NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 1, 2017
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.