NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 18, 2017

by | Apr 18, 2017 | News, NHL | 12 comments

Nashville |Predators forward Kevin Fiala scores in overtime against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of their opening-round playoff series.

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.


  1. Loving the playoffs – so far – including the fact that the Leafs are up 2-1 in their series with the league’s numero uno choker Washington Capitals. And this from a Sens fan!

    If this can continue we’ll see 4 Canadian teams in the 2nd round for the first time since JC was a corporal, as only the Flames are burning out it seems.

    • The Flames…What a hard loss to swallow. Of course everyone is talking about the high stick goal that shouldn’t have counted. Get over it bad calls happen in every game…its part of the game. They still had a one goal lead after that call and should have focused on protecting it. Instead they just folded like cheap lawn chairs as they always do against the ducks. So very disappointing considering they a ligit chance to win in all 3 games. The Flames can’t seem to play past the last 10 minutes of the game.

  2. Regarding the Leafs lead in the series a bit further – I don’t think anyone should regard this as a “shocker” (the Predators 3-0 lead on Chicago is a shocker). The fact the Leafs climbed from 30th overall to and 16th in the East to 8th is more of a stunning turn of events as they had to surpass the seasonal output of 8 teams to do it.

    Had they been able to win half of their SO/OT losses they’d have wound up with 102 points – not that far off Washington’s 118. They scored 251 times to the Caps’ 263 – again, not far off. If there’s a shocker it’s in the GA category where they trailed the Caps by 60. But playoff hockey is a very different animal, and their skating ability and close-checking is frustrating the hell out of a team that coasted through far too many games with ease during the season when teams were routinely “mailing in” the 2 points. Now they have to work hard for their goals and are simply having too tough a time adjusting to the playoff style whereas the Leafs had been playing playoff hockey for the past month and a half of the season. To some degree that is maybe what’s happening to Chicago as well.

    • Well, as Washington pointed out yesterday since February Toronto had only six points less than Washington. I don’t think it’s as big a surprise as everyone is making out either.

      I think it’s great that the heroes in to Ottawa wins so far or Bobby Ryan and Phaneuff. You need unexpected sources for goals in the playoffs, I’m a Toronto fan and I love what Ottawa is doing.

      • You heard Trotz singing the blues. If it wasn’t for a bad goal in game 1, Toronto could have been up 3-0. Coming back from being down 2-0 and 3-1 made the win even better.

    • I think Chicago though they have great D they are up there in age and seem like they can’t keep up with Nashville’s offence. Put that with the incredible defensive corp of Nashville along the amazing play of Rinni seems just too much for Chicago to handle.

  3. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. I hate to be the negative one but the possibility of all 4 Canadian teams currently leading 2-1 getting through is minimal. Believe me I want to be wrong!

    • Why is it “minimal?” Washington’s doing what they always do in the playoffs – choke. The Rangers hardly scare anyone with their offense and it becomes even tougher when facing the brick wall known as Price. Boston’s offense is even less of a factor than NY’s and their D is severely depleted. And Edmonton has shown that the SJ offense can be shut down with tight checking.

      • I believe what he is saying is that the odds are against ALL 4 teams making it through – basic probability principles.

        The pessimist in me again questions this playoff format where there is no way that two Canadian teams in the east can meet in the East finals.
        I would like you to be wrong as well Steven!

      • George if the Ott/Bos game is being refereed like Toronto’s anythings possible. I hear Bettman’s mandated that Washington now gets at least 1 two man advantage each and every period

      • So Toronto is only leading the series because their games are being reffed unfairly. Ya people are saying that here in Calgary as well. A fan can only see the bad calls happening to their team when in fact they happen on both sides in everygame. If you can’t overcome what may be a bad call then you deserve to lose.

        The bottom line is Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton are all out playing their opponents. Can’t really see how you can say the odds are against the teams that have the lead in the series.

  4. Taz

    The leafs and Habs/Sens could Meet in the East finals. Leafs are now in the Metro for the playoffs due to the reseeding.
    Like wise NYR is in the Alt.