Game recaps, plus updates on Jakub Voracek, Patrick Kane, Erik Cole, Ryan O’Reilly and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Braden Holtby tied the franchise record for wins (41) and shutouts (9) backstopping the Capitals to a 3-0 win over the Boston Bruins. Having already clinched a playoff berth, the Capitals need only one more point to clinch home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Jamie Benn collected three assists and Patrick Eaves scored twice to lead the Dallas Stars to a 4-0 blanking of the Anaheim Ducks. Benn now has 83 points, vaulting him into a three-way tie with New York Islanders center John Tavares and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby for the lead in the NHL scoring race. Jhonas Enroth made 19 saves for the victory.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers leading scorer Jakub Voracek has emerged as a leading light in an other miserable season for the club.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks can’t sit back and wait for Patrick Kane to be their playoff savior.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Despite the Pittsburgh Penguins late-season swoon, GM Jim Rutherford defends the work of head coach Mike Johnston, saying he’s done a good job with what he’s had to work with. The Penguins have been hampered by injuries, sitting fifth in man-games lost to injury this season with 333.
MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings winger Erik Cole is done for the season and the playoffs after suffering a spinal-cord contusion. It’s also left Cole’s NHL career in jeopardy. “Doctors feel that right now there’s just a little too much risk for me to be playing so just going to have to wait and see how things go down the road,” said Cole.
THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly has enjoyed a late-season surge in his production, pushing his numbers to 38 assists and 55 points.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: After a long and difficult season, Sabres young defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen is seeing an improvement in his numbers.