NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 21, 2017

by | May 21, 2017 | News, NHL | 6 comments

Nashville Predators rookie Pontus Aberg celebrates his goal against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 5 of the 2017 Western Conference Final.

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. 



  1. Bernier Is a UFA playing for a contract next year from somebody. Here’s his chance to get rid of all past failures

    • Past failures? Playing behind a terrible leafs team didn’t help

      • @BBB..You bet. Lousy Leaf team or not, the W-L, Save % is all on his record and he’s the UFA on a WC Final 4 with a chance to make a statement that he’s better than his stint in Toronto would suggest

  2. Guentzel has been close to scoring a lot of times so far in this series. I think he’s hit more posts than any other player. He’s due for one and if he keeps playing the right way it will come sooner than later.

  3. Penguins 7 Senators 0..Not even close..oh well, back to the drawing board for the Senators

  4. No one commenting on the Getzlaf slur, all too common approach from him, directed to official, who should have tossed him but he gets special treatment-most overrated player in the league, also one of the dirtiest-slew foots, picks on the least physical players, and as we are now seeing yet again, fails in the clutch!! Hope he gets another game seven vs Preds so he can lose again! Getzlaf has major league talent and minor mind!!