NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 6, 2018

by | May 6, 2018 | News, NHL | 4 comments

Capitals and Jets one win away from the Conference Finals plus updates on Brad Marchand, Torey Krug, Evander Kane and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Washington Capitals are one win away from reaching the Eastern Conference Final after downing the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 in Game 5 of their second-round series. Jakub Vrana and Evgeny Kuznetsov each collected three points (with Vrana tallying the game-winning goal) and Braden Holtby making 36 saves for the Capitals. With a 3-2 series lead, the Capitals can wrap things up in Game 6 in Pittsburgh on Monday.

Jakub Vrana tallied the game winner to give the Washington Capitals a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of their second-round series (Photo via NHL Images).

It was a costly win for the Capitals, as center Nicklas Backstrom left the game in the third period with an upper-body injury and defenseman John Carlson missed the final minute of the third following a high hit from Penguins forward Jake Guentzel.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: More details about the status of Backstrom and Carlson could be released later today. It’s unclear how Backstrom was injured. Capitals coach Barry Trotz believed Guentzel deserves a suspension for his hit on Carlson but we’ll see if the league shares his view. 

The Winnipeg Jets are one game away from advancing to the Western Conference Final after defeating the Nashville Predators 6-2 in Game 5 of their second-round series. Kyle Connor scored twice and made a nifty move to set up Mark Scheifele early in the third period. 

While the Jets can eliminate the Predators back home in Game 6 on Monday, Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban is channeling Mark Messier by claiming his club will push this series to a seventh and deciding game. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Predators will have to regain their tight-checking form that all but stymied the Jets in Game 4. Winnipeg blew the game open with a four-goal second period and put it away with two in the third. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bruin defenseman Torey Krug (ankle injury) is sidelined for the remainder of their second-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Meanwhile, the league has informed the Bruins that it will no longer tolerate Brad Marchand licking opponents. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yesterday was a rough day for the Bruin. They lose their top offensive blueliner and endure a scolding from the league for Marchand’s embarrassing behavior. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning hold a 3-1 series lead and can eliminate Boston with a victory today. However, they aren’t taking their lead for granted. 

THE ATHLETIC: Winger Evander Kane knows he must play better if the San Jose Sharks are to force a Game 7 against the Vegas Golden Knights. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Golden Knights forward William Carrier is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

NEW YORK POST: Today marks the 30th anniversary of the “Have another donut!” clash between former New Jersey Devils coach Jim Schoenfeld and former NHL referee Don Koharski. 



  1. I think the NHL should be should hang it head in shame for its late action regarding Marchand. he should have been given a ten minute penalty the first time against Toronto for unsportsmen like conduct and ten and a game for his second infraction. Licking your opponent is just plain silly and it is a joke the refs couldnt figure out how to stop it. The NHL looks bad

    • 2 min minor, unsportsmanlike conduct, & 10 min misconduct on the 1st, add a game misconduct on the 2nd offence. If spitting at a player or ref is a gross misconduct, doesn’t licking achieve the same result, you end up with someone else’s bodily fluids, the same fluids as spitting on you.

      Why Marchand was allowed to do this twice before the NHL addressed is a joke & I’m a lifelong Bruins fan.

      It really lends to the level of intelligence Marchand apparently has. Very little. Love his skill but not impressed with his antics.

    • the league should have fined Marchand when he licked Komarov. Since they took no action then, he felt he could get away with it.

      As always with everything the league does, it’s always after the fact, instead of precautionary

      it’s what you get when you have the league run by thugs such as Colin Campbell, George Parros, Chris Pronger, and previously by the Brian Burkes and Ed Snyders of the world.

  2. Barry Trotz trying to play mind games. Guentzel is 5’8” and Carlson is 6’4”. Guentzel’s skates didn’t leave the ice. No hearing because it wasn’t a high hit.