NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 19, 2018
Golden Knights push Jets to the brink of elimination from the Western Conference Final, plus updates on Cory Schneider, Jaden Schwartz and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Vegas Golden Knights are one victory away from reaching the 2018 Stanley Cup Final after edging the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final. Reilly Smith tallied the winner with a third-period goal while teammate Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves. With a 3-1 series lead, the Golden Knights could wrap things up on Monday in Winnipeg.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For the third straight game, the Jets gave up the first goal and spent the rest of the contest playing catch-up. For the second straight game, they dominated the third period but came out on the short end. The Jets seem to have no answer for Fleury’s goaltending and his teammates swift, aggressive checking. If they can’t resolve these issues in Game 5, they’ll be hitting the links on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON POST: After blowing a 2-0 lead to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final, the ghosts of previous postseason collapses by the Washington Capitals have returned.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals already put two playoff ghosts to rest this spring by defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in a playoff series for the first time in 24 years and reaching the Conference Final for the first time in two decades. Now comes the challenge of regaining their confidence after blowing a series that seemed to be theirs for the taking. That test comes tonight in Game 5.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning winger Chris Kunitz is the only active NHL player to win four Stanley Cups. He could have an opportunity to win his fifth if his club can advance past the Capitals to reach the Cup Final.
NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider isn’t selling his home because of an impending trade. He and his family are simply moving to another home in the area.
STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz suffered a shoulder injury in Canada’s 5-4 victory over Russia on Thursday at the World Championships. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said the injury wasn’t serious and doesn’t require surgery.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: After 30 seasons with six NHL teams in a variety of coaching roles, Dallas Stars assistant coach Rick Wilson has decided to retire. He’d been with the Stars from 1993 to 2009 and returned with the club this season after stops with Tampa Bay, Minnesota and St. Louis.
THE TENNESSEAN: Now-retired Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher isn’t ruling out returning to the club in a different role. He’s ruled out taking up coaching for now.
NYR GM Jeff Gorton is at World Championships in Denmark, so nothing is believed to be imminent but Quinn has already interviewed. For now, he appears to be a primary target.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 18, 2018