NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 18, 2018

by | May 18, 2018 | News, NHL | 4 comments

Lightning tie Eastern Conference Final at two games apiece. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves and Alex Killorn tallied the game-winning goal as the Tampa Bay Lightning doubled up the Washington Capitals 4-2 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final. The series is now tied at two games apiece heading back to Tampa Bay for Game 5 on Saturday. Steven Stamkos also scored for the LIghtning. The loss spoiled the return of Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, who’d been sidelined since Game 5 of the second-round series against Pittsburgh with an injured right hand. 

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy backstopped his club to a 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 4 of the 2018 Eastern Conference Final (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was perhaps Vasilevskiy’s best game in this year’s playoffs. The Capitals outshot the Lightning 38-19 but the Tampa Bay netminder was the difference maker, thwarting several quality scoring chances.

The Bolts also did a fine job on the penalty kill, holding the Capitals scoreless in four attempts. Tampa Bay’s power-play, meanwhile, remains lethal, with Stamkos’ goal coming with the man advantage while Killorn scored just seconds after their second power-play opportunity expired. 

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets head coach Paul Maurice remains mum over the status of forward Nikolaj Ehlers for Game 4 of the Western Conference Final. Ehlers missed Game 3 with an undisclosed ailment. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights hope the Jets’ trend of costly turnovers in Game 3 continues in Game 4 tonight. 

NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider hopes to sell his New Jersey home for $2.9 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In the last two episodes of the Face Off Hockey Show, we reviewed the homes up for sale by baseball great Cal Ripken and former Colorado Avalanche star Milan Hejduk. Looks like we can continue that topic for another week, boys! Big difference between Schneider’s place and the others is he “only” has five-and-a-half bathrooms (Ripken has considerably more) and his home lacks a private rink (with its own Zamboni) like Hejduk’s



  1. maybe Schneider knows something we don’t… great trade chip. how about Schneider and severson to car for darling with 1.5 held and hanifen.

    • nope he’s staying with the Devils. I doubt teams would trade for him since he is recovering from surgery, and won’t be ready for the start of the season

  2. Very quietly, it appears that it is now OK for the officials to go to video review on a penalty call. The Bolts fan in me wants to say that the confusion came because there was no penalty, just a world class FIFA worthy dive by Oshie. No wonder the ref couldn’t figure out which Bolt to call. The Bolts fan in me also screams BIAS when Hedman goes to the box instead of Gourde. But the Hockey fan screams NOOOO; if we start reviewing penalties we’ll soon see the four hour game, and refs even sloppier than today if they can fix their ‘mistakes’. They are going to hide between “trying to get the right guy, not confirm the call”. OK, I’ve seen the four zebras huddle up before and change their minds. But this going to the review is a first (for me). I do admit (Bolts fan again) that they possibly mentioned during the exchange that the play was a dive, and a similar play by Oshie in the next period went uncalled. Karma. I also noted that the ‘touch-the-hands standard’ was enforced (poor Eller) but the clutch/grab/tackle tactics otherwise took me back to the 2004 Conference finals against the big bad flyers. The rough stuff was generally allowed both ways, but the contrast between the regular season has gotten pretty extreme. It’s hard to explain to a non-fan why tackles and elbows are fine, but a tap with the stick is a penalty.
    The Bolts fan is thrilled that his goalie committed Vasilarceny….and if my friends aren’t watching I feel a bit for Ovechkin. A superstar giving 110% on every shift and trying to carry his team, and wearing his passion on his sleeve. Playing hard in all three zones. There were times in his career when I though he was a selfish shooter and a dirty player. But I hope the player I see here wins his cup (just not this year).

    • Did you see the footage of Oshie and Wilson practicing dives in warmups? That’s a summer romance that is heating up right there. I wonder how Oshies super hot wife feels about his new romance?