NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 17, 2017
Blue Jackets & Wild on the brink of elimination, injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Jake Guentzel tallied a hat trick, including the game winner in overtime, as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 to take a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven opening-round series. The Penguins overcame a 3-1 deficit and briefly held a 4-3 lead until Brandon Dubinsky tied it up in the third. Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists and Cam Atkinson scored twice for the Jackets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A bitter end for the Blue Jackets, who had in my opinion their best performance in this series. But as in the previous two games, they struggled to contain the speedy Penguins offense.
Jake Allen turned in a 40-save performance to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild, taking a 3-0 stranglehold on the series. It was the third straight game in which Allen limited to Wild to just one goal. Alex Steen and Patrik Berglund each collected two points for the Blues.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk’s played well (1.87 GAA, .923 SP) but he’s had no scoring support from his teammates. It’s not as though the Wild scorers aren’t getting their chances but they can’t solve Allen and their frustration is showing.
The Edmonton Oilers edged the San Jose Sharks 1-0, with goaltender Cam Talbot and winger Zach Kassian again playing key roles. Talbot made 23 saves for his second straight shutout in the series and Kassian again scored the winning goal. The Sharks welcomed back center Joe Thornton, who missed the opening two games because of knee injury suffered late in the regular season.
Alexander Radulov scored a highlight-reel goal and picked up an assist to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers, taking a 2-1 series lead. Radulov’s carried the Habs offense in this series with two goals and five points. The Rangers scratched defenseman Nick Holden in favor of Kevin Klein.
TSN: Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Nikita Zaitsev (upper-body injury) hints he could return to action for Game 3 of their series against the Washington Capitals.
CSN MID-ATLANTIC: Capitals coach Barry Trotz hints he could tweak his roster to generate more scoring against the Leafs.
THE BOSTON HERALD: Boston Bruins defenseman Colin Miller (lower-body injury) and center Noel Acciari (upper body) could return to action in Game 3 of their series against the Ottawa Senators. Center David Krejci and blueliners Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid didn’t skate in practice on Sunday, while rearguard Brandon Carlo remains doubtful.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The status of Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki (leg injury) remains unknown for Game 3 against the Bruins.