NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 11, 2017
Penguins & Ducks advance to Conference Finals plus updates on Subban, Bishop & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Marc-Andre Fleury turned in a 29-save shutout performance as the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 7 of their second-round series. The Penguins march on to meet the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Final starting Saturday. Bryan Rust and Patric Hornqvist scored the game’s only goals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins were on their heels in the first 10 minutes of this game but Fleury was solid and weathered the storm. His teammates regained their footing and slowly took over the game after that. Once again, the Capitals come up short in the playoffs after a strong regular-season performance. This could bring about some significant offseason changes in Washington.
Andrew Cogliano and Nick Ritchie scored as the Anaheim Ducks overcame an early 1-0 deficit to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 in Game 7 of their second-round series. They advance to meet the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Finals starting Friday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the win, the Ducks exorcised their demons of previous failure and frustration in Game 7 scenarios. The young Oilers have nothing to hang their heads over, pushing the experienced Ducks to the limit. They are a force to be reckoned with and will only get better in the coming years.
The NHL has released the schedule for the Conference Finals.
The league also announced Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban was fined $2,000 for diving/embellishment for an incident on May 2 against the St. Louis Blues.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Goaltender Ben Bishop is excited about joining the Dallas Stars and is hopeful of signing a new contract with them. The Stars acquired Bishop earlier this week from the Los Angeles Kings. He’s eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bishop and Stars GM Jim Nill are expected to start contract discussions soon. By the sound of things, a deal could be worked out well before July 1.
TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports the Vegas Golden Knights could try to use their window for signing free agents before the expansion draft to sign a player and flip him to another team. Doing so would mean relinquishing their selection from the free agent’s current team, though that could be beneficial for the Knights if the player is coming from a club with little quality talent to expose in the expansion draft.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: The Buffalo Sabres are expected to announce the hiring of Penguins associate GM Jason Botterill as their new general manager
THE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks are reportedly close to re-signing forwards Joonas Donskoi and Melker Karlsson to multi-year contracts.