NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 14, 2017
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.
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.