NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 12, 2019
Sharks bite Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final, an injury update on John Tavares, Finnish prospect Kaapa Kakko earning rave reviews at the World Championships, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Logan Couture and Timo Meier each scored twice as the San Jose Sharks downed the St. Louis Blues 6-3 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final. Sharks captain Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist. Game 2 goes Monday at 9 pm ET in San Jose.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Game 1 is anything to go by, this will be an entertaining series. It was certainly a physical contest, with the two clubs combining for 76 hits. The Blues managed to keep it close until Meier blew the game open with two straight second-period goals. The Sharks got to St. Louis goaltender Jordan Binnington, but the rookie has shown a remarkable ability to bounce back from a bad game.
TSN: Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares will be sidelined a month with an oblique injury. Once he’s recovered, he’s expected to resume his full offseason training schedule.
NBC SPORTS: Boston Bruins forward Noel Acciari (upper-body injury)won’t be in the lineup for Game 2 this afternoon against the Carolina Hurricanes. However, he’s hoping to return to action when the series shifts to Carolina for Game 3.
SPORTSNET: NHL prospect Kaapo Kakko tallied a hat trick for Finland in a 4-2 victory over Slovakia in preliminary-round play at the World Championships. Kakko also scored two goals in a 3-1 win over Canada on Friday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kakko is the top European skater heading into the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver. Center Jack Hughes is considered the most likely to be selected by the New Jersey Devils with the first-overall pick. Kakko, however, is making a strong case for himself with his performance thus far at the Worlds. If the Devils select Hughes, the New York Rangers will happily snap up Kakko with the second-overall selection.
THE SCORE: The Ottawa Senators received permission from the Dallas Stars to interview assistant coach Rick Bowness for their vacant head-coaching job. Bowness held that role from 1992-93 to 1995-96.