NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 22, 2019
The Bruins and Leafs plus the Golden Knights and Sharks are headed to Game 7, Norris Trophy finalists revealed, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: A double-overtime, shorthanded goal by Tomas Hertl gave the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights, forcing a seventh and deciding game in their opening-round series on Tuesday in San Jose. Hertl became the first player in NHL history to score a shorthanded goal in a game that required multiple overtimes. Sharks goaltender Martin Jone made 58 saves while Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 27 shots.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After struggling through Games 2 through 4, Jones was solid in the last two games, backstopping his club from a 3-1 series deficit to a chance to win tomorrow night in Game 7 and advance to the second round. Hertl was clutch for the Sharks over those two games, scoring twice in Game 5 as well as the game-winner in Game 6.
For the third straight time since 2013, the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs will need a seventh game to decide their opening-round playoff series. Brad Marchand scored twice and set up another as the Bruins doubled up the Leafs 4-2 in Game 6 to tie their best-of-seven series at three games apiece. Morgan Rielly and Auston Matthews tallied for the Leafs. Game 7 goes tomorrow night in Boston.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen did all he could to give his club a chance to win, kicking out 37 shots. Tomorrow’s game will be a big test of character for the Leafs, who blew a 4-3 lead to fall 7-4 in last year’s Game 7 matchup.
San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano, and Tampa Bay Lightning blueliner Victor Hedman are this year’s finalist for the James Norris Memorial Trophy. Burns won the award in 2017 while Hedman was last year’s winner.
NBC SPORTS: Washington Capitals winger T.J. Oshie underwent surgery yesterday to repair a broken right clavicle (collarbone) and is sidelined indefinitely. Oshie suffered the injury during Game 4 of the Capitals’ opening-round series against the Carolina Hurricanes.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes winger Andrei Svechnikov is doubtful for Game 6 tonight against the Capitals.