NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 1, 2018

by | May 1, 2018 | News, NHL | 6 comments

Golden Knights bite Sharks in overtime, Lightning strikes the Bruins, Lamoriello out as Leafs GM. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

William Karlsson was the overtime hero in the Vegas Golden Knights’ 4-3 victory in Game 3 against the San Jose Sharks (Photo via NHL Images)

  NHL.COM: William Karlsson’s overtime goal gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks and a 2-1 lead in their second-round series. Jonathan Marchessault led the Golden Knights with a goal and two assists. The Sharks had overcome a 3-1 deficit to force the extra frame on third-period goals by Evander Kane and Logan Couture. Game 4 is Wednesday night in San Jose.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And here’s the reaction to Karlsson’s goal by KVVU-TV’s live evening news show. 


After posting a plus/minus of minus-5 in Game 1, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brayden Point had a four-point performance (one goal, three assists) to lead his club to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. The series is now tied at a game apiece and heads to Boston for Game 3 on Wednesday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Lightning put forth a more physical effort in this contest, spotlighted by an energetic five-on-three penalty kill in the first period. While the Bruins top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak chipped in with assists, they were unable to score against the Bolts’ defense. Meanwhile, Boston’s not getting much offense from their other forwards, as it was blueliners Charlie McAvoy and Torey Krug who tallied the Bruins’ goals in this game. 

TRIBLIVE.COM/NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Sidelined Pittsburgh Penguins Evgeni Malkin, Brian Dumoulin and Carl Hagelin returned to practice yesterday but remain game-day decisions for Game 3 against the Washington Capitals tonight in Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, Capitals winger Tom Wilson will not face a disciplinary hearing for his hit to Dumoulin’s head that knocked the Pittsburgh defenseman out of Game 2. 

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS/THE TENNESSEAN: With Game 3 of the Nashville Predators-Winnipeg Jets series set for tonight in Winnipeg, the Jets hope to put their overtime loss in the previous contest behind them. The Predators, meanwhile, aren’t intimidated about playing in front of a noisy, enthusiastic crowd at Winnipeg’s Bell MTS Place. 

TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs yesterday announced Lou Lamoriello won’t be returning as general manager. As Lamoriello moves into a senior adviser role, there’s no timetable for his replacement. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Leafs president Brendan Shanahan declined to say if he’ll promote one of his assistant GMs (Kyle Dubas or Mark Hunter) or look to outside the organization for Lamoriello’s replacement. Meanwhile, speculation persists suggesting Lamoriello might take over from Garth Snow as GM of the New York Islanders. Don’t expect Shanahan to take too long naming a new GM, as he’ll likely want them in place before the 2018 NHL Draft (June 22-23) in Dallas. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes have terminated the contract of former general manager Ron Francis, who was replaced in March on an interim basis by Don Waddell. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: New owner Tom Dundon’s handling of this situation, his failed efforts to find a new GM willing to work for well below market value and the sudden departure of head coach Bill Peters has raised eyebrows around the league. 

NEWSDAY: Speaking of the Islanders, construction of their new arena at Belmont Park is expected to begin on schedule next spring. 



  1. Why is the officiating worse than ever before? (if it is). Like many fans, I see bias against my team. Probably wrong. On examining the tape, there are an infinity of bad calls both ways. It seems worse, IMHO, because of the “structural” calls put in place by the NHL. The standard for ‘slashing’ leads to the calling of touch fouls. But whereas in the regular season, you might have a game with 5 or six of these, in the playoffs you’ll see an inconsequential touch called, per the new rules, then a dozen major hacks let go. The contrast is worse than before. The Icing race judgement leads to a lot of interference in the race to the dot, which leads to wave-offs & sometimes penalties during the season but is rewarded with icing calls in the playoffs. The crosscheck tolerance is gonna allow someone’s career to be ended by a ruptured spleen…it’s silly to me that a touch slash tot he stick is a penalty, but three hard crosschecks draw a warning. And the after the whistle tolerance is both individual and team biased – we all know who the dirty players are and what they do (and to be honest love them on our teams) but objectively,I’d prefer the game kept between the whistles. If two engaged guys continue for a bit, OK, but the third guy in should sit. Because the playoffs is so much more intense than the regular season, and because a few ticky tack ‘structural fouls’ are called, the contrast seems larger than before, thus within a game the inconsistancy seems larger. When a touch is called in the first, and the commentator says “OK if that’s the standard we want it called that way in the third” we all roll on the floor laughing. Oh, and even-up calls in the playoffs are really disgusting. Even if your are inconsistant, call the game you see and not to make your stat line ok. Finally, the review for goals and offside, and the need to “get it right” leads fans to say, OK, but the replay of that penalty show it to be a bad call…what about getting that right too. So a conclusion, it’s equally unfair, but worse (or less consistant) overall. And that’s not improving a great game.

    • Yes it feels horrible compared to the past but how much of that is better cameras, more angles, slow Mo and replay? If anything, those things have brought to light how big human error is when you leave decision making to people and give them discretion. It’s the same discreet given to police for ticket no ticket arrest no arrest. The same for teachers that your essay warrants a B versus an A-. What about judges with sentences they hand out. We are human and faulty. The problem is when in a position of authority and you thumb your nose to the guiding principles (rulebooks, etc) or forget to leave that ego in the trunk. At the end of the day NO ONE shows up to see how the teacher did, how the cop did, how the judge did, or how the ref did. No one pays admission to watch the ref. If you pit on that shirt and take the check then you owe it to everyone to do your best, if you cannot, step aside and let someone else try, then watch and learn from their mistakes and improve your service.

  2. The treatment of Ron Francis is a disgrace. I think this Dundon guy is trying to sabotage his own franchise so he can move the team.

  3. Everyone is talking about the Nash/Winn series and with good reason but this SJ/ Vegas series is also some fantastic hockey. Whichever 2 teams win these series will have another war on their hands in the WCF.

  4. I’m inclined to agree that the calls seem very subjective. Not just against my team but all over the place.

    I am going to hurt some feelings and say that if Vegas were to be called on all the actual penalties they would not be doing good. The league seems to be giving them a little leeway. Same with Pit at Tampa.

  5. I think everyone should have to go on the ice for at least 1 game & try to officiate even say at the minor league level lets say Peewee 11 & 12-year-olds. Their short & you still can’t call the game well from ice level, especially when only 2 of 4 officials can really call penalties. People are in your way, their moving, your moving, you simply can’t see or you think you see something but it happens so quickly you have to make a judgement call & players sell penalties.

    The problem isn’t the officials, the NHL has the best officials in the world. The 1st problem is the subjective nature or standards the NHL wants penalties called to. Eliminate this where ever possible, make it black & white so that everyone is less frustrated with what is or isn’t a penalty. You read the NHL rule book & most penalties aren’t being enforced as written.

    the 2nd for me as posted to Hockey Ramblings on Dobberhockey this AM.

    “I just don’t understand why in this day & age the NHL can’t get the officiating issue fixed & resolved. Why not have all 4 officials on the ice wear headsets. People at hockey opps can speak to them when necessary to advise them to call a penalty or overturn 1 if incorrect. It doesn’t need to be a drawn out review process on ever penalty whistle but lets make the right calls as much as possible.

    I get on ice officials miss a ton of stuff or think they see things that didn’t happen. It’s crowded, fast & they are spending the primary portion of their time trying to follow the puck if the lead official, the trailing trying to follow it & what else is going on. It’s fraught with error as you can’t see everything but the 1st replay of that stick incident was up in less than 15 seconds & was pretty obvious who’s stick was responsible.

    You don’t need a reply just someone saying in your ear no penalty Hedman’s stick cut himself.”

    You can never have a fair balance in this format where the argument it’s the same for everyone, or it all balances out doesn’t wash. I want a far tighter standard, I want the rules enforced as written.

    How can Marchand not get a slashing penalty called against TB late in the 3rd, slash was clearly to the hands-on what was almost a breakaway. Marchand should have stayed with the play & game & not been complaining during the play. The official was there looking right at it & let it go. That non-call & Hedman’s stick cutting himself; a double minor, eating up almost 1/3rd of the remaining time in the game are the types of calls & non-calls that drive fans crazy.

    Did that cost Bos the game? We’ll never know but it certainly was a factor.

    How in this day & age can’t we adapt to technology & get the calls, the important calls right? We seem to be far more concerned about whether players skates are on the ice, or off the ice when crossing the offensive blueline. Mindboggling. At least it is black & white. Now it just needs to be changed as we don’t skate with our skates both touching the ice at the same time unless coasting or standing still. All I care about is your trailing foot behind the line before the puck.

    the greatest sport in the world, 2018 & we keep f—ing it up.