NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 24, 2018

by | May 24, 2018 | News, NHL

The Washington Capitals are the Eastern Conference champions, the New York Rangers hire a new head coach, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Washington Capitals are the 2018 NHL Eastern Conference champions, blanking the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 to win Game 7 of their conference final series. Braden Holtby made 29 saves for his second straight shutout, Alex Ovechkin tallied the game winner just over a minute into the first period and Andre Burakovsky scored twice to put the game out of reach. The Capitals will face the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2018 Stanley Cup Final, with Game 1 of the series at Las Vega’s T-Mobile Arena at 8 pm ET on Monday, May 28. 

Braden Holtby picked up his second straight shutout as the Washington Capitals blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 in Game 7 of the 2018 Eastern Conference Final (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Buoyed by Holtby’s stellar play, the Capitals rode the momentum they’d built up in Game 6 to a dominating performance in Game 7. It wasn’t easy, as the Lightning controlled the play for large portions of the first and second periods until Burakovsky put the game away with his second goal of the night. It was a well-earned victory by the Capitals, who are heading to the Cup Final for the first time in 20 years. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Las Vegas bookmakers have the Golden Knights as the favorite to win the Cup. 

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers yesterday announced David Quinn will become the 35th head coach in franchise history. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Quinn has a well-rounded coaching resume, including a three-year stint as an AHL head coach and one season with the Colorado Avalanche in 2012-13 as an assistant coach.

As the Post observes, he’s joining a young, rebuilding Rangers roster filled with players in their system who’ve come up through the college ranks. “The hope is that Quinn can develop the talent while not taking too long to turn them into a group that can compete for and in the postseason.”

KOMO NEWS: The city of Seattle could get conditional approval for an NHL expansion franchise during the June 20th meeting of the league board of governors. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: One step closer, Seattle hockey fans. Your dream is one step closer to reality. And I couldn’t be happier for you guys. Seattle has the potential to be a great NHL hockey town. With the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames close by, the Pacific Northwest could become a very lucrative market for the league.