NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 20, 2016

Date for NHL Draft Lottery revealed, John Tortorella reaches a coaching milestone & more in today’s collection of notable NHL headlines. The 2016 Playoff Race. LOS ANGELES TIMES: Goaltender Jonathan Quick’s 28-save performance backstopped the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins, clinching a playoff berth for the Kings. They are […]

Kings become 1st Western Conference team to clinch playoff berth

The Los Angeles Kings are heading back to the postseason, clinching a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

The Kings needed only a point against the Bruins to clinch, following the Arizona Coyotes' loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Los Angeles became first team in the Western Conference to book a playoff spot this season, doing so for the sixth time in the last seven campaigns.

The Kings won their fourth consecutive game, and sixth in the last seven.

They lead the Pacific Division with a 44-22-5 record and 93 points.

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Maple Leafs’ Babcock vows to address post-whistle ‘fooling around’

The Toronto Maple Leafs' offense erupted for four goals Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres, but head coach Mike Babcock was critical of the team's post-whistle shenanigans.

The Maple Leafs potted four regulation goals for just the second time in their last 17 games, but Babcock was clearly more focused on the team's rough stuff after the whistle.

"Well, I think we're obviously going to look after that in the offseason, I can promise you that," he said, according to TSN's Mark Masters. "There'll be none of that fooling around going on. But, we're a group, obviously we don't have a lot of that now, but we'll get that fixed."

Babcock was also cautious in giving out too much credit to his young roster despite the team collecting its third win in four games, and appeared to take a jab at the opposition.

"One of the things you have to be real careful of this time of the year is when you're a non-playoff team is over-evaluating what you have because the team is playing against you some nights isn't prepared to play," he said, according to Jonas Siegel of The Canadian Press.

Babcock said there would be pain this season, and it appears wins won't deter that.

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VIDEO: Stars’ Eaves steals puck, goes end-to-end for breakaway goal

The Dallas Stars might be just fine without Tyler Seguin.

Patrick Eaves scored a highlight-reel goal against the New York Islanders on Saturday night, pulling off an impressive steal of the puck in his own zone, skating undeterred into the other end, and converting his own rebound on a breakaway.

Eaves, Ales Hemsky, and Cody Eakin provided all of the game's offense as the Stars defeated the Islanders 3-0.

(Video courtesy: NHL.com)

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