NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 5, 2017
Rangers tie series with Senators plus updates on Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Oscar Lindberg scored twice and Tanner Glass collected two assists to give the New York Rangers a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 4 to even their second-round series at two games apiece.
Senators captain Erik Karlsson missed the third period with an apparent leg injury but is expected to be ready to play Game 5 on Saturday in Ottawa. Sens starting goalie Craig Anderson was pulled after the second period.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston has a fine analysis of the collapse of the Senators’ vaunted “Kanata Wall” defense over the last two games. Of note was how the Rangers were blocking shots high in the defensive zone resulting in odd-man rushes. The Senators must adjust or risk the Blueshirts winning the next two games and marching on to the next round.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Concussed Penguins captain Sidney Crosby skated yesterday in full gear at the club’s practice facility, but he remains on a day-to-day basis. Crosby hasn’t been ruled out yet for Game 5 against the Washington Capitals on Saturday.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf is once again the centerpiece of his club’s playoff push. He’s currently second in playoff scoring (13 points), with four of those coming in his club’s series-tying victory in Game 4 of their match-up with the Edmonton Oilers.
THE TENNESSEAN: Underrated Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis has vaulted into the spotlight in the 2017 playoffs. He’s the Predators’ leading scorer (nine points) and is riding a franchise-record tying seven game point streak.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights signed Russian forward Vadim Shipachyov to a two-year, $9 million contract. It’s the first pro signing in franchise history.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see if this signing turns into more than just the answer to a trivia question. While Shipachyov enjoyed success in the KHL, he’s making his first foray into the NHL.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Pittsburgh police are investigating a report of a woman being raped in a women’s restroom during the Penguins’ game on Wednesday at PPG Paints Arena. The club is cooperating with police but declined to comment because of the ongoing investigation.