NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 23, 2019
Stars eliminate the Predators, Hurricanes and Capitals headed to Game 7, updates on the Winnipeg Jets and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: John Klingberg’s overtime goal lifted the Dallas Stars to a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators to win their best-of-seven opening-round series in six games. Ben Bishop made 47 saves for the win while Predators goalie Pekka Rinne turned aside 49 shots. The Stars will face the St. Louis Blues in the second round.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pulling off this upset was a team effort by the Stars, who overcame a season full of obstacles to reach this point. Their team CEO publicly slammed captain Jamie Benn and center Tyler Seguin in late-December, Alexander Radulov received a one-game suspension for missing a team meeting, first-year head coach Jim Montgomery at one point lamented the club’s “culture of mediocrity” plus several key players were sidelined by injuries.
The Predators, meanwhile, were undone in part by their league-worst power-play. It was on full display in this series, as they went 0-for-15 with the man advantage.
The Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals are headed for Game 7 on Wednesday. Three unanswered third-period goals by Jordan Staal, Justin Williams, and Dougie Hamilton powered the Hurricanes’ 5-2 victory in Game 6. The Capitals believed they’d tied the game at three apiece in the third but the goal was overturned due to goalie interference by Alex Ovechkin, who was ejected late in the game for mocking the referee.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a hard-fought game by both sides which got quite physical in the third period. The disallowed goal was the turning point as the Capitals’ frustration got the better of them.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets left wing Patrik Laine revealed he was dealing with a back issue for the past couple of years and a minor groin injury in the series with the Blues. He claimed the back problem wasn’t something he couldn’t handle. Forward Nikolaj Ehlers played with a microfracture in one of his legs after blocking a shot in Game 5. Brandon Tanev underwent surgery shortly before the playoffs to repair a broken finger.
NEW YORK POST: Islanders winger Cal Clutterbuck (undisclosed injury) could be ready for his club’s second-round series.
Treliving says Sean Monahan was dealing with a cracked thumb.
Rittich was playing through a knee injury. #Flames
— Pat Steinberg (@Fan960Steinberg) April 22, 2019