NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 5, 2018
Lightning and Golden Knights on verge of advancing to the Conference Finals. Brad Marchand’s face-licking fetish creates a stir. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Dan Girardi’s overtime goal gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of their second-round series. With the win, the Lightning hold a 3-1 series lead and have an opportunity to conclude the series in Tampa Bay on Sunday.
The game, however, was overshadowed by questionable officiating, including a missed call on the Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov for knocking over Boston defenseman Charlie McAvoy in the third period that led to Steven Stamkos’ game-tying goal. Drawing the most attention was Bruins winger Brad Marchand licking Tampa Bay’s Ryan Callahan on the face in the first period.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t know why people are so upset about the lousy postseason officiating. After all, we really shouldn’t so surprised. Fans and pundits have complained about it for years and it’s only gotten worse. Here’s live footage of the league addressing the most recent complaints:
As for Marchand’s latest antics, yes, it’s disgusting, unsportsmanlike and should be considered akin to spitting in an opponent’s face. I don’t doubt the league will actually crack down on that.
The Vegas Golden Knights held off a third-period rally by the San Jose Sharks for a 5-3 victory in Game 5 of their second-round series. Vegas holds a 3-2 series lead and can wrap things up in Game 6 on Sunday in San Jose. At one point, the Golden Knights held a 4-0 lead thanks to two goals by winger Alex Tuch, chasing Sharks netminder Martin Jones from the game after he gave up four goals on 31 shots. Logan Couture collected three assists in a losing cause for San Jose.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins captain Sidney Crosby delivered a new set of hockey equipment to a seven-year-old fan whose family lost their possessions in a recent house fire.
NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Changes could be coming to the Capitals lineup for Game 5 tonight against the Penguins in Washington after the top line of Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Devante Smith-Pelly was held goalless in the previous game. Ovechkin and Smith-Pelly failed to register a shot on goal in that contest. The series is tied at two games apiece.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Now healthy, Jets forward Mathieu Perreault is hoping to return to the lineup in Game 5 after being held out of the previous game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Jets having dropped Game 5, Perreault might get his wish.
THE TENNESSEAN: Five-year-old heart recipient Caleb Daniels will get the opportunity to toss a catfish onto the ice in Game 5 of the Nashville Predators-Winnipeg Jets series today at Bridgestone Arena.
TSN: Arizona Coyotes center Marcus Kruger revealed he spent this season playing with a sports hernia before undergoing surgery last month. The Coyotes acquired Kruger on Thursday from the Carolina Hurricanes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That explains Kruger’s on-ice struggles this season. He managed just six points in 48 games and spent 19 games in the AHL.