Latest on Ben Bishop, Ryan Callahan, Logan Couture, Filip Forsberg and more in today’s collection of notable NHL headlines.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop is listed as day-to-day with a “lower-body injury” after appearing to injure his left knee against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. His status for Game 2 on Monday is uncertain but it’s unlikely he’ll play.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering Bishop was stretchered off the ice, this is positive news. Still, the Bolts must ensure he isn’t rushed back to action and risk re-aggravating the injury. Their championship hopes could rest on a healthy Bishop.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning forward Ryan Callahan won’t face supplemental discipline for his five-minute major boarding penalty on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, the “wheel of chance” at the NHL’s department of player safety landed on “No Suspension.” Oh, well, at least we know the league isn’t showing favoritism toward the Penguins as some folks insinuated (hello there, Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz) during this year’s playoffs.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins third line of left wing Carl Hagelin, center Nick Bonino and right wing Phil Kessel is propping up the club’s otherwise sagging offense.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: After an injury-riddled regular season, San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture is the playoffs’ leading scorer and emerging as an early favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as postseason MVP.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Sharks go all the way this spring and Couture maintains his current scoring pace (six points in five games in the opening round against the LA Kings, 11 points in seven games against the Nashville Predators), he’ll certainly be the leading candidate for the Smythe.
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: The St. Louis Blues success thus far in the Stanley Cup playoffs is easing the pain of the city losing its NFL franchise.
PHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere will undergo surgery to repair hip and abdominal injuries. Both players are expected to be healthy in time for next season.
NBC SPORTS: A nagging back injury explains why Nashville Predators winger Filip Forsberg struggled offensively in the playoffs this spring.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m not surprised to read this news. Forsberg played very well in last year’s postseason (6 points in as many games) and tallied 33 goals and 64 points in the regular season. His four points in 14 playoff games this spring was a surprising decline.
THE WASHINGTON POST: A Washington-area sports anchor “drinking” on air following the Capitals recent playoff elimination has gone viral.