NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 16, 2017
Game recaps, injury updates, Matt Calvert gets one-game suspension & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Kasperi Kapanen scored the first two playoff goals of his NHL career, including the game winner in double overtime, as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Washington Capitals 4-3.
The Leafs and Capitals return to Toronto for Game 3 of their best-of-seven opening-round series tied at a game apiece. It was a costly win for the Leafs, as veteran blueliner Roman Polak is done for the season with an injury to his right leg.
Pekka Rinne turned in a 30-save performance for his second straight shutout backstopping the Nashville Predators to a 5-0 blanking of the Chicago Blackhawks. Rinne also collected two assists and center Ryan Johansen had a three-point night. The Predators hold a 2-0 series lead over the Blackhawks heading back to Nashville for Games 3 and 4.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m not surprised by the Preds leading the Blackhawks 2-0, but I find it remarkable that they’ve so far shut down one of this season’s highest-scoring teams. If the Hawks don’t find a way to solve Rinne and the Preds defense, this series could be over very quickly.
Dion Phaneuf’s overtime goal gave the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins, tying their series at a game apiece. Phaneuf finished with a three-point night and Derick Brassard had a goal and an assist.
The Bruins injury-ravaged blueline took another hit as Adam McQuaid left the game in the first period with an upper-body injury. The Bruins could have sidelined center David Krejci and blueliner Coin Miller back in the lineup for Game 3.
Ryan Getzlaf’s goal late in the third period lifted the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames to take a 2-0 series lead. The Ducks took an early 2-0 lead but the Flames rallied to tie it on goals by Mikael Backlund and Sean Monahan. It’s the Flames 29th consecutive loss in Anaheim. Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen (upper-body injury) was scratched from this game.
POST-GAZETTE.COM: Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert received a one-game suspension for cross-checking Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackel across the shoulders/neck, breaking his stick in the process.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once again, the NHL Department of Player Safety embarrasses itself with another toothless punishment.
SPORTSNET: Nick Kypreos speculates Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (groin) could be sidelined for the remainder of their opening-round series against the Blue Jackets.
TSN.CA: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin (lower-body injury) will not be in the lineup for Game 3 of his club’s opening-round series against the New York Rangers.