NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 7, 2017
Capitals beat Penguins to avoid elimination, Senators push Rangers to the brink & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Unanswered third-period goals by Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin lifted the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory in Game 5 of their series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, forcing a sixth game back in Pittsburgh on Monday. The Penguins still hold a 3-2 lead in the series. This game also saw the return of Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who missed Game 4 with a concussion.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Entering the third period down 2-1 to the Penguins and down 3-1 in the series, that third period was do or die for the Capitals. Their best players rose to the occasion. They’ll need the same effort again in Game 6 if they hope to return to Washington for the seventh and deciding game.
Kyle Turris scored in overtime as the Ottawa Senators overcame a 4-3 deficit to beat the New York Rangers 5-4 in Game 5 of their second-round series. The Senators hold a 3-2 series lead and can wrap things up in New York on Tuesday. Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson collected three assists (including on the game winner) while logging over 31 minutes of ice time. Prior to Turris’ goal, a potential game winner by Rangers winger Michael Grabner in overtime was waived off because of a high stick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators play much better at home than they do on the road in this series. They looked nothing like the outplayed, demoralized bunch that stumbled through consecutive 4-1 losses to the Rangers in Game 3 and 4 in New York. They must channel that home-ice magic in Game 6 if they hope to finish off the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers hope to shake off their disappointing, controversial double-overtime loss in Game 5 to the Anaheim Ducks as the two clubs square off in Game 6 tonight. The Ducks hold a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series.
STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues must find a way to solve Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne if they hope to win Game 6 today and return home for a seventh and final game.
THE TENNESSEAN: Thanks to the Predators, Nashville is garnering a growing reputation as a strong hockey town.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Recently retired winger Bryan Bickell is taking life at a slower pace as he copes with the multiple sclerosis that ended his playing career.