NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 4, 2017
Predators win Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final plus updates on Henrik Lundqvist, Colton Parayko & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Nashville Predators picked up their first Stanley Cup Final victory, scoring five unanswered goals to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1.
The Preds overcame an early 1-0 deficit on second-period goals by Roman Josi, Frederick Gaudreau and James Neal. Josi finished with three points (one goal, two assists) while Pekka Rinne rebounded from shaky performances in the first two games with a 27-save effort.
Jake Guentzel tallied the only goal for the Penguins, while Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin failed to register a shot on goal. Pittsburgh was unable to score on their power play while the Predators cashed in with two PP goals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Predators made good on P.K. Subban’s guarantee of a win in Game 3. After a jittery start, they took control of the game in the second half of the first period and never looked back. While this was a big win for Nashville, they’re still down two games to one to the Penguins. They’ll need another strong effort in Game 4 on Monday to avoid returning to Pittsburgh for Game 5 down three games to one.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist played the gold medal game for Sweden in the recent World Championships with an isolated MCL sprain in one of his knees. He’ll need four-to-six weeks of recovery but it’s not expected to adversely affect his offseason training plan.
STLTODAY.COM: There’s growing interest around the league in St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko. He’s a restricted free agent this summer, but don’t expect a rival club to pry him away with a big offer sheet. In a recent interview, Blues GM Doug Armstrong said his club would match any offer for Parayko.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek is coming off a difficult season. Wings coach Jeff Blashill believes the 24-year-old netminder must work to improve his game in the offseason.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Until this season, Mrazek was considered the Wings starting goaltender. However, he was outplayed early in the season by veteran Jimmy Howard and struggled after Howard was sidelined by a knee injury. If the Wings don’t shop him via trade or lose him in the expansion draft, they’ll need a much better effort from him next season.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Golden Knights GM George McPhee doesn’t anticipate moving up or down in the opening round of the 2017 NHL Draft. McPhee holds the sixth-overall selection.