NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 28, 2017

by | Apr 28, 2017 | News, NHL | 13 comments

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby celebrates one of his two goals against the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series.

Game recaps, Messier Leadership Award finalists revealed & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Sidney Crosby scored twice and Nick Bonino netted the game winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 1 of the second-round series. Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves for the win. Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for the Capitals. 

Erik Karlsson’s late third-goal gave the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers in the first game of their second-round series. The goaltending was superb as the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist made 41 saves and the Senators’ Craig Anderson kicked out 34. The game wasn’t a sellout, as there was almost 2,500 empty seats at the Canadian Tire Centre. 

Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno, Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano and Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf are this year’s finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award

ESPN.COM: Nashville Predators forward Kevin Fiala suffered a broken left femur in Game 1 of his club’s second-round series against the St. Louis Blues. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks defensemen Kevin Bieksa (lower-body injury) and Sami Vatanen (upper-body injury) remain questionable for Game 2 of their club’s series against the Edmonton Oilers. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars re-signed center Mattias Janmark to a one-year, $700K contract. Janmark, 24, missed the entire season recovering from a rare bone condition called osteochondritis dissecans.

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Arizona Coyotes have fired assistant coach Newell Brown and Tucson Roadrunners GM Doug Soetaert. “The contracts for pro scouts David MacLean and Jim Roque would not be renewed.”

TSN.CA: The NHL lost its bid to force CTE researchers to hand over medical data related to their research which included six former NHL players.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Former Detroit Red Wings team doctor John Finley passed away at age 88. He was the Wings doctor from 1957 to 2002. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Condolences to Finley’s family, friends and the Wings organization. 


  1. Huh… no sell out in the playoffs… and people talk about Carolina should be moved.

    • I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, one thing about Ottawa sports fans is, they won’t “fall into line” and blindly pay whatever team management decides to charge. Increasing the seat price for “nosebleed alley” and charging more to park at the same time will never work here. Nor should it ANYWHERE.

      • I bet the fans in Quebec would gladly pay those prices.

      • I should add that I wonder how many events Brennan (who wrote the referred article) would be attending if the Sun hadn’t paid him for well over 5 months due to a glitch in their computer system – which is the case with thousands in the Ottawa area who work for the Federal government but haven’t seen a payday in well over 5 months due to their so-called Phoenix Pay System screw-up.

      • And they wouldn’t in Quebec either if they hadn’t been paid.

      • Supply and demand George, in this case the supply is greater then the demand but will they lower their prices? I’m guessing if they get by the Rangers the prices will not come down. I read the Oilers playoff prices went up by 40%! I wouldn’t pay either.

      • Kinda like mall management raising rents through the roof – then watching empty outlets for months on end. Stupidity in the extreme. Ottawa mgt has to know of the Phoenix screw-up and that Ottawa is filled with government employees. Aren’t 2000 empty nosebleed alley seats better filled at $80 – $90 per and parking kept at the same level as regular season than getting greedy and raising the price of both, thereby pissing off a lot of people?

      • Agreed, terrible state of affairs and embarrassing for Ottawa (I am an Ottawa resident). Couple the high prices with the fact that there are great sports bars in the area and the Sens mile, prices should have been more aggressive, this is just terrible business management.

        That being said, congrats to Sens fans for a really good win!

  2. Pittsburgh sports fans aren’t happy unless the sky is falling on them. So many are talking about how the Pens got lucky and stole a game last night.

    The Pens had the puck more. They had more scoring chances. They scored more goals. They won the game. Not sure what these yinzers want.

    If not for a Schultz screen and Conor Sheary losing his check, we might be talking about the Pens shutout road win.

  3. Pretty sure they would have had standing room only if you-know-who were playing the Sens. Maybe next year.

    • While that’s very true, it’s also true that many of those you-know-who fans have never demonstrated any great degree of common sense by forking over their hard-earned cash over the years to support a perennial loser (this year definitely excepted)

      • True, George, sad but true.