owner Charles Wang has received interest in his team from at least two other potential buyers. "The Islanders are a year away..." April 18
CBSSports.com "With injuries to key players left and right all year, one has to wonder which member of the Tampa Bay Lightning walked under a ladder. Lightning head coach Jon Cooper had a great quote in his meeting with the media Thursday that offers a glimpse into their mindset when it comes to dealing with the..." April 18
#Caps Alex Ovechkin will join the national team for the IIHF Worlds on April 20; Evgeny Kuznetsov will join a day earlier.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Alex Steen scored 26 seconds into the third overtime as the Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in a marathon Game 1 of the NHL Western Conference quarterfinals Thursday at Scottrade Center. David Backes and Steve Ott assisted on the play, as Ott centered the puck to a crashing Steen. He..." April 18
Denver Post "The #WhyNotUs Avalanche seemed to be headed toward a #BecauseThat'sWhy answer from the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Thursday night. A team that appeared nervous much of the night in a favored, home-ice role against the Wild regrouped to pull..." April 18
New York Post "This was all supposed to be about discipline, and it turned out being about gravity. That’s because as Flyers rookie Jason Akeson fell to the Garden ice midway through the third period of Game 1 on Thursday night, his stick flew wildly upward, hard into the upper lip of the Rangers’ Carl..." April 18
San Jose Mercury News "The Sharks scored only 10 goals a year ago in their seven-game playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings and goalie Jonathan Quick. Thursday night they had half that number in just two periods in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series, then held on for a 6-3 victory over the Kings that saw..." April 18
NHL.com "Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has a deep facial laceration but X-rays were negative and he is expected to play in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round series Friday at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS (JIP), FS-SW, PRIME), according to the team. Getzlaf was struck by Tyler..." April 18
Palat a game-time decision, Cooper said, and added not to expect to see Bishop (elbow) "any time soon."
CBSSports.com "The St. Louis Blues will open their series on Thursday night at home against the defending champs -- a second straight postseason they've had that distinction -- but won't be doing so with their full lineup. There was some growing hope that T.J. Oshie would be available to play against the..." April 17
NHL.com "The brace around Patrick Kane's left knee is hidden by his red socks, but there's no hiding the fact that the Chicago Blackhawks star right wing has to learn to deal with the new, cumbersome piece of equipment if he's going to be as valuable in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as he was last year, when he..." April 17
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Like the “humongous” universe he was so fascinated by during HBO’s ‘‘24/7,’’ the Ilya Bryzgalov YouTube library is vast and endless. Type his name into the search field, and you’ll find out Bryz- galov is afraid of bears in the forest. You’ll hear how the Wild goaltender thinks Siberian huskies..." April 17
NHL.com "The sting of last season's Stanley Cup Playoffs was a talking point for the Anaheim Ducks in training camp. It was referenced liberally this week and literally worn on their sleeves in the form of "Unfinished Business" T-shirts. They followed through Wednesday with a 4-3 win against the Dallas..." April 17
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Evgeni Malkin dumped a puck early. A third-liner scored the go-ahead goal late. The Penguins held onto a lead. This was not a perfect opening to the Stanley Cup playoffs, but it provided a look at how things are different with these Penguins. Start, as veteran winger Craig Adams did, with..." April 17
Montreal Gazette "Dale Weise scored at 17:08 of overtime to give the Canadiens a 5-4 win over the Lightning Wednesday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The win gave the Canadiens 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final series. Back and forth: These teams were miserly during their..." April 17
Buffalo News "In order to confidently rebuild the Sabres, General Manager Tim Murray and coach Ted Nolan will want trusted advisers, guys they’ve known through their years in hockey. To bring in those people, they need to get rid of the holdovers they inherited. Nolan started the changes..." April 17
Berube confirms Mason is out for Game 1. Emery is 7-2-0 lifetime against the Rangers - one blemish was that March 26 loss at the Garden.
NHL.com "The Dallas Stars are ready to go. After battling down the stretch to secure the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, the Stars are now ready to open their first round series against the top-seeded Ducks tonight at Honda Center in Anaheim. “They feel loose, good spirit. I don’t get any..." April 16
NHL.com "Paul Maurice is returning as coach of the Winnipeg Jets, agreeing Wednesday to a four-year contract. "Quite honestly it really didn't take that long," Jets executive vice president and general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said. "He's an impressive hockey coach, but he's an impressive person as..." April 16
This 1st round has the makings to be the best 1st round in the salary cap era, all 16 teams are strong, skilled and determined with no team having a huge edge over the other. If you enjoyed the regular season, let us remind you, you ain't seen nothing yet. April 16
Sabres Digital Press Box "The Buffalo Sabres today announced several changes to the team’s coaching staff, effective immediately: Assistant coaches Joe Sacco and Jerry Forton have been offered reassignment within the organization’s hockey department; the contract of assistant coach Teppo Numminen will not be renewed;..." April 16
Pro Hockey Talk "A year after losing out on the No. 1 pick, the Florida Panthers flipped the script. Florida won the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, edging out Buffalo for top spot despite the Sabres holding superior odds for the first overall pick. Last year, the Panthers were on the other end of this..." April 16
Raleigh News & Observer "It’s hard to imagine the Carolina Hurricanes without Eric Staal or Cam Ward. They starred on the Canes’ 2006 Stanley Cup team. They’ve become fixtures with the franchise. Staal has been the team captain since January 2010. But the Hurricanes now have missed the Stanley Cup playoffs five..." April 16
Detroit News "Henrik Zetterberg is hopeful, but also realistic. Zetterberg would like to play in this first-round series against Boston, and because it doesn’t begin until Friday, he essentially has two bonus days to get well. But after having back surgery in late February, he knows this entire..." April 16
No Bishop for Game 1 for Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens.
Newark Star-Ledger "It's just a couple of days since Martin Brodeur was thanked by Devils fans in what could have been his final game in New Jersey. So, of course he hasn't decided his future just yet, but he is thinking about returning to play in the NHL next year. But the legendary goaltender will be back to..." April 15
CBSSports.com "The Philadelphia Flyers had some business to take care of before the playoffs begin; signing defenseman Andrew MacDonald to a contract extension. MacDonald, 27, was acquired by the Flyers at the trade deadline this season in a deal with the Islanders. He was expendable to the Isles despite..." April 15
NHL.com "They were only three words, but seemed to hold more importance when spoken Monday by Jonathan Toews, the captain of the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. How does he feel, physically, after sitting out the final six games of the regular season with an upper-body..." April 15
CBSSports.com "It has been a few weeks since Evgeni Malkin played for the Pittsburgh Penguins thanks to a foot injury but from the look of things, he might return just in time for the real fun to begin. Malkin took to the ice with the Penguins on Tuesday and from his account, things went really well. So well..." April 15
Red Wings Front "The Detroit Red Wings are getting healthy at the right time. And the injury update hopes to get even better after practice Tuesday. Henrik Zetterberg will be on the ice at the start of practice Tuesday as the Wings prepare for their opening round series with the Boston Bruins, which begins..." April 15
WEEI Boston "Multiple Bruins are dealing with the flu, Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Tuesday’s practice. Missing from the practice were Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille, Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson, Matt Bartkowski, Andrej Meszaros and Kevan Miller. Julien would not specify which Bruins have the flu..." April 15
Senators Extra "Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk confirmed that head coach Paul MacLean will be back behind the bench next season, but he was vague on the future of captain Jason Spezza. Melnyk, speaking in a conference call with Ottawa-based reporters Tuesday, answered a wide ranging assortment of..." April 15