NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 23, 2017

by | Apr 23, 2017 | News, NHL | 6 comments

The St. Louis Blues celebrate Magnus Paajarvi’s series-winning goal against the Minnesota Wild.

Blues, Oilers and Rangers advance to second round, Vezina Trophy finalists revealed & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Magnus Paajarvi scored in overtime as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-2 to win their opening-round series four games to one. The Blues will face the Nashville Predators in the second round. Wild center Eric Staal was hospitalized after crashing head first into the end boards in the second period. He was listed as stable and alert. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully Staal avoided serious injury. After another disappointing playoff exit, changes could be coming for the Wild this summer. This series also proved the Blues still have the grit and the goaltending to grind out victory in a low-scoring series. 

Cam Talbot made 27 saves backstopping the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks, eliminating the latter from the opening round in six games. The Oilers will meet the Anaheim Ducks in the second round. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After reaching the Cup Final last year, this is a discouraging finish for the Sharks. It also raises questions over the futures of long-time Sharks stars Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. This series victory is a significant confidence boost for the Oilers, especially for young stars such as Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

Mats Zuccarello scored twice as the New York Rangers downed the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 to take their best-of-seven series in six games.  The Rangers await the winner of the Ottawa Senators-Boston Bruins series. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After struggling through this season, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist reminded everyone following this series that he’s still capable of rising to the occasion in the playoffs. The Canadiens lack of offense was their downfall in this one. 

Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens are the 2017 finalists for the Vezina Trophy. 

BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins center David Krejci (knee injury) is questionable for Game Six today against the Ottawa Senators. 

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (upper-body injury) could be close to rejoining the lineup. The Capitals face the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 tonight. 


  1. Is it just coincidence or is there some connection between Bruce Boudreau’s successful seasonal coaching style but glaring lack of success in playoff hockey?

    I for one certainly hope this is finally the end if the seemingly endless “will San Jose get Thornton and Marleau to waive their NM clauses.” Of course they had no intention of doing that – why would they, living in an ideal climate like San Jose? Now that they are both UFA’s why would San Jose bring them back?

    The Habs were reminded – once again – that they simply can’t score enough in playoff hockey to get them over the hump. Once the Rangers found a way to stifle Radulov (they always knew how to shut down Pacioretty) it was game over.

    • Why would you bring them back? Did you watch last years playoffs? Sure they didn’t get it done this year, but Thornton is lucky he even got “healthy” enough to play a game, and that’s how it is come playoffs. Just ask Chicago, or minnisota.

      For a cheaper, maybe even super cheap price if this is the only place you wanna play, I certainly bring them back.

  2. Blues winner= Paajarvi from Sobotka! Who would have predicted that?

  3. Can we finally stop with the Best Goalie in the World tag that Price has—Yes he won Olympic and World Cup Titles when he is was on the Superior team—King outplayed him–Price is a great goalie but not the best

    • Until he wins a Stanley Cup he’ll be known as a great regular season goalie. This isn’t a knock on Price but I don’t know how he beat out Talbot and Dubnyk in the nod for the Vezina finalists.

  4. Also as far as the habs go, get rid of Burke 2.0 aka brevegin if you want to win. All he traded for is big “tough” and “gritty” players.

    They don’t win come playoffs, you need guys who can score want to win, and are will to go to the hard areas, even if they are small. Just take a look at Pittsburgh or even Toronto to some degree. Their speed, skill and talent are winning them games. Actually their size might be winning them games in that they are smaller and quicker than their opponents!