NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 30, 2017

by | Apr 30, 2017 | News, NHL | 11 comments

Ottawa Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau celebrates one of his four goals against the New York Rangers in Game 2 of their second-round series.

Game recaps plus some surprises in the Draft Lottery in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM:  Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored four goals, including the winner in double overtime, as the Ottawa Senators overcame a 5-3 deficit to edge the New York Rangers 6-5. The Sens hold a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven second-round series.

Senators left wing Clarke MacArthur left the game with an undisclosed upper-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That was a very entertaining game. Kind of reminded me of a playoff game in the 1980s. Hats off to Pageau, who tallied only 12 goals in the regular season. Here’s hoping MacArthur didn’t suffer a recurrence of the concussion symptoms that sidelined him for most of the last two seasons. 

Phil Kessel and Jake Guentzel each had three-point performances (two goals and one assist) while Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 6-2 victory over the Washington Capitals. The Penguins hold a 2-0 series lead. Following the game, the Capitals held a players-only meeting in their dressing room. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This game was decided in the first period, as the Penguins weathered the Capitals’ storm thanks to Fleury’s 16 saves. Once the Penguins opened the scoring the Caps were on the back foot for the rest of the game.

Given their playoff record, It’s unsurprising the Washington players opted for a closed-door meeting following the game. There’s already a feeling of doom among some Washington pundits, a feeling undoubtedly shared by Caps fans who’ve seen their team in his situation too many times in recent years. 

The New Jersey Devils were the winners of the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday night, moving up from No. 5 in the draft order to No. 1. The Philadelphia Flyers made the biggest move, vaulting from 13th in the order to second overall. The Dallas Stars moved up from eighth overall to secure the third-overall selection.

It was a bad night for the Colorado Avalanche and Vancouver Canucks. The Avs had this season’s worst record but dropped to fourth overall in the draft, while the Canucks fell from second to fifth. The expansion Vegas Golden Knights fell from third to sixth.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering the lack of potential franchise-player talent in this year’s draft compared to 2015 (Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel) and last year (Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine),the surprising movement in the lottery provided some unexpected excitement.

 If you’re a fans of the Devils, Flyers and Stars, you can’t believe your club’s good fortune. If you’re a fan of the Avs and Canucks, it’s simply the cherry on the shit sundae that was 2016-17.  



  1. LOL. And the looks on the faces of the Avs and Canucks contingents is something you might see on the faces of anyone who just swallowed a shit sundae!

  2. Could be a bomb going off in the caps locker room this offseason, didn’t look good against the leafs and down 2-0 to pens at home at some point they will have to try a different approach in the playoffs

  3. What exactly comes on a shit Sunday?

  4. Tanking just ain`t what it used to be. At least there was no McDavid to lose out on and this year #4 or 5 could be as good as 1 or 2. Hats off to Ott, great come back, fun game to watch. I can`t remember the last time there was so many deflections. Wash, 4 and out, love to see it.

    • If the Sens go on to win this series, I sure hope it isn’t 4 and done in the other. I’d like to see Pittsburgh suffer a LITTLE before the next round in that event.

      • True George, but boy would it look good on Ovie. Ott could use a few days between series, but they still have to look after the Rangers. If Pitts win game 3, I can see Wash going after players, especially Orpik and Ovie.

    • @ Yogi
      Who tanked ? The Avs are disorganized, the Canucks were decimated by injury for large parts of the year, Arizona is Arizona. Even so, why would a team even try to tank with the Oiler induced odds in now in place.

  5. Lol..shit sundae. I’m a flyers fan, but it does figure we get a #2 when there is no Eichel or Laine. Still pretty excited though.

  6. How many gm’s are watching this series and seeing how vastly overrated Shattenkirk is???

    • RCR i agree after watching shattenkirks play since hes worn a WASH jersey. However take into consideration the Dougie Hamilton to Calgary trade. Dougie didnt quite gel in Calgary right away and had some drop in his numbers. Dougie had a good season in 2016-17 after a couple of seasons with the team. Sometimes those march trades dont work out the way you would think because the players are joining a different system and the players in that new system play differently than the players and systems they are accustomed to. Im not making excuses for shattenkirk but I tend to believe this is the case. And after WASH for years living in VA understand that this team has many individual efforts unlike a team like PITT that play as a unit. I believe a player like shattenkirk wouldve fit a system that doesnt resort to its stars and plays as a unit instead. Hopefully shattenkirk will be smart enough to recognize that winning a cup is a team effort so when he signs his new UFA contract at the end of the season he ends up playing for a team that works as a unit where he can shine and put up good numbers instead of a team like WASH that has players that put up great numbers during the season but get outplayed by teams that play as a unit.

  7. After the lottery I heard tell that Bill Daly complained to Linden about the expense of providing Vaseline each year and told him to bring his own next year LOL