NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 13, 2018

by | Apr 13, 2018 | News, NHL | 7 comments

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. 

Evander Kane scored twice in his NHL playoff debut to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 3-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 1 of their opening-round series (Photo via NHL Images).

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. 



  1. Never in my life have I seen a worse officiated game than the CBJ/Wash one. The non-calls/ghost calls in the first period basically spotted the Caps 2 goals. It was embarassing.

    On the other hand, Artemi Panarin is just sick.

    • Spotted two goals? Might want to re-evaluate that statement. The Caps scored twice on a 5 minute major against Anderson, who will probably get a suspension for a head shot. Meanwhile, those goals from Kuznetsov were solid power-play execution.

      The only other goal came off a slam dunk from Smith-Pelley, the result of a beautiful setup from Vrana.

      The Caps’ struggles came from their minimal even-strength scoring and a poor effort from their penalty killers in general, and in particular Brooks Orpik (Vanek had no business being anywhere but on his backside on that tying goal).

      The officiating was ugly in the first ten, but blaming that on the Caps scoring twice in the first is a stretch.

      • You’re right. Blaming the refs for all the mental mistakes Washington made is like blaming the moon for your wife getting pregnant.

      • Lmao you call that a headshot? Pass me whatever you’re smoking

  2. I have said on this site on many occasions that Evander Kane has the potential to be an elite player in this League. Two goals last night, plus his play this season, seems to be evidence that this player has certainly turned the corner. He is exciting to watch and a threat every time he is on the ice. It is best for all concerned if he brings that potential every night as ultimately hockey fans simply want to watch great hockey! I, for one, hope all the other foolishness surrounding him is a thing of the past. Keep in mind I definitely acknowledge that much of that was of his own making. The Sharks could very well be the surprise team of the 2018 playoffs.

  3. Yes, Colorado did look good for most of the game but their big line all logged over 21 minutes whereas the Pred’s big line played less than 15 minutes. Colorado has a great top line but Nashville’s depth is very impressive.

  4. Dear NHL, can you finally throw that meat brain Tom Wilson out of the league before he kills someone dead? Tnx-all of

    Leafs are in over their heads right now. CBJ is going to end the Caps quickly too.