NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 18, 2017
Senators crush Penguins in Game 3 of Eastern Conference Final plus updates on Filip Forsberg, Brandon Montour & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: A four-goal first period carried the Ottawa Senators to a 5-1 beat down of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Final to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
Mike Hoffman, Marc Methot, Derick Brassard and Zack Smith tallied for the Sens, driving Marc-Andre Fleury from the Penguins net in favor of Matt Murray. Kyle Turris scored their fifth goal in the second period. Sidney Crosby tallied the Penguins’ only goal.
It was a costly win for the Sens, as veteran forward Alex Burrows left the game with a left-leg injury. The club is hopeful he’ll be able to play in Game 4 on Friday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators picked apart the Penguins’ injury-ravaged blueline in the first period, but they also did another good job smothering Pittsburgh’s scoring game. Their vaunted offense has been held to just one goal per game in this series. If this trend continues, the Penguins can forget about a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final.
Fleury’s poor showing in this game is sparking speculation that Murray could get the call for Game 4, but I expect Fleury will return to the net. He got them this far and one bad game doesn’t justify replacing him in Game 4.
THE TENNESSEAN: Winger Filip Forsberg has emerged as the Nashville Predators’ clutch player in the 2017 playoffs.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Brandon Montour has emerged as a key member of the Anaheim Ducks’ defense corps.
THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks assistant coach Bob Boughner feels he’s ready to become a head coach. He’ll be speaking with the Florida Panthers and could be a candidate for the vacant coaching job with the Buffalo Sabres.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes’ fifth annual Hurricanes Summerfest is slated for June 26 to July 1.