NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 31, 2018

by | May 31, 2018 | News, NHL | 2 comments

Capitals win Game 2 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby backstopped his club to a 3-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final (Photo via NHL Images).

 NHL.COM: Braden Holtby made 37 saves, including an amazing stick save late in the third period, as the Washington Capitals edged the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 in Game 2 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final. Lars Eller had a goal and two assists, Andre Burakovsky had two assists and Alex Ovechkin tallied his first Stanley Cup Final goal. The series is now tied at one game apiece.

It was a costly victory for the Capitals, as first-line center Evgeny Kuznetsov let the game in the first period with what appeared to be an injured left wrist following a hit by Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb. 

The series shifts to Washington for Game 3 on Saturday at 8 pm ET.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals will miss Kuznetsov if he’s sidelined or hampered by that suspected wrist injury. In this game, however, his absence due to what the Capitals considered a questionable hit seemed to rally his teammates, who overcame a 1-0 deficit to take a lead the Golden Knights narrowed but couldn’t overcome. 

NATIONAL POST: If the Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup, casinos in Las Vegas could lose between $5 million to $7 million because so many locals made long-shot bets on the home town team before the start of the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Entering the season, one bookmaker had the Golden Knights at 500-1 to win the Stanley Cup. I briefly entertained the thought of putting down $20 just for a laugh but decided I didn’t want to waste my money. 




  1. Holtby — what a save! Kudos. I’m cheering for VGK— but Kudos Holtby. Oddly enough, 4 of the 5 goals were unstoppable and not the goalies’ faults. Holtby a little out of position on first goal. VGK have to step up the PP— on 5 on 3— get a guy infront of net— Wsh then must have a guy on him— left with a 4 on 2 to move the puck. Way better hockey played in game 2. I think game 3 will even be better hockey for both teams. Looking forward to the entertainment on Sat.

  2. Congrats to the Capitals on finally having more wins in the Stanley Cup Final than my old dek hockey team.

    Yesterday morning, we were tied.