NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 1, 2017

by | Jun 1, 2017 | News, NHL | 12 comments

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Jake Guentzel scores one of his two goals against the Nashville Predators in Game 2 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

Penguins take 2-0 lead in Stanley Cup Final plus updates on the Capitals, Leafs, Canucks & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: A three-goal outburst in just over three minutes early in the third period powered the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators, taking a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

Jake Guentzel scored twice, including the game winner just 10 seconds into the third. It was his fifth game-winning goal in this year’s playoffs, setting a new rookie record. Scott Wilson and Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Penguins, while goaltender Matt Murray kicked out 37 shots. 

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE:  The Penguins ability to match the Predators’ physical play was a factor in Game 2. 

THE TENNESSEAN: As the series shifts to Nashville for Games 3 and 4, the Predators must avoid the mistakes that led to their defeat in Games 1 and 2. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the Preds weren’t as dominant in this game as they were in Game 1, they were still the better team for most of Game 2. However, the same factors that were their undoing in the first game rose to the fore again in the second one. A combination of the Penguins cashing in on their brief moments of control, shaky goaltending from Pekka Rinne and the solid play of Murray doomed the Predators.

That said, the Predators can get back into this series on home ice by sticking with their game plan, eliminating those brief breakdowns that end with the puck in the back of their own net and getting a better effort from Rinne. 

CSN MID-ATLANTIC: Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan is open to re-signing defenseman Dmitry Orlov and forward Evgeny Kuznetsov to long-term extensions. MacLellan also said the club has engaged in substantive talks with the agent for winger Brett Connolly. The trio are restricted free agents with arbitration rights this summer. 

VANCOUVER SUN: The Columbus Blue Jackets will give up their second-round selection (55 overall) in this year’s draft to the Vancouver Canucks as compensation for hiring former Canucks coach John Tortorella in 2015. 

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello suggested that his club could be without a captain again next season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, they could delay the inevitable coronation of Auston Matthews as team captain until the summer of 2018. 

SPORTSNET: Former NHL forward Marc Savard believes the league should consider mandatory suspensions for headshots, even for those that are accidental. Savard had his career cut short by concussion symptoms as a result of hits to his head. 



  1. There’s another “rule” the NHL can send to the scrap-heap – “compensation for hiring a fired coach.” What frikken idiocy. The Canucks can Tortorella – literally saying “we don’t want you here anymore” – but then can demand some sort of return for any team that hires him? If a player is sacked – bought out or not extended a qualifying offer – there is no compensation.

    • They scrapped actually that idiotic rule couple months after Tortorella hiring, but still CBJ has to pay up

    • There is not even compensation for a team poaching a valued member of another teams management. Otherwise the Sabres would owe the Penguins for stealing Botterill and Sexton. It was a bad rule if the person was fired but still under contract. It’s different though if the hiring actually hurts the other team.

  2. So Savard wants mandatory suspensions for “head shots” – accidental or not. How about a “no contact” league? Then everyone can flit around like water fleas without fear. Maybe Savard can tell US how a 6′ 9″ Zdeno Chara can deliver a check on a 5′ 9″ Johnny Gaudreau without making contact with the head.

    • I don’t want to take physical play out of the game but your Chara – Gaudreau argument is a big failure. Just because you are taller than someone you should be able to break the rules?? I’m not sure about suspensions but the head shots have to go.

      • It isn’t a question of “breaking the rule” – it’s a question of referee interpretation – tell me how a Chara checks a Gaudreau WITHOUT having the head come into contact with Chara’s body? What’s he supposed to – make a mental note of all the smurfs on the opposing team before the game starts and simply avoid checking them with a legal, open-ice body check?

  3. Sure looks like the Pens have Rinne a bit rattled.

  4. I think Pitts well outplayed Nashville in the third period. For all the positive Nashville has done and played a great game one, but nothing to show for it. The scary part for Nashville is Pittsburgh hasn’t played a 60 minute game to this point.
    On the NBC broadcast they catch PK saying FU to the penguins crowd but yet in the Canadian media he gets a pass and no mention of it anywhere. Just curious why he get a pass?

    • Nah. He said “fuddle-duddle.”

      • As we know, in Canada PK can do no wrong. But he did promise a win in game 3, I hope he told Rinne.

      • Something like Crosby can do no wrong in Pittsburgh you mean? Give it a rest.

      • George get a clue!