NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 15, 2018

by | May 15, 2018 | News, NHL

Golden Knights take Game 2 of Western Conference Final, plus updates on the Lightning, Capitals and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Jonathan Marchessault scored twice to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 2 of the 2018 Western Conference Final. The series shifts to Las Vegas tied at a game apiece. Tomas Tatar picked up his first goal of the playoffs for the Golden Knights while Kyle Connor tallied the only goal for the Jets. Golden Knights forward David Perron was scratched from this game for unknown reasons. Game 3 will be on Wednesday at 9 pm ET.

Vegas Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault scored twice as his club downed the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 in Game 2 of the 2018 Western Conference Final (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a strong bounce-back effort for the Golden Knights. The Jets came close to scoring several times but the Golden Knights did a good job stymieing Winnipeg’s offense. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning are sticking with goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, who gave up 10 goals in the first two games of the Eastern Conference Final.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They really don’t have much choice. As columnist Martin Fennelly observed, “What, Louis Domingue is going to pull your fat from the fire?”

WASHINGTON POST: “Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny was fined $2,419.35, the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement, for cross-checking Tampa Bay’s Cedric Paquette in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced Monday.”

NHL.COM: In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing states to legalize sports gambling, the NHL released a statement saying it would “review our current practices and policies and decide whether adjustments are needed, and if so, what those adjustments will look like.” The league also said the ruling “has no immediate impact on existing League rules relating to sports wagering, and particularly, wagering involving NHL games.”

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis is open to signing a contract extension with the club this summer. He has a year remaining on his current deal. Pending free agents Scott Hartnell and Alexei Emelin won’t be re-signed.