NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 15, 2018
Bruins, Sharks, Predators and Lightning take 2-0 leads in their respective series. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak had a six-point performance (three goals, three assists) as his club demolished the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 in Game 2 of their opening-round series, which moves to Toronto for Game 3 on Monday. Bruins forwards Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each collected four assists. Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen was pulled after giving up four goals in the first period. Toronto forward Leo Komarov left the game with a lower-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After two humiliating defeats, the Leafs are in trouble as they limp back to Toronto to lick their wounds. Apart from a couple of brief stretches in Game 1, the Bruins have dominated this series. Andersen hasn’t been sharp but it’s unfair to lay the blame for these debacles solely at his feet. As a team, the Leafs have been horrible. If they don’t find a way to turn things around, they’ll be hitting the golf course by the end of the week.
Logan Couture scored a goal and set up another as the San Jose Sharks edged the Anaheim Ducks to take a 2-0 lead in their opening round series. Sharks goaltender Martin Jones kicked out 28 shots for the win. Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm also had a goal and an assist. The series head to San Jose for Game 3 on Monday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After being shut out in Game 1, this was a better effort for the Ducks. Though they came up short, it could give them some confidence heading into Game 3.
The Nashville Predators held on for a 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs didn’t go down without a fight, battling back from three two-goal deficits. Kevin Fiala, P.K. Subban and Mattias Ekholm each had two points for the Predators, as did Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog for the Avs. Colorado defenseman Sam Girard missed the game with a lower-body injury. The series shifts to Colorado for Game 3 on Monday with the Preds leading two games to none.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Give the plucky Avalanche credit for not quitting in this game, but once again the Predators offensive depth was the difference.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 41 saves and Alex Killorn scored twice as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-3 to take a 2-0 lead in their opening-round series as it moves to New Jersey for Game 3 on Monday. Nico Hischier scored his first NHL playoff goal for the Devils, who pulled goalie Keith Kinkaid in the second period in favor of Cory Schneider after Kinkaid gave up five goals on 15 shots. Lightning winger Ryan Callahan and defensemen Dan Girardi left the game with injuries, leaving their status questionable for Game 3.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see if the Devils return with Kinkaid in Game 3 or give Schneider the start in that contest.
NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: The Capitals will go with Philipp Grubauer as their starting goaltender for Game 2 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
USA TODAY: Detroit Red Wings play-by-play announcer Ken Daniels is joining the fight against opioid addiction. His son, Jamie, died two years ago from an overdose of heroin laced with fentanyl.