NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 10, 2019
Bruins draw first blood against Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final, John Tavares and Travis Dermott injured, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins scored four unanswered third-period goals to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. Power-play goals by Marcus Johansson and Patrice Bergeron 28 seconds apart sparked the Bruins comeback while goaltender Tuukka Rask made 29 saves. Game 2 will be Sunday afternoon (3 pm ET start) in Boston.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Penalties were the Hurricanes undoing in this one. Some of the calls, like Dougie Hamilton getting sent off for roughing, were debatable. However, Jordan Staal’s boarding penalty was an undisciplined infraction.
The inconsistent officiating cut both ways. The Hurricanes’ first goal was the result of a roughing penalty called on the Bruins Sean Kuraly after taking a shoulder to the face from Brock McGinn. The Hurricanes need a more disciplined effort going forward in this series.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs center John Tavares returned from the World Championships in Europe nursing an oblique strain. No word how long he’ll be sidelined. Meanwhile, Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott undergoes shoulder surgery today and will require six months to recover.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dermott will miss training camp and likely the opening month of the season.
SPORTSDAY: Dallas Stars forward Roope Hintz fractured his left foot in Game 6 of his club’s second-round series against the St. Louis Blues. He had painkilling injections and played over 23 minutes in Game 7.
Winger Mats Zuccarello admitted he still felt lingering pain from the broken right arm suffered in late-February that sidelined him for a month. Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak missed the entire second round with an injured knee while forward Mattias Janmark played through a fractured foot suffered in February or March. Blueliner Joel Hanley was sidelined by a shoulder injury.
TSN: Columbus Blue Jackets assistant general manager Bill Zito was in Seattle yesterday meeting with that city’s NHL expansion group. It’s not clear if they’ll be hiring management staff this summer or next.
THE DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings re-signed defenseman Dylan McIlrath to a two-year contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates it’s a two-way deal worth $700K annually at the NHL level.
Been told, don’t expect the #Canucks to qualify the contract of F Brendan Gaunce. The former 1st round pick in 2012 can use a change of scenery and fresh start elsewhere.
— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) May 9, 2019
Forward Kailer Yamamoto underwent successful wrist surgery & will be sidelined for the remainder for the @Condors season. He will begin rehab immediately & be ready for #Oilers training camp in September. pic.twitter.com/NVYe7VUeVJ
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) May 10, 2019