NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 27, 2018
Playoff game recaps, Lindsay Award nominees revealed, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Vegas Golden Knights continue to roll in the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, scoring four first-period goals on route to a 7-0 beat-down of the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of their second-round series. Having swept the Los Angeles Kings from the first round, the Golden Knights have yet to lose a playoff game.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves for the shutout while Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith each collected three points. Sharks winger Evander Kane could face a suspension after he was ejected for cross-checking Vegas winger Pierre-Marc Bellemare in the head.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks were expected to match Vegas’ speed but they looked a step behind throughout this game. Their defensive game was horrific. They’ll need a much better effort in Game 2 on Saturday.
Jake Guentzel had a goal and two assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied from a 2-0 deficit to edge the Washington Capitals 3-2 in the opening game of their second-round series. Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist each had a goal and an assist for the Penguins, while Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin tallied for the Capitals. Game 2 goes Sunday afternoon in Washington.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s the Penguins’ message to the Capitals in every playoff series:
NHLPA: New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid are this year’s finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award. This award is handed out annually “to the most outstanding player in the NHL,” as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.”
SPORTSNET: Los Angeles Kings forwards Dustin Brown (left shoulder) and Trevor Lewis (right hand) underwent surgery to repair their respective injuries. Both are expected to be fully recovered before training camp in September.
NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier played the season with a chronic left wrist and hand injury requiring two-to-four weeks of treatment. Forward Pavel Zacha injured a ligament in his right thumb and wrist near the end of this season. Neither player will undergo surgery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The league shouldn’t be too harsh on Marchand. That’s probably the only way he knows how to show affection. (Just kidding!)
CALGARY SUN: Calgary city council will vote next month on a measure to start a committee to reopen arena talks with the Flames.