NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 22, 2019

by | Apr 22, 2019 | News, NHL | 6 comments

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.

Tomas Hertl’s shorthanded goal in double overtime gave the San Jose Sharks a series-tying 2-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights (Photo via NHL Images)

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. 


  1. well, so much for that “gut feeling” re the Leafs winning games 5 and 6. It was evident very early on that the Bruins came to play for their lives while the Leafs were “tentative” except for isolated spurts. You don’t win a key game like that at home by allowing 41 shots while managing just over half that yourself. If not for Andersen that could have been totally ugly.

    They could, as they did in games 1 and 5, lull Boston to sleep in game 7 – but don’t bet the farm on that happening. They have no answer to Bergeron’s face-off dominance and if Marchand is wound tight before the game starts it’ll be over early.

    • George O, obviously I was happy with a game 6 win. All Boston need to do is play 500 hockey at home to move on. If they can’t then that’s on them.
      Toronto started to dump the puck more in big z corner with good success, no reason for them to stop now. I curious of how Cassidy will handle this if Chara continues to cough up the puck and hand it over to the Leafs.
      Rask wasn’t really tested yesterday and you could argue he should’ve had both goals, so hopefully he can have an A+ game tomorrow.

    • George you commented the other day that you’d take Kapanen, Kadri or Nylander on your team, you sure about the latter?
      What an absolute disappointment. I’d move Ennis up to the third line and leave pretty boy on the 4th. I’d even be ok giving Petan the nod ahead of him.

      • I’d take him IF Dorion was satisfied he had the right type of wingers to play alongside him. Yes, there’s no denying his game appears to have gone south since that contract impasse – but as I’ve said repeatedly, he isn’t the first – nor will he be the last – to experience season-long difficulties after missing all of training camp and a good chunk of the early season, when the checking isn’t as intense,

        When he got back the season was reaching that stage where things begin to tighten up and it’s hard to step right in in that atmosphere cold. You spend the rest of the year trying to play “catch-up.”

        The worst nightmare for Dubas would be to break his word and deal him – only to see him blossom somewhere else. I can just imagine the vitriol that would pour out of LeafsNation then.

      • @Taz Like George says Nylander`s, not the first to take a season to get untracked. Missing camp can make a huge difference in one`s conditioning and timing. It didn`t help that when he did sign everyone found out he wasn`t in anywhere near as good a shape as we were led to believe. But if you really want to get rid of Nylander wait to see if Hunter gets the Edmonton gig. Hunter thinks the world of Nylander so we just might see a couple of deals between them if he gets the job.

    • George ….

      As I watched the game that old pearl came to me :

      There are some things you can teach and somethings you must learn.

      Unfortunately for your hunch and my team, the things we must learn in this world often come upon reflecting on our failures.

      The key Leaf players are quite young and have not had enough failure (yet) to reflect on. I did not bother to research their ages but Andeas Johsson and Marner looked very inexperienced on the Marchand and De Brusk goals specifically.

      All teams work for 82 games to get wherever they get, and then attention to detail at the key times will say whether that 82 games of works will pay off. My Leafs have a ways to go. They need to learn from their errors, not blame the refs, fluke goals for and against or the stress that comes with their life stlyles.