NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 18, 2017
Blackhawks and Flames on brink of elimination. The latest in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.com: Kevin Fiala scored in overtime as the Nashville Predators overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2, taking a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven opening-round series. Filip Forsberg scored twice for the Predators, while Dennis Rasmussen and Patrick Kane tallied for the Blackhawks, who were shut out in the first two games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Predators have out-skated, out-hustled and out-hit the Blackhawks, who are looking slow footed and frustrated in this series. The Preds are doing a great job shutting down Chicago’s vaunted offense. With Game 4 slated for Thursday, the Blackhawks are on the ropes and running out of solutions.
Corey Perry’s overtime goal capped a four-goal rally by the Anaheim Ducks, who overcame a 4-1 deficit to beat the Calgary Flames 5-4. The Ducks now hold a 3-0 series lead over the Flames, who scored three power-play goals in this game. Nate Thompson had a goal and two assists for the Ducks, while Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist for the Flames.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A heartbreaking loss for the Flames, who appeared to have this game in the bag until Shea Theodore’s goal late in the second period opened the floodgates for the Ducks. Swapping a shaky John Gibson for Jonathan Bernier stabilized the Ducks’ goaltending and helped power their comeback.
Tyler Bozak’s power-play overtime goal lifted the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals, giving the Leafs a 2-1 series lead. The Leafs overcame 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to force the extra frame. Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner missed his first game in seven seasons with an upper-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The turning point in this game was the Capitals’ inability to cash in on two power-play opportunities in the second period when they led 3-1. That gave the Leafs life and sparked their comeback.
The Ottawa Senators squandered a 3-0 lead but went on to down the Boston Bruins 4-3 on an overtime power-play goal by Bobby Ryan. The Sens lead the series 2-1. Erik Karlsson had two assists and Mike Hoffman scored twice. Bruins center David Krejci returned to action after missing the opening two games with an upper-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the four clubs that squandered leads last night, the Sens were the only one not to lose in overtime. An ill-time roughing penalty by Bruins forward Riley Nash set the stage for Ryan’s heroics. To be fair to Nash, he was upset after being elbowed in the head by Ryan, an infraction that went uncalled by the officials.
YAHOO SPORTS: A facial fracture has finished Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski’s season. Werenski sufferind the injury during the Jackets’ Game 3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.
MIAMI HERALD: Now-retired Florida Panthers enforcer Shawn Thornton is auctioning off his skates on eBay for charity.
MLIVE.COM: Former NHL star Pavel Datsyuk helped SKA St. Petersburg win the KHL’s Gagarin Cup.
ESPN.COM: Former NHL star Bobby Carpenter pushed the racing wheelchair of paralyzed former women’s hockey player Denna Laing in the 2017 Boston Marathon. They finished with a time of 4 hours, 32 minutes and 30 seconds.
TORONTO SUN/DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Former sports writer Cam Cole will receive the Elmer Ferguson Award for excellence in hockey journalism. Dallas Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.