NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 13, 2018

by | May 13, 2018 | News, NHL

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. 

Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler collected three assists to lead his club to a 4-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final (Photo via NHL Images)

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.”