NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 16, 2017

by | May 16, 2017 | News, NHL | 10 comments

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel celebrates his goal against the Ottawa Senators with teammates Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz in Game 2 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Final.

Penguins tie conference final with Senators plus updates on the Ducks, Predators and Capitals in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Phil Kessel scored the only goal and Marc-Andre Fleury turned in a 23-save shutout performance as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Ottawa Senators 1-0 in Game 2 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Final. The series is tied at one game apiece.

Earlier in the game, Kessel raise eyebrows by arguing on the Penguins’ bench with Evgeni Malkin, though Pens coach Mike Sullivan had no problem with the duo airing their differences. Malkin later picked up an assist on Kessel’s goal.

It was a costly victory for the Penguins. Forward Patric Hornqvist was scratched before the game. Winger Bryan Rust left in the first period after he was on the receiving end of a big open-ice hit by Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf. Defenseman Justin Schultz also left with an apparent right-shoulder injury after being knocked into the boards. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The first period was another dull, plodding affair but the pace picked up at times in the second and third periods. Despite the injuries the Penguins improved as the game went on. While Kessel’s on-bench squabble with Malkin attracted lots of attention, the bigger news could be the potential long-term loss of Rust and Schultz. The Penguins were a banged-up bunch before Game 2. Losing two more experienced players could prove costly as this series progresses. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks rookie forward Ondrej Kase is showing growth as a player in this postseason. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Section 303 of Bridgestone Arena, aka Cellblock 303, contains some of the Nashville Predators’ loudest and proudest fans. 

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan has delayed his annual season-ending press conference while he conducts a thorough evaluation of the club, including the coaching staff. 

CSN MID-ATLANTIC: Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden will reportedly be interviewed for the head-coaching job with the Florida Panthers. 



  1. Never seen two players squabble on the bench like that before.
    Lets hope it nothing more than the heat of the moment and not a sign of a larger problem brewing.

    • From a Sens perspective I hope they come to blows! LOL

    • I’ll take that any day of the week as a pens fan! Angry kessel and angry malkin smash ott!

  2. Phil Kessel cares! Who knew?

  3. Let’s face it, without it Anderson, the score is much higher for the Pens. And with them playing without their 2 best dmen that is pretty impressive. No way the Sens can win without Karlson and Ceci. I really hope Shutz and Rust were just held out by NHL concussion protocol and they arnt gone for too long. I don’t see plugging Mark Streit in there as being a positive. Unless it’s to put Hainsy on the bench.

    • No way so-and-so can win without (fill in the blank) – without Anderson — yadda yadda yadda – that’s why all teams have goalies. You don’t think Fleury held them in game 1 to 2 goals? Or won that game in Washington for them? Take your partisan crap to a True-Blue Fan site if you’re incapable of giving credit where credit is due.

    • It’s always so cute when they git crotchety isn’t it

      • Not as cute as some pom-pom waving “fan boy” having nothing to say except how good the Pens are or how unlucky they are when they lose – much like you.

      • Will you take me fishing?

  4. Such a weird series against the Sens after the bitter rivalry games vs. CBJ and the Caps.

    Game 1 felt like a November game on a Tuesday night.

    And after watching the Jackets and Caps try to injure their way to victory, you’d think them hurting two of our key guys would create some sparks, but they were completely clean hits. Even the Guentzel hit some are complaining about was clean, Dion’s elbow was down during the hit and only came up afterwards.