Playoff game recaps, Adams Trophy nominees revealed and more in this morning’s collection of notable NHL headlines.
NHL Playoff Recaps and News
NHL.COM/THE MERCURY NEWS: Mike Fisher scored in the third overtime period of Game 4 to give the Nashville Predators a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks, tying their best-of-seven series at two games apiece. it was the longest overtime game in Predators history and the longest of the 2016 postseason. The Sharks appeared to end the game in the first overtime period, but Joe Pavelski’s goal was overturned on a call of goaltender interference, which didn’t sit well with Sharks coach Pete DeBoer. ” “That rule has been clear as mud to coaches all year,” DeBoer said. “Why should it be any different in the playoffs?”
DALLAS MORNING NEWS/STLTODAY.COM: Cody Eakin’s overtime goal lifted the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues, tying their best-of-seven series at two games each. It was a big win for the Stars, avenging their 6-1 blowout loss in the previous game. The series shifts back to Dallas for Game Five on Saturday.
THE WASHINGTON POST/PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: With the Washington Capitals down three games to one and facing elimination against the Pittsburgh Penguins, they’re hoping having the last change on home ice will give them an edge. Meanwhile, the Penguins are struggling on the power-play in this series, going 0-14 with the man advantage.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Game Five goes on Saturday night. It’s do-or-die for the Capitals.
TAMPA BAY TIMES/NEWSDAY: Tampa Bay Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin and New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey suffered no lasting effects from the heavy hits they received in Game Three of their series. Both are expected to be in the lineup tonight for Game 4.
Notable NHL Headlines
YAHOO SPORTS: St. Louis Blues forward Scottie Upshall is saddened by the devastation wildfires wreaked upon his hometown of Fort McMurray. His team has stepped up with support. “Proceeds raised through the team’s 50/50 raffle and the Blues for Kids silent auction at Game 4 against the Stars will benefit families who have been misplaced by the fires.”
ESPN: The Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames each donated $100K to Canadian Red Cross relief efforts in Fort McMurray.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadian Red Cross has a site set up for Alberta Fires Appeal relief. The Canadian federal government will match each donation. Over $11 million has been raised so far.
NHL.COM: Gerard Gallant of the Florida Panthers, Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars and Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals are this year’s nominees for the Jack Adams Award.
ARIZONA SPORTS: The Arizona Coyotes signed head coach Dave Tippett to a five-year contract extension and also made him their executive VP of hockey operations. The club yesterday formally announced John Chayka was their new general manager.