Capitals take series opening against Penguins, Selke nominees revealed & more in today’s collection of notable NHL morning headlines. 

NHL Playoff Headlines

Capitals winger T.J. Oshie scores in overtime against the Penguins.

Capitals winger T.J. Oshie scores in overtime against the Penguins.

THE WASHINGTON POST/POST-GAZETTE.COM: T.J. Oshie netted a hat trick, including the game winner in overtime (left), to lead the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opening game of their second-round series. Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist and Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Penguins.

Some observers believe Capitals winger Tom Wilson deserve supplemental discipline for a knee-on-knee hit on Penguins forward Conor Sheary, who was able to finish the game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Game One between the Capitals and Penguins was anything to go by, we’re in for a very entertaining series. This one was well-paced and very close, with both sides trading scoring chances and leads.

As for Wilson, he’s earning a reputation as a dirty player, but I doubt he’ll be disciplined for that hit on Sheary because the latter was able to finish the game. I’m not saying that’s right, but unless a player is seriously injured the NHL department of player safety usually seems to shrug those plays off. 

THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Lightning winger Erik Condra remains questionable for Game Two of their second-round series against the New York Islanders. Condra suffered an upper-body injury after being checked into the boards in Game One. Condra is said to be doing better but is considered day-to-day.

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock (upper-body injury) could return to action in Game 3 against the Lightning.

Other Notable Headlines

NHL.COM:  Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, Ryan Kesler of the Anaheim Ducks and Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings are the finalists for the 2016 Selke Trophy honoring the NHL’s top defensive forward.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not saying these guys aren’t deserving, but I’m disappointed that Ottawa Senators winger Mark Stone didn’t get a nod. He led the league in takeaways (127) by a wide margin and is rapidly garnering recognition among the league’s best two-way forwards. 


PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers could appeal the three-game suspension (to be served at the start of 2016-17) levied upon forward Brayden Schenn for charging Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie during Game Six of their opening-round series.

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher isn’t ruling out the possibility of interim coach John Torchetti returning as head coach next season.

THE DETROIT NEWS:  The Red Wings new arena will be called Little Caesars Arena.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ilitch family owns the Wings and are the founders of the Little Caesars pizza chain. As you can expect, the name of the Wings new arena sparked a rash of mocking responses on Twitter yesterday. Here’s my favorite.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Anaheim Ducks elimination from the opening round of the 2016 NHL playoffs gives the Buffalo Sabres 12 picks in the 2016 NHL Draft. The Ducks will give up their third-round pick as part of the return for winger Jamie McGinn, who was acquired from the Sabres in a February trade.

OTTAWA SUN:  A development group supported by the Ottawa Senators has the preferred bid from the National Capital Commission to develop a piece of land at LeBreton Flats in downtown Ottawa.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, a new arena for the Senators will be constructed there within the next five years, moving them to a much better location.