NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 14, 2019
Blues beat the Sharks to tie the Western Conference Final, Ryan Kesler undergoes another hip surgery, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Robert Bortuzzo snapped a 2-2 tie in the second period as the St. Louis Blues doubled up the San Jose Sharks 4-2 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final. The series is tied at a game apiece. Logan Couture scored both goals (one of them shorthanded) for the Sharks. Game 3 will be Wednesday at 8 pm ET in St. Louis.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blues took a 2-0 lead only to see Couture erase it before Bortozzo restored their lead. Bortuzzo’s teammate Jaden Schwartz picked up his ninth goal of the postseason. This was a big game for the Blues, who bent but didn’t break against the Sharks offensive attack.
Couture, who was the leading scorer of the 2016 playoffs, is having another fine postseason. He leads all scorers with 13 goals and 19 points.
SPORTSNET: Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler underwent right hip resurfacing surgery last week. He could miss the entire 2019-20 season. The procedure is less invasive than hip-replacement surgery and allows the possibility for the 34-year-old Kesler to continue his playing career.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kesler, 34, underwent hip surgery two years ago. Here’s hoping he makes a full recovery and resumes his NHL career.
Speaking of the Ducks, they were granted permission by the New York Islanders to Lane Lambert for their vacant head-coaching position. Lambert is the Islanders associate coach.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour is playing coy over whether he’ll replace Petr Mrazek in goal with Curtis McElhinney for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Boston Bruins hold a 2-0 lead in that best-of-seven series.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Mrazek had his difficulties against the Bruins in Games 1 and 2 but he wasn’t to blame for the Hurricanes’ lopsided losses. Switching goalies might provide the shake-up the Hurricanes need to pick up their play in Game 3 tonight.
NBC SPORTS: The Chicago Blackhawks re-signed defenseman Slater Koekkoek to a one-year, one-way contract extension worth $925k. The Blackhawks acquired Koekkoek from the Tampa Bay Lightning in January.
WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres rookie defenseman Lawrence Pilut underwent shoulder surgery and will be sidelined five-to-six months.