NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 17, 2018
Playoff game recaps, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The San Jose Sharks tallied seven unanswered goals to crush the Anaheim Ducks 8-1 in Game 3 of their opening-round match-up, taking a 3-0 series lead and pushing the Ducks to the brink of elimination. Forwards Logan Couture and Joonas Donskoi each had a goal and two assists for the Sharks, who can close out the series with a win in Game 4 on Thursday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was the most lopsided playoff defeat for the Ducks in franchise history. Undisciplined play proved costly in this game, but their lack of scoring punch in this series (three goals in as many games) remains their biggest weakness.
Patrick Marleau scored twice and Frederik Andersen made 40 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs doubled up the Boston Bruins 4-2 in Game 3 of their opening-round series, cutting the latter’s series lead to 2-1. The Leafs were playing without forward Leo Komarov, who was sidelined by a lower-body injury. Game 4 goes Thursday night in Toronto.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After being steamrolled in the first two games, the Leafs put forth a much better effort in this contest. They shut down the Bruins top-scoring line, thanks in part to solid goaltending from Andersen, including an amazing stick save on Bruins winger David Pastrnak late in the third period.
A four-goal third period powered the New Jersey Devils to a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of their first-round series. Cory Schneider got his first start of the series and turned aside 34 shots, while winger Taylor Hall scored a goal and set up two others. Tampa Bay winger Ryan Callahan missed this game with a suspected right-shoulder injury. The Lightning hold a 2-1 series lead, with Game 4 slated for Wednesday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Schneider was solid in this contest, shrugging off an apparent leg injury in the third period to finish the game. The Devils played a much better team game, driving the Lightning to distraction and forcing them into undisciplined penalties.
Nathan MacKinnon scored twice as the Colorado Avalanche jumped to a 4-0 lead on route to a 5-3 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 3 of their opening-round series. The Predators hold a 2-1 series lead, with Game 4 set for Wednesday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avs once again opened the scoring but this time they were able to build on that early lead. They also chased Nashville starter Pekka Rinne from the net after he gave up four goals on 15 shots.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets coach Paul Maurice provided no update yesterday on the status of defenseman Tyler Myers, who suffered an apparent leg injury in Game 3 of their series against the Minnesota Wild. Myers is considered doubtful for Game 4 tonight in Minnesota. The Jets hold a 2-1 lead in that series.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky (upper-body injury) is expected to miss Games 3 and 4 of his club’s series with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters has until Friday to exercise the exit clause in his contract. He has one year remaining on his current deal worth $1.6 million in salary. Hurricanes president and interim general manager Don Waddell confirmed some team have contacted the club asking permission to speak to Peters.