NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 13, 2018
Playoff game recaps, Drew Doughty suspended plus updates on the Senators, Oilers and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Evander Kane scored two goals in his NHL playoff debut as the San Jose Sharks blanked the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven opening-round series. Joe Pavelski collected two assists and Martin Jones made 25 saves for the shutout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kane wasted little time making a positive impression in his first-ever postseason game. Performances like that could ensure the pending unrestricted free agent has a longer tenure in San Jose.
Two third-period goals by Filip Forsberg lifted the Nashville Predators to a series-opening 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. The Predators had to overcome 1-0 and 2-1 deficits before blowing the game open in the third.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Give the underdog Avs some credit for being more competitive than I think many observers expected them to be in this game. Forsberg, however, made the difference, especially with his through-the-legs highlight-reel goal to make it 4-2.
Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak scored and set up two others as his club thumped the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 1 of their opening-round series. Leafs center Nazem Kadri will have a hearing with the NHL department of player discipline today for boarding Bruins forward Tommy Wingels in the third period. Kadri received a major penalty and was ejected.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kadri was responding to Wingels elbowing Leafs forward Mitch Marner, but it’s clear he was frustrated by that point. The Bruins took over control of the game with two goals late in the second period. Except for a few stretches in the first two periods, the Leafs were outplayed in this one.
Seth Jones’ tying goal late in the third period set the stage for Artemi Panarin’s overtime winner as the Columbus Blue Jackets overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to edge the Washington Capitals 4-3, taking a 1-0 lead in their opening-round series. Panarin also added two assists. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice for the Capitals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This game was a rough one. Blue Jackets winger Josh Anderson was ejected for boarding Washington’s Michal Kempny. Meanwhile, Capitals winger Tom Wilson’s hit on Columbus’ Alexander Wennberg is under review by the league. Wennberg left the game and didn’t return.
Ondrej Palat had a goal and two assists to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils in Game 1 of their first-round series. Playing in his first NHL playoff game, Devils winger Taylor Hall scored and set up Travis Zajac’s goal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Devils made this one interesting by narrowing the LIghtning lead to 3-2 in the third before Alex Killorn scored to put the game out of reach.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty received a one-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head of Vegas Golden Knights forward William Carrier in Game 1 of their first-round series. Game 2 goes tonight in Las Vegas.
SPORTSNET: Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault is a game-day decision for Game 2 of his club’s series against the Minnesota Wild. Perreault suffered an upper-body injury in Game 1 and didn’t return.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson yesterday gave a vote of confidence to general manager Peter Chiarelli.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There was some speculation suggesting Chiarelli might lose his job following the Oilers’ disappointing performance this season. He’ll get the opportunity to get the club back on course this summer, but the moves he makes (or doesn’t make) will determine if he has a long-term future in Edmonton.
TSN: The future of Ottawa Senators head coach Guy Boucher remains uncertain as he and his coaching staff face an internal review by management that could last until the end of May.
OTTAWA SUN: Speaking of the Senators, they intend to keep their first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. They will instead “relinquish their first-round pick in 2019 as part of the deal that brought centre Matt Duchene to Ottawa in November.”
THE ATHLETIC: The former ownership group of the St. Louis Blues intends to sell their minority interest in the club.