NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 14, 2017

by | Apr 14, 2017 | News, NHL | 11 comments

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson celebrates his overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 1 of their opening-round series.

Game recaps, injury updates, update on the Islanders possible return to Nassau Coliseum & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Tom Wilson’s overtime goal lifted the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the opening game of their best-of-seven first-round series. Justin Williams scored twice as the Caps overcame a 2-0 deficit. Mitch Marner and Jake Gardiner tallied for the Leafs. 

Viktor Arvidsson’s first-period goal stood as the game winner as the Nashville Predators blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0 in Game 1 of their opening-round series. Pekka Rinne kicked out 29 shots for the shutout. 

Second-period goals by Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silverberg carried the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames to win the opening game of their first-round series. it was the Ducks’ 28th consecutive home victory over the Flames, who got goals from Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (knee) remains uncertain for Game 2 of his club’s first-round series against the Edmonton Oilers. The Sharks lead the series 1-0. 

OTTAWA SUN:  Senators coach Guy Boucher won’t rush defenseman Marc Methot (fractured finger) back into the lineup. Methot’s been cleared to play but Boucher believes his shot still needs improvement. 

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins defenseman Colin Miller (lower-body injury) could miss Game 2 against the Ottawa Senators. 

NEWSDAY: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is downplaying the possibility of the New York Islanders returning to the refurnished Nassau Coliseum. Bettman doesn’t consider that possible move as a long-term option. 

PHILLY.COM: The Flyers dismissed Joe Mullen as their power-play coach. 


  1. One can`t be disappointed with the Leafs performance. The kids played great, better than anyone could hope for at both ends of the rink. The defence without Zaitsev had a good night, the downfall, average goaltending from an average goalie. It`s not the ones you stop, it`s the one`s you let in that really matter in the end. Winning goal, getting the puck on goal anything can happen.

    • They should be disappointed, they had a 2-0 lead. Can’t be satisfied just to be there, which I believe maybe the attitude of some fans but not the team.

    • Caper, the only one I`m disappointed with is Andersen. He blew the game, plain and simple. There`s no way you can walk up to Matthews, Marner or the much maligned defence and say I`m disappointed with you guys. Sometimes you have to put the blame squarely where it belongs. Mr. Andersen and whether the players are disappointed or not, I`m saying as fans we can`t be disappointed in them.

      • You’d make a great coach, buddy, when all else fails, it must be the goalie’s fault.

      • If you`d prefer to B.S. everybody, that`s up to you. Andersen makes 5 mill a year and the defence has taken a lot crap for him already this year. The winning goal last night 100% on Andersen no one else. Who would you blame?

    • andersen let the team down with a soft ot goal. it happens.

  2. For once, and it will probably never happen again I agree with Bettman. NYI’s need a permanent home. That being said, they need to find that home in NY. Just not Nassau.

    • islanders belong on the island..they should have renovated the old building to 18,000 seats..too late now,but then again they only average between 13 and 14 thousand,unless the rangers come in or (every so often) the team is actually good,so 13,000 seats would create a big demand,one would think

  3. The leafs wanted to plant a seed of doubt .. I think what they ended up doing was planting the seed of reassurance . Leafs fans will argue they proved they can hang with the caps . The capitals proved to themselves that with a terrible start , a poor game plan from trotz , Freddy standing on his head (before the soft OT winner) , and no production from the top line that all of that stol equals a W . That was the quest performance Toronto will see , and it didn’t cost Washington a W to wake up . Game 2 going to be a beat down . Thoughts ?

    • Should read worst performance , not quest

  4. Anderson would like to have the last goal back. Other than that they never would have got to overtime without Anderson. Marincin was ok but ok is not good enough in overtime. Washington is supposed to destroy the Leafs and they didn’t. I would see it as a successful series if the Leafs win one so everything better than that is a bonus.If Fehr can play he is in but I would like to see Leivo up with Matthews and Nylander with Hyman on the fourth over Fehr or Kapinen.

    For next year Lou will bring in a top four dman or two, or guys with the potential to be top four. Personally I would target Manson and Brodin plus bring Pollak back. After that let them grow.

    If the Isles are only getting 14,000 then go back and fix the old building?