NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 30, 2018
Predators, Capitals even their respective series, update on Hurricanes GM search and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Kevin Fiala’s double-overtime goal gave the Nashville Predators a 5-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 2 of their opening round series. Ryan Johansen scored twice for the Predators and teammates Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson each had three-point performances. Mark Scheifele tallied two goals and an assist for the Jets and Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and an assist. The series moves to Winnipeg for Game 3 tied at a game apiece.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was one of the most thrilling games I’ve seen in this year’s playoffs. It was very evenly matched, and while the Jets lost this one they put forth a better effort than in Game 1, which they stole thanks to an outstanding performance by goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. The Predators’ best players, meanwhile, made their presence felt in this one. If this game is any indication, we’re in for a very exciting series between these two talented clubs.
Braden Holtby turned in a 32-save performance to backstop the Washington Capitals to a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins to tie their second-round series at a game apiece. Alex Ovechkin opened the scoring and teammate Lars Eller collected three assists.
The Penguins thought they had narrowed the score to 3-2 in the third period but there was no conclusive evidence the puck crossed the goal line. They also lost defenseman Brian Dumoulin after he was struck in the head by the shoulder of Capitals winger Tom Wilson. No penalty was called on the play and there’s no indication he’ll face supplemental discipline. The Pens also played without center Evgeni Malkin, who remained sidelined by a lower-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A strong bounce-back effort by the Capitals following a heartbreaking opening-game defeat. The series shifts to Pittsburgh for Games 3 and 4. Don’t be surprised if Malkin returns to the Penguins lineup by then.
THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks’ captain Joe Pavelski has been the club’s heartbeat since taking over from the sidelined Joe Thornton as their first-line center.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Golden Knights’ coach Gerard Gallant could keep his lineup changes for Game 2 intact for Game 3 on Monday. He moved “David Perron back with regular linemates Erik Haula and James Neal while dropping Alex Tuch down to play with Cody Eakin and Ryan Carpenter.”
BOSTON HERALD: Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy is showing improvement following a roller-coaster series against Toronto. One reason is his ongoing recovery from an MCL sprain in his left knee.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning forwards Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat skipped practice Sunday for “body maintenance.
NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth will undergo arthroscopic surgery on both hips. He also said he will be changing trainers for the third straight year.
SPORTSNET: Carolina Hurricanes interim general manager Don Waddell will remain in the role for the time being. The club couldn’t reach an agreement with Buffalo Sabres assistant GM Steve Greeley and there’s no other prospective hires in the near future.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s believed one reason behind the Hurricanes’ difficulty in attracting quality candidates is new owner Tom Dundon’s salary offer is considered too low.