NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 1, 2017

by | May 1, 2017 | News, NHL | 6 comments

Anaheim Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg scores one of his two goals against the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3 of their second-round series.

Game recaps and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Jakob Silfverberg scored twice and set up another as the Anaheim Ducks doubled up the Edmonton Oilers 6-3 in Game 3 of their second-round series. The Oilers still hold a 2-1 lead in the series.

The Ducks leaped to an early 3-0 but the Oilers rallied in the second period to tie the game on a goal by Connor McDavid. Seconds later, however, the Ducks’ Chris Wagner tallied what would be the winning goal.

The Ducks’ blueline was bolstered by the return of defenseman Sami Vatanen, who’d been sidelined since April 13 with an upper-body injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers should’ve known the Ducks would come out strong to start this game. In the words of 2017 Elmer Ferguson Award winner Cam Cole, the Oilers were flatter than piss on a plate. Whatever momentum they had following McDavid’s goal was quickly lost seconds later on Wagner’s goal. 

Defensemen Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi powered the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead in their second-round series. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Poor officiating made this an ugly game to watch. Lots of uncalled obstruction and muggings for both teams. It sucked all the life out of this contest. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins provided no update on forward Patric Hornqvist, who suffered a lower-body injury in Game 2 of their series against the Washington Capitals. 

ESPN.COM: The Buffalo Sabres spoke with six candidates for the vacant post of general manager. Columbus Blue Jackets assistant GM Bill Zito, New Jersey Devils assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald, Nashville Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton, Los Angeles Kings assistant GM Mike Futa and Pittsburgh Penguins general managers Bill Guerin and Jason Botterill have been interviewed. 



  1. Not sure anybody is lining up in any hurry to fill an Sabre vacancies. Pegula and wife just fired the GM of the Bills as well as the pro and amateur scouting depts. of the Bills so I guess Pegula and wife are going to micromanage everything to death. Good luck with all that mess.

    • I’ve had the same thoughts. Obviously someone will as it’s a promotion for most but I wouldn’t. Tim Murray got shafted. 2.5 years into a rebuild, a very good 1 & he gets shown the door. With expansion coming Buffalo was in a position to fix their biggest issue. That being their D.

      Can we fire the Pagula’s?

  2. Jordan Eberle might make 6 million per year but wow has his stock ever dropped in the last few years.Once upon a time he made a name for himself with team Canada but that was junior hockey and vastly inferior to the NHL playoffs where the big boys play!-4 and 2 assists only in 9 games and a huge defensive liability.Time for a healthy scratch and huge wake up call???
    Sloppy game last night and Duck’s must have found some dove and are starting to swim in oil.Series could be a long one look for heroic’s from Talbot after so-so game.

    • Don’t forget they got hammered 7-0 in that San Jose series. Kind of par for the course for players with – for the most part – little or no playoff experience.

      • If you watched the game, even though Anaheim won 6-3 the Oilers dominated at times. After Anaheim went up 4-3 the Oilers had a shift of a minute 43 seconds in the Ducks zone and several others that lasted a fair amount of time. The Oilers are for real, if they win game 4 lookout

    • Not sure why Eberle is being picked on when RNH is playing just as bad with more ice time. Mcdavid is averaging 6 more minutes per game than Eberle and has 6 points in 9 games and at least one of those points is an empty netter that I know about. Pretty pathetic for a guy who’s considered to be one of the best in the league right now and won the season scoring title. Draisaitl is the star for Edmonton at the moment and will be looking for at the very least 6 mil for 6 years come july. Anaheim’s players have way more playoff experience than Edmonton’s do. Of course Anaheim is going to take advantage of every mistake Edmonton makes. at least 3 of those goals in that last game were gift wrapped by Edmonton players. They shook off the San Jose game hopefully they’ll do the same in the next game against Anaheim