NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 30, 2017
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.