NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 18, 2018
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.
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.