Capitals have Rangers at the brink of elimination, Adams Trophy finalists announced and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

 Game Recaps and Playoff Headlines.

Andrew Burakovsky scores one of his two goals against the Rangers.

Capitals rooki Andrew Burakovsky scores one of his two goals against the New York Rangers.

THE WASHINGTON POST/NEW YORK POST: Rookie Andre Burakovsky scored twice to lift the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 Game Four win over the New York Rangers, taking a commanding 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven series. The Rangers have struggled to score in this series, who find themselves on the brink of playoff elimination.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers found themselves in a similar position in the second round of last year’s playoffs but rallied back to win the series. They must find a way to crack the Capitals’ tight-checking defense and unflappable goaltender Braden Holtby or their President’s Trophy-winning season comes to an end on Friday. Perhaps facing elimination on home ice in Game Five will inspire the Blueshirts. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: After a shaky start to the 2015 playoffs, the Blackhawks are reaching peak form as they’re on the verge of eliminating the Minnesota Wild for the third straight year.

TWINCITIES.COM: Down 3-0 in their best-of-seven series to the Blackhawks, the Minnesota Wild are hoping to use their midseason turnaround as inspiration to stave off elimination.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Game Four of the Blackhawks-Wild series is tonight, with the ‘Hawks looking to complete the sweep. 

Other Notable Headlines.

NHL.COM: Calgary’s Bob Hartley, Nashville’s Peter Laviolette and the New York Rangers’ Alain Vigneault are finalists for the Jack Adams trophy as NHL coach of the year

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Laviolette and Vigneault are worthy finalists, and I think Winnipeg’s Paul Maurice or Washington’s Barry Trotz would’ve deserved a nod. But the obvious winner here is Hartley, who did a magnificent job turning a rebuilding Flames team into a playoff club this season.

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars backup and pending UFA Jhonas Enroth told a Swedish hockey site he’s unlikely to return to Dallas next season.

NHL.COM: The Nashville Predators have signed goaltender Marek Mazanec to a one-year contract.