The Penguins eliminating the Capitals tops this morning’s list of notable NHL headlines.
NHL Playoff Recaps and News.
TRIBLIVE.COM/THE WASHINGTON POST: Nick Bonino’s overtime goal gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals, eliminating the latter from the playoffs in six games. Phil Kessel scored twice as the Pens jumped to a 3-0 lead, but the Caps battled back to tie the game, in part due to three straight delay-of-game penalties by the Penguins in the third period. The Caps defense was hampered by the loss of Karl Alzner, who was sidelined by a lower-body injury. The Pens will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A hard-fought victory for the Penguins and a heartbreaking defeat for the Capitals, who remain labeled as playoff chokers. Some critics will want to hang this defeat on Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, but he had two goals and five assists for seven points in this series, more than Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby (two assists) and Evgeni Malkin (one goal and one assist) combined. With his club facing elimination in Games Five and Six, he responded with two points in each game and was always a serious offensive threat. The key to this series was the Penguins’ depth and speed advantage. Crosby and Malkin weren’t significant offensive factors in this series, but they didn’t have to be. Carl Hagelin (seven points), Phil Kessel (six points) and Nick Bonino (five points) stepped up when the big guns were silenced.
NHL.COM: Fatigue could be a factor for the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators when they square off in Game 7 of their second-round series on Thursday.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS; Game 6 of the Dallas Stars – St. Louis Blues series was the highest-rated Stars game in their home market since 2007.
Other NHL Headlines.
TSN: The Anaheim Ducks are to interview former Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo.
NEWSDAY: New York Islanders GM Garth Snow hopes to retain his coaching staff for next season.
PHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers winger R.J. Umberger hopes to land with another NHL team as a free agent if he’s bought out of his current contract.
THE PROVINCE: Curtis Vey, father of Vancouver Canucks forward Linden Vey, will stand trial with a co-accused woman on charges of conspiracy to murder their spouses. The pair were charged in 2013.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings hired former Boston Bruins assistant coach Doug Houda as an assistant to head coach Jeff Blashill.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: The Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins will play an exhibition game this fall in Quebec City.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That game will be seen as a sop to Quebec City hockey fans if their club doesn’t get an expansion franchise.
ARIZONA SPORTS: The AHL board of governors approved the sale of the Springfield Falcons to the Arizona Coyotes, who intend to move the franchise to Tucson.