NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 22, 2017
Bruins avoid elimination against Senators, Norris Trophy finalists revealed & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Sean Kuraly scored his first two NHL playoff goals, including the winner in double overtime, as the Boston Bruins staved off elimination in their opening-round series by edging the Ottawa Senators 3-2. The Bruins overcame a 2-0 deficit to force overtime, but lost center David Krejci to a lower-body injury. The Senators hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, with Game 6 in Boston on Sunday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Give the Bruins credit, they never gave up after falling behind by two goals. The Sens blew a great chance to end the series in five games. No word yet on how long Krejci could be sidelined.
Justin Williams scored just over a minute into overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 5 of their opening-round series. The Capitals hold a 3-2 series lead and could close it out on Sunday in Toronto. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin briefly left the game in the first period with a left leg injury following a low hit from Leafs forward Nazem Kadri but returned and finished the game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As this series progresses both teams are ramping up the physical play. Ovechkin was fortunate to avoid serious injury. Some accused Kadri of clipping but that looked like a hip check to me. Game 6 will likely be another heavy-hitting contest between two clubs who are more closely matched than many of us expected.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues center Paul Stastny (broken foot) could return to action in this afternoon’s game against the Minnesota Wild. The Blues hold a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven series.
TWINCITIES.COM: Wild center Erik Haula (undisclosed injury) is also expected to return to action today.
TSN: Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators, Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks and Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the 2017 finalists for the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tough to pick a winner in this one. All three are deserving nominees. Karlsson is a two-time winner and could have a slight edge here.
CALGARY SUN: Flames center Sean Monahan will undergo wrist surgery soon.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was surprising news. Monahan was the Flames’ best forward in their opening-round series against the Anaheim Ducks, scoring four goals and adding an assist in four games.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed Klas Dahlbeck to a one-year contract worth $850K.
NEWSDAY: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman revealed the New York Islanders intend to submit a bid to construct an arena at Belmont Park.