NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 4, 2017

by | May 4, 2017 | News, NHL | 14 comments

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury backstopped his club to a 3-2 win in Game 5 of their second-round series with the Washington Capitals.

Penguins have Capitals on brink of elimination, Ducks tie series with Oilers & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Marc-Andre Fleury made 36 saves while Justin Schultz’s second-period power-play goal held up as the winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins held on for a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 4 of their second-round series. The win gives the Penguins a 3-1 lead in the series and the opportunity to wrap things up in Washington on Saturday. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals overcame a 2-0 lead to tie the game in the second. However,  a questionable call on Capitals defenseman John Carlson led to Schultz’s game winner. Another one late in the game on winger T.J. Oshie hampered Washington’s chances to tie things up late in the third.

Still, that doesn’t detract from the Penguins’ team effort in gutting out a big win without sidelined captain Sidney Crosby (concussion). The Capitals must now rise to the challenge of overcoming a 3-1 series deficit or face yet another early playoff exit. 

Ryan Getzlaf scored twice and set up two others, including Jakob Silfverberg’s overtime goal, to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4, tying their second-round series at two games apiece. Milan Lucic, Connor McDavid and Drake Cagglula tallied for the Oilers. The series shifts back to Anaheim for Game 5. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some questions were raised over some of the Ducks’ goals, including Getzlaf’s first when it appeared there was goaltender interference on the Oilers’ Cam Talbot. Regardless, the fact remains the Ducks overcame a 2-0 series deficit and have wrested the series momentum away from the Oilers heading toward Game 5. 

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild winger Jason Zucker will undergo sports hernia surgery on Thursday. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Injuries were a contributing factor in the Wild’s first-round elimination at the hands of the St. Louis Blues. Chrisian Folin (right shoulder) and Marco Scandella (left hip) also underwent surgery, Mikael Granlund played with a broken right hand and defenseman Ryan Suter played through an upper-body injury. 

TSN: The Vancouver Canucks re-signed defenseman Andrey Pedan to a one-year, two-way contract. 

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Former NHL enforcer Sasha Lakovic recently passed away at age 45 from brain cancer. Lakovic played parts of three seasons (1996-97 to 1998-99) with the Calgary Flames and New Jersey Devils. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Lakovic’s family and friends. 



  1. That was an embarrassing night for the zebras and the NHL . 3 of 4 goals would not have counted in the rule book were enforced as it has been up to this point . The goaltender interference was clear , ask all the questions , was it in the crease ? Yes . Was he pushed in ? No . Who initiated contact ? Perry. And the big one , was talbot impeded from making the save ? Absolutely , perrys skate stops his skate as he attempts to push off , and then contact is made to his blocker , yes slight but in the exact position the puck is coming in . Look around the league this goal has consistently been disallowed when all the questions go one way . No challenge after a terrible decision , can’t review the offside which on review would also have been overturned . Maybe . As if anyone knows what logic they use . And the finally the icing , clearly at the blue line , linesman 1 puts arm up , linesman 2 has clear view to see no tip , puck goes over the red line , klefbom doesn’t let up . That’s 3 goals in a playoff game given to the ducks . Unacceptable .

    • The refs have been on Pitts favour all series I’d be furious if I was trotz

      • Furious that his team can’t beat the opponent when short 2-3 of their best players? He should be furious.

      • Can’t beat Fleury – who, it seems, should be traded away according to some Pitt fans

  2. Yeah…shame those were the very first questionable calls in this series.

    Reaction play = cross checking the league’s most famous concussion victim in the face.

    Non-reaction play = moving your face from a stick coming at it. OK…

    The outrage points in this series are comical.

  3. Lets not forget the Reeves penalty from two nights ago as well.
    This is an awful display by the Refs.

  4. Were you guys at the games during these playoffs? Just wondering how they maintained ice conditions with all that salt.

  5. Interesting how once it became apparent OV would not have carte blanche to slash and bash with his stick anymore,he became rather ordinary and whiny. Niskanen was booed to death by the fans. Oh ya, hey Trotz; you know that concussion cross check to Crosby you called a hockey play?; So too was that fake stick to the mouth that drew the late penalty against your underachieving team.

    • Aww go away with that juvenile “my dad can beat your dad” schoolyard crapola. You think Niskanen gives a rat’s ass about booing?

  6. Edmonton is in trouble, I think that series is over now. Talbot looked really shaky to me last night and I think it only gets worse back in Anaheim.

    I think the lack of experience and leadership to a certain degree is really showing in Edmonton. It seems once the ducks get going its game over.

    As for the goals, the goalie interference was minor so I will side with the refs on this one.

    If Edmonton doesn’t waste their timeout with that challenge then the offside goal doesn’t count and its a different hockey game.

    The Capitals can’t beat Pitts period end of story,

    The only series IMO that is still up for grabs is The Sens and Rangers,

    • Waste there time out , that’s laughable . Take a look at the calls in the playoffs to date , any coach who doesn’t challenge there up 2-0 should be fired on the bench . Talbot was clearly stopped from sliding with perry skate , then the contact afterwards in the spot of the oncoming puck . And up until that point they were dominating the game.
      The OIL are far from done if the zebras don’t give away any more games .

      • Craig breathe a little man no need to take it so seriously ..

        It’s called an opinion and mind won’t change the outcome of the call no matter how much you whine about it.

        He barely touched his foot and gentley brushed against his blocker.

        But go ahead and wear your Oilers cape and sleep tight in your Mcdavid PJs

      • Dino

        I didn’t make any rude remark , or attack you , I addressed the comment , stating my opinion , like you . You are probably a leafs fan just angry at any team in the playoffs . Pretty sure you are the one worked up here , I’ll sleep well in my mcswazey PJ’s though , and wait for another response and win in game 5 . With what has been set for a standard in these playoffs / late season that is clearly interference, not even in question , you probably don’t even know what I’m talking about with the rest because I’m guessing you don’t watch the games if your giving any zebras the benefit of the doubt right now

    • I supposed that wasn’t icing either in OT eh Dino , save the challenge lol , yeah good idea , I’m sure talbot and his immediate reaction would have loved him to stand pat on a call that was clear, really stand up for your guys , not even a reasonable arguement