NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 22, 2017
Penguins take control in Eastern Conference Final, plus updates on the Ducks and Predators in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Evgeni Malkin and Carter Rowney each collected three assists and Matt Murray turned in a 25-save shutout as the Pittsburgh Penguins crushed the Ottawa Senators 7-0 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. The series returns to Ottawa for Game 6 with the Penguins hold a 3-2 series lead.
The Penguins were skating without injured forward Patric Hornqvist and defenseman Justin Schultz but winger Bryan Rust returned to the lineup. Senators defensemen Erik Karlsson and Cody Ceci and center Derick Brassard left the game with injuries but are expected to play in Game 6.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This lopsided victory by the Penguins was reminiscent of the Senators 5-1 win back in Game 3, when they took a 2-1 series lead and seemingly had the battered Pens on the ropes. But in the last two games, the Penguins reminded everyone why they’re the defending Stanley Cup champions. They’ve adjusted to the Senators’ defensive system while drawing upon their roster depth to overcome a rash of injuries.
THE TENNESSEAN: With the Nashville Predators holding a 3-2 lead over the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Final, their fans anticipate watching franchise history in Game 6. With a win tonight, the Predators would advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Ducks will be playing Game 6 without forwards Rickard Rakell and Patrick Eaves (lower-body injuries), while goaltender John Gibson (lower body) remains questionable.
STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues owner Tom Stillman gave a vote of confidence to general manager Doug Armstrong. While Armstrong has a year remaining on his contract, Stillman said he still feels he’s the right man for the job.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: A source says Ulf Samuelsson is the top candidate for the vacant job of assistant coach.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Former Blackhawks defenseman Bill White has died at age 77. White played 10 seasons in the NHL, seven with the Hawks. He was also a member of Team Canada in the historic 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to White’s family and friends.
TSN: Sweden downed Canada 2-1 in a shootout to win the gold medal in the 2017 World Championships. Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander was named tournament MVP.