NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 8, 2018
Washington Capitals win the Stanley Cup, Alex Ovechkin named playoff MVP. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Washington Capitals are the 2018 Stanley Cup champions. Third-period goals by Devante Smith-Pelly and Lars Eller lifted the Capitals from a 3-2 deficit to a 4-3 over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, winning the series in five games. It’s the Capitals’ first Cup championship.
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs’ most valuable player. Ovechkin’s 15 goals led all playoff scorers and he finished second in points behind linemate Evgeny Kuznetsov with 27 points.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to the Capitals on their hard-fought, well-deserved championship. They finally ended years of heartbreak and disappointment. I have several friends who are Caps fans and many of them were crying tears of joy last night.
Though Kuznetsov was my playoff MVP (and some folks suggested goaltender Braden Holtby would’ve also been a good choice), Ovechkin was a deserving winner of the Conn Smythe. He’s forever silenced the critics who’ve often unfairly claimed he never stepped up in big games or didn’t do enough to win it all. At the very least, he won’t be subjected to this lame joke anymore.
SPORTNET: Capitals head coach Barry Trotz’s contract expires at the end of this month. However, he isn’t ruling out returning in that role. “If he wants to be back, he’ll be back,” said general manager Brian MacLellan.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Trotz has also ended over 20 years of playoff disappointment with this Cup win, but speculation over his future hung over him throughout this postseason. He and MacLellan are expected to meet within the next several days to discuss the issue, but it certainly seems like the Capitals GM wants Trotz to stay.
LAS VEGAS SUN: Despite the disappointing end to the Cup Final for the Vegas Golden Knights, this season will be defined by the bond they formed with the city of Las Vegas.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Golden Knights have nothing to be ashamed of. They defied the odds, topped their division by setting records for wins (51) and points (109) by an expansion team, and reached the Stanley Cup Final. They endeared themselves to the citizens of Las Vegas, especially in the aftermath of a mass shooting in the city last October. Las Vegas fully embraced this team and became a hockey town.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Golden Knights’ inability to win the Stanley Cup was a silver lining for Las Vegas sports books, which stood to lose millions had the club beat the odds and captured hockey’s greatest prize.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban is dating American skier Lindsey Vonn.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks yesterday re-signed winger Andreas Martinsen to a one-year contract extension. He was under a one-year, $675K contract for 2017-18.