NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 13, 2018
Jets draw first blood in the Western Conference Final, latest on the Capitals and Lightning and Mike Fisher retires again. Details in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Winnipeg Jets scored three goals within the opening 7:35 of the first period on route to a 4-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final. Blake Wheeler collected three assists while teammates Mark Scheifele and Dustin Byfuglien each had a goal and an assist. Jonathan Marchessault assisted on both Golden Knights goals. Game 2 goes Monday night in Winnipeg.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets showed little signs of wear and had no difficulty adjusting to a new opponent only two days following the end of their second-round series. Meanwhile, the Golden Knights looked rusty after a week off between series. We’ll likely see a better effort from them on Monday.
NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals head coach Barry Trotz remains optimistic about Nicklas Backstrom taking part in the Eastern Conference Final at some point. Backstrom’s been sidelined with an upper-body injury suffered in Game 5 of the Capitals’ second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Backstrom was reportedly skating with his teammates in practice on Saturday but there’s no confirmation that he’ll take part in Game 2 tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: A better effort is expected from Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy and his defense in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Lightning fell 4-2 to the Capitals in Game 1.
NHL.COM: Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher is retiring again. He initially retired last August but rejoined the club in February, netting four points in 16 regular-season games and one goal in 12 playoff contests.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fisher said he has no intention of coming out of retirement again. “I’ve milked this cow as long as it’ll go,” he said. “It’s bone dry.”