NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 3, 2018
Sharks square series with Golden Knights, Lightning take series lead over Bruins, Tom Wilson suspended, Stars to announce new head coach. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines
NHL.COM: Martin Jones had a 34-save shutout as the San Jose Sharks blanked the Vegas Golden Knights 4-0, tying their second-round series at two games apiece. Logan Couture and Brenden Dillon each collected two assists for the Sharks, who also successfully killed off all five of Vegas’ power-play opportunities. The series returns to Vegas for Game 5 on Friday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was the Sharks best performance of the series. They did an excellent job neutralizing the Golden Knights’ power play while Jones was stellar between the pipes.
Two goals by Ondrej Palat in the opening 3:19 of the first period powered the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins. The win gives the Lightning a 2-1 lead in their second-round series, which resumes Friday in Boston. Winger Yanni Gourde became the second Lightning player to become a father in the 2018 playoffs (J.T. Miller was the other), returning in time to take part in Game 3.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to Gourde and his wife. For the second straight game, the Lightning managed to contain Boston’s top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. If the Bruins’ secondary scorers don’t start cashing in soon this series could be over in five games.
NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON/PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Capitals winger Tom Wilson received a three-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese during Game 3 of their second-round series. Meanwhile, the Penguins need more from forwards Phil Kessel and Derick Brassard in this series against the Capitals.
THE TENNESSEAN/WINNIPEG SUN: The Nashville Predators need to regroup and stick with goaltender Pekka Rinne after blowing a three-goal lead to fall 7-4 to the Winnipeg Jets in Game 3 of their second-round series. Meanwhile, Jets forward Mathieu Perreault was medically cleared to return to action after being sidelined for the past seven games with a suspected shoulder injury.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: On Friday, the Dallas Stars expected to name Denver University’s Jim Montgomery as their new head coach. He’ll become just the fifth coach in hockey history to jump directly from the NCAA ranks into the NHL. He guided his club to the 2017 NCAA championship.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Having spent parts of six seasons as an NHL player with the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks and the Stars, Montgomery knows what to expect at the big-league level. He also has a reputation for working well with young player. That should should prove invaluable to a roster with six regulars under 25 who skated in 70-plus games this season.
NHL.COM: Daniel and Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks, P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators and Jason Zucker of the Minnesota Wild are this year’s finalists for the King Clancy Trophy.
The Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames will play a pair of preseason games in China this September.