NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 14, 2018

by | May 14, 2018 | News, NHL

Capitals take 2-0 series lead in Eastern Conference Final, plus the latest on the Jets, Golden Knights and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Evgeny Kuznetsov and Lars Eller each had a goal and two assists as the Washington Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final. Alex Ovechkin, Tom Wilson and John Carlson each had two points for the Capitals, who lead the series 2-0 as it shifts to Washington for Game 3 on Tuesday. Steven Stamkos and Braden Point also had two points for the Lightning. 

Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov collected three points in a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Lightning put forth a better effort for a little while in this game, taking a 2-1 lead into the second period. After that, it was all Capitals. The turning point came late in the second period on goals by Eller and Kuznetsov.

The Capitals have been relentless, outhustling the Lightning and feasting on Tampa Bay’s woeful penalty kill and Andrei Vasilevskiy’s shaky goaltending. Heading into Game 3, it’s already gut-check time for the Lightning.

THE ATHLETIC: Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien’s become the physical, fun-loving heart and soul of the Winnipeg Jets this season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Byfuglien’s strong play in this year’s playoffs has some pundits suggesting he could be a Conn Smythe Trophy candidate.

NHL.COM: After getting thumped by the Jets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final, the Vegas Golden Knights are confident they’ll bounce back in Game 2 tonight. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After a week off, the Golden Knights looked rusty against the Jets. I expect we’ll see a better effort from them going forward in this series. 

ESPN.COM: Speaking of the Golden Knights, they’re helping to raise hockey’s betting profile. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets goaltending coach Ian Clark will reportedly depart the club when his contract expires on July 1. He spent the past seven seasons working with the Jackets’ goaltenders.