Lightning put Islanders on brink of elimination, Lindsay Award nominees revealed and more in today’s collection of notable NHL morning headlines.
NHL playoff recaps and news.
TAMPA BAY TIMES/NEWSDAY: Jason Garrison scored the game winner early in overtime to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders in Game 4 of their best-of-seven series. It was the Lightning’s second straight overtime win, giving them a 3-1 series lead and pushing the Isles to the brink of elimination. Lightning winger NIkita Kucherov scored late in the third to force overtime. He now has a playoff-leading eight goals.
SPORTSNET: The Lightning could have captain Steven Stamkos back in the lineup if they reach the Eastern Conference Finals. Stamkos is recovering from blood-clot surgery.
POST-GAZETTE/THE WASHINGTON POST: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang returns from a one-game suspension for Game Five today against the Washington Capitals, who are reuniting Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov in hopes of staving off elimination.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kuznetsov’s lack of offense (only one assist in four games) is among the reasons the Capitals find themselves on the brink of suffering yet another early postseason exit.
STLTODAY/DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars have an early start (1 PM ET) today for Game 5 of their best-of-seven series. For the Stars, carrying a number of players with limited postseason experience, they’re learning crucial lesson on the fly.
THE TENNESSEAN/MERCURY NEWS: The Nashville Predators are leading the league in playoff travel. Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks hope their fresher legs will make the difference in Game 5 today following their marathon triple OT loss to the Predators in Game 4.
Notable NHL Headlines
NHLPA: Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn, Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane are the 2016 finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award.
ARIZONA SPORTS: Shane Doan hopes to return for another season with the Coyotes if the club will have him. He’s already met with management and contract talks could begin with his agent next week.
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Kings GM Dean Lombardi said he’s made a very fair contract offer to head coach Darryl Sutter. So far, no agreement has been reached. The direction of the team, not money, could be an issue. Lombardi also said he’s further along in contract talks with pending UFA left wing Milan Lucic.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers forward Oscar Lindberg underwent hip surgery and could miss the opening month of the 2016-17 season.
EDMONTON SUN: Top NCAA prospect Drake Caggiula has reportedly signed a two-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers.