NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 8, 2018

by | Jun 8, 2018 | News, NHL | 5 comments

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.

The Washington Capitals are the 2018 Stanley Cup champions (Photo via NHL.com).

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. 



  1. “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.”

    How was it unfair when he’d never done it until now? It was actually completely fair and rational criticism based on the reality of his work to date.

    As predicted, the PHWA went off name value instead of handing the Conn Smythe to either of the more deserving players.

    When the Hawks won, they showcased skill and the league tried to follow. When the Pens won, they showcased speed and the league tried to follow. Will teams now try to head shot their way to Cups after this win?

    I don’t mind Tom Wilson being dirty and I don’t mind him being a gutless coward, but I do mind him being a dirty gutless coward. More than that, I mind the Capitals using his long deserved punishment as their rallying cry.

    “This justice will not stand!!!”

    The best I can say for them is that they finally stopped choking and Ovechkin finally stopped dogging it. He figured out that he should backcheck. Congrats.

    Yes, their fans are “long suffering” but they are also awful fans. They brag before they win, they **** their pants at the first sign of adversity and, go back and watch the tape of Game 1 there were about 80 people at their first watch party, they are absurd bandwagon hoppers. If I didn’t understand the bandwagon element of the DC fan base, I’d swear Leonsis paid people to show up outside the building. Seriously, go back and watch the video from Game 1, you could have parked cars in their viewing party.

    I know I’m supposed to be the “bigger” man (wherein “bigger” means willing to ignore reality and mouth empty words of support) like people at the funeral of a scumbag and just congratulate them without mentioning any of these facts, but…here we are.

    FTR-Holtby should have won the MVP. Easily. If not, him, it should have been Kuznetsov, he was the difference maker this year.

    • Sour grapes do make the best whine.

      • What, if anything, did I state inaccurately?

        But, fair enough…I’ll be magnanimous…

        Congrats to both Caps fans. Pat Sajak and Mia Khalifa must be happy today. Maybe they are celebrating together.

  2. MG,
    Concur with all except I would have leaned for Kuz over Holtby for CS trophy.

    George—I will fully admit that I’m a sour grapes drinker today.
    Yes I’m jaded, and biased, and sour, and upset and and and…. But I truly truly truly believe that one call in the playoffs paved the way for Wsh SC.
    Let’s put aside the first Wilson hit on Dumoulin. In my mind a penalty— but forget that play and game— put it aside totally.
    The second one…..no ifs no ands no buts should have been a 5 min major. Completely shattered ZAR’s jaw. The League committee saw it right away as a 3 gamer. Pens were up by one, and would have had a 5 min power play. Instead , that same Wilson guy assists on a Wsh goal only a shift after he should have been in the box for 5; and later trips D (no call BTW) that leads to the 2 on 1 and Ovechkin winning goal. Pens would have been up 2-1 in series… and did win game 4 anyway (It was in the cards anyway as: Note per TSN— no defending cup champion on 60 years has lost a round 2 home game 4)— they’d be up 3-1… Wsh not coming back on that with Pens. From the beginning I always believed only 4 teams in path of Pens 3 peat… Nsh, Winn, Bos, and Wsh. Since the other three didn’t move on and from my logic above— Pens only needed to get through Tbay (I believe they would have won) and would have beat VGK (as Wsh had)… so one call (to me) caused a 3 Peat. But putting aside my contention that Pens would have won the cup… that one call… and Wsh does NOT move on— does NOT win cup.
    So yes— sour grapes, bitter feelings; and heavily biased— but thems my thoughts. Pens winning against Wsh , in my mind—then become definite winners of Cup… and with a 3-Peat— ensconced a “dynasty” moniker.
    I will give you another single call that dramatically affected a major trophy. Winnipeg wins the President’s trophy if not for a single (yes single) missed call. Winn was beating Nsh 5-3 in the third period (game in Feb); Nsh high sticking call (with cut to face) missed and only a dozen seconds later Nsh scores and makes it 4-5. Instead of a Winnipeg 5-3 lead with a 4 min PP in the third; a goal that shouldn’t happen for Nsh (play would have been stopped and Penalty awarded) happens. Nsh goes on to score two more goals to win in Reg— if penalty was called — Winn wins in Reg— Win ends season with 115 points, Nash with 114— Winn gets President’s trophy.
    I’m neutral on both of those teams. Love them both. I believe, as standings show, they were absolutely the two best teams in the NHL. However, a single call in a single game effectively awards President’s trophy to one over the other.
    I will now go and cry in my Cheerios and put buttermilk in my Tim’s coffee, stale cheese scone. No soup for me!

    Downtrodden Pengy

    • Pittsburgh fans complaining about anything is a joke. They were fortunate enough to draft two of the top 5 players all time 1st overall and have 5 cups to show for it. Let Washington enjoy their much deserved cup. Ovechkin was amazing this playoffs and was a great choice for Conn Smythe. He was the heart and soul of the team.