NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 29, 2018
Sharks put double-OT bite on Golden Knights, Bruins douse the Lightning, Sabres win the draft lottery. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Logan Couture scored twice, including the winner in double overtime, as the San Jose Sharks overcame a 2-0 deficit to edge the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 2 of their second-round series. Brent Burns also had two goals for the Sharks and William Karlsson tallied twice for the Golden Knights, who suffered their first postseason defeat in franchise history.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Golden Knights thought they had scored the winner in overtime but the goal was overturned due to a goalie interference call on Jonathan Marchessault.
The Boston Bruins’ top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak combined for 11 points in a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of their second-round series. Marchand and Pastrnak each had four points and Bergeron three. Rick Nash also tallied twice for the Bruins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask lost the blade on his left skate before the Lightning’s second goal, prompting an angry response that provided some inadvertent hilarity. Rask felt there should’ve been a stoppage of play, but league rules indicate that can only happen if a goaltender loses his mask.
The Buffalo Sabres hold the first-overall selection in the 2018 NHL Draft after winning the draft lottery on Saturday. The Carolina Hurricanes moved up from 11th to second and the Montreal Canadiens from fourth to third, while the Arizona Coyotes and Ottawa Senators fell out of the top three and the Vancouver Canucks dropped to seventh. The draft order is as follows:
1. Buffalo Sabres
2. Carolina Hurricanes
3. Montreal Canadiens
4. Ottawa Senators
5. Arizona Coyotes
6. Detroit Red Wings
7. Vancouver Canucks
8. Chicago Blackhawks
9. New York Rangers
10. Edmonton Oilers
11. New York Islanders
12. New York Islanders (from Calgary Flames)
13. Dallas Stars
14. Philadelphia Flyers (from St. Louis Blues)
15. Florida Panthers
OTTAWA SUN: Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said he’ll retain his first-round pick in this year’s draft. He had the option of sending it to the Colorado Avalanche as part of last November’s Matt Duchene. The Avs will receive the Senators’ 2019 first rounder.
USA TODAY: The NHL wouldn’t let the Vancouver Canucks send their mascot Fin to represent the club at the draft lottery.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (lower-body injury) is probable to play in Game 2 today against the Washington Capitals.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks’ local television rating plunged nearly by half since their 2015 Stanley Cup championship run.