NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 21, 2017
Predators take 3-2 series lead in the Western Conference Final, Getzlaf fined, injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Pekka Rinne made 32 saves as the Nashville Predators overcame a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final, taking a 3-2 series lead back to Nashville for Game 6.
Colin Wilson, Pontus Aberg and Austin Watson scored for the Predators and Chris Wagner tallied for the Ducks, who lost goalie John Gibson following the first period to a leg injury. They also skated without forward Rickard Rakell, who’s day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Gibson is expected to be ready for Game 6. Predators captain Mike Fisher also missed the game to a suspected head injury suffered in Game 4.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This hard-hitting series is taking its toll upon both rosters. On Friday, the Predators learned center Ryan Johansen will miss the remainder of the playoffs following emergency surgery on his left leg. It remains to be seen if Rakell and Fisher will return for Game 6 on Monday.
Prior to the game, the NHL announced Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was fined $10,000.00 for uttering a homophobic slur during Game 4. Getzlaf made an apology following Game 5, acknowledging he has to be more careful in his choice of words.
TRIBLIVE.COM: After tallying nine goals through the first two rounds, Pittsburgh Penguins rookie winger Jake Guentzel has yet to find the back of the net against the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Final.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Guentzel remains tied with Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg for the playoff goal scoring lead. Like his Penguins teammates, however, he’s struggled to find success against the Senators’ smothering defensive system.
SPORTSNET’s Chris Johnston reports Ottawa Senators winger Alex Burrows and defenseman Mark Borowiecki could return to action for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final this afternoon. Both are listed as day-to-day with lower-body injuries.