NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 14, 2017

by | May 14, 2017 | News, NHL | 10 comments

Ottawa Senators winger Bobby Ryan scores in overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Final.

Senators edge Penguins in Game 1 of Eastern Conference Final plus updates on the Predators, Ducks & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Bobby Ryan scored in overtime to lift the Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Final. Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored for the Sens while Evgeni Malkin tallied for the Penguins.

The Senators played without Viktor Stalberg, who’s day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. The Penguins could have sidelined defenseman Trevor Daley (lower-body injury) back in the lineup for Game 3

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not to take anything away from the Senators’ well-earned win, but the Penguins looked drained in this one. They were probably still coming down from that hard-fought seven-game series against the Washington Capitals. 

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators must try to improve their power play in Game 2 tonight against the Anaheim Ducks and take advantage of the Ducks’ poor penalty-killing percentage. The Preds failed to tally on five attempts with the man advantage in Game 1. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Ducks feel the urgency to win Game 2 and avoid falling 2-0 to the Preds as the series heads to Nashville for Games 3 and 4. 

THE WASHINGTON POST/CSN MID-ATLANTIC: Pending free agent wingers TJ Oshie and Justin Williams would like to return with the Washington Capitals. However, the Capitals could lack sufficient salary-cap room to re-sign Oshie, while the 36-year-old Williams knows it’s not that simple. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given a choice between the two I think the Caps prefer to re-sign the 30-year-old Oshie, as he still has some production seasons ahead of him.That’ll depend, of course, on how much of a raise Oshie wants on his next contract.  It’s likely both could end up departing via free agency. 



  1. Congrats to the Sens for the win but just not into watching trap hockey again for 60 minutes. Its boring and stagnant with all the excitement of watching grass grow

    I did enjoy that brief clip showing the Flyers holding the puck in the defensive zone while Boucher’s bolts stood out in the neutral zone waiting for them to approach

    • Amen! This is a bad product for the NHL to try and sell.

    • This trap is a totally different animal! It’s a more aggressive and fast system which allows for a quicker counter attack. Sens have a lot more speed than people give them credit for. Oh and hope you’re enjoying our “boring” Karlsson!

  2. it’s the playoffs and it’s all about winning. Do you think Sens’ fans are complaining about them being boring?

  3. Exactly. As I said the other day some are about to see the difference between wide-open hell-bent-for-election north-south hockey as played by the likes of Columbus and Washington and that of a team defense-first approach. No one in Ottawa is complaining nor do they give a rat;s patootie what Pittsburgh fans feel.

    • Well, if the universe forbid, Ottawa wins the cup, that creates a lot of copy cats. If every team adopts Ottawas style of game then the NHL as a whole product will be unmarketable and awful to watch. And no one outside of Ottawa, that is a fan of fun and high event hockey, will think the trade off was worth it on any level.

      • I guess you’re too young to remember Jacques Lemaire’s NJ Devils when American-based fans were calling him a genius. And you sure seem to know what everyone else thinks. Maybe, just maybe, the Pens need to learn how to counteract a defensive style. In the meantime, why should the Sens roll over and play dead for a franchise that got their two best players through sheer dumb luck (Crosby) and the other (Malkin) by tanking (just not enough to get Ovechkin)?

      • And as an aside, their last two coaches employed a wide-open north-south style which saw the Sens rank among the top goal-scoring teams – but lost their jobs when they couldn’t win. What is Boucher supposed to do – come in and use the same approach with essentially the same roster and wait to be canned?

        And if you don’t think Karlsson, Pageau, Hoffman, Stone, Turris, Ryan and Anderson are not producing exiting hockey including OT wide-open empty-net barn-burners with the NYR,m then what you know about hockey in general couldn’t fit a thimble.

      • @Deeeeee do you know who Roger Neilson is? He invented the trap about 30 yrs. ago. EVERY TEAM has used the trap at one time or another, or some form of the 1-3-1 system. There are ways to beat it.

  4. A few years ago, a sports writer described Guy Boucher as being one of the most cerebral coaches in hockey. I’m not smart enough to know how he’s outsmarting other teams’ coaches by using a system not unlike the one supported by Martin Brodeur when he was young, but he appears to be doing so. Maybe, Boucher’s students are smart, too.