Penguins defeat Capitals, Calder nominees revealed and more in today’s collection of notable NHL morning headlines.
NHL Playoff Recap and News.
TRIBLIVE.COM/THE WASHINGTON POST: Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray made a career-high 47 saves, including 19 in the third period, to backstop his club to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of their best-of seven, taking a 2-1 lead in the series. The Penguins took a 3-0 lead into the third period and withstood the Capitals surge in the final frame. Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, however, could face a suspension for his blindside hit on Capitals winger Marcus Johansson. Caps blueliner Brooks Orpik received a three-game suspension for a similar hit on Penguins d-man Olli Maatta in Game 2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Talking about the Orpik suspension before Game 3, Capitals coach Barry Trotz considered the defenseman’s punishment to be too harsh and insinuated the Pens got preferential treatment from the league. It’ll be interesting to see what punishment Letang receives in a series that is getting rougher as it goes along.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Will Kari Lehtonen or Antti Niemi be in net for the Dallas Stars in Game 3 of their series with the Dallas Stars as it shifts to St. Louis. Lehtonen played well in the first game but was replaced by Niemi during the second.
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: The Blues penalty-killing against the Stars has been perfect thus far.
NEWSDAY: New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (groin injury) is skating with his teammates again but isn’t ready to return to action. He’s been sidelined since March 8.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Lightning forward Erik Condra (upper-body injury) has returned to practice but remains uncertain for Game 3 against the Islanders.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators are hoping for better puck luck against the San Jose Sharks as their series shifts to Nashville for Games 3 and 4 of their series. The Sharks lead two games to none.
THE MERCURY NEWS: The Sharks are trying to find a good home for “Jo Paw-velski”, the black kitten that scampered in front of their bench during warm-ups prior to the opening game of their series against the Predators. The cat is seen as a good luck symbol as the Sharks won that game 5-2.
Notable NHL Headlines.
NHL.COM: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and Chicago Blackhawks winger Artemi Panarin are the finalists for the 2016 Calder Memorial Trophy.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m a little surprised Buffalo’s Jack Eichel or Arizona’s Max Domi didn’t get a nod, but those three are worthy candidates for the award.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall is seeking options to improve his battered left knee.
NBC SPORTS: Rangers pending UFA defenseman Dan Boyle has no regrets over his angry tirade last week against New York Post reporters Larry Brooks and Brett Cyrgalis, but did apologize to the other reporters who witnessed it.
ESPN.COM: The NHL hopes to attract more Hispanic fans, eyeing the possibility of playing two preseason games in Mexico City.