NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 1, 2018
Golden Knights bite Sharks in overtime, Lightning strikes the Bruins, Lamoriello out as Leafs GM. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
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.
— FOX5 Las Vegas (@FOX5Vegas) May 1, 2018
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.