NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 24, 2019
Bruins and Sharks advance to the second round, King Clancy Trophy finalists revealed, second-round schedule scenarios, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Barclay Goodrow’s overtime goal lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 5-4 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 of their opening-round series, propelling the Sharks into the second round against the Colorado Avalanche.
The Sharks overcame a 3-0 deficit with four power-play goals in the third period after Golden Knights center Cody Eakin received a five-minute major and game misconduct for cross-checking Sharks center Joe Pavelski, who was forced to lead the game with a head injury. Vegas winger Jonathan Marchessault scored the game-tying goal in the final minute of the third to force the extra frame. Logan Couture scored twice and Kevin Labanc had a four-point performance for the Sharks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks deserve full marks for overcoming a 3-1 series deficit and a 3-goal deficit in this game to defeat the Golden Knights. It was an impressive comeback for a club that appeared poised for a quick first-round elimination.
Marchessault and his Vegas teammates weren’t happy with the severity of the penalty to Eakin, which turned the tide of the game as the Golden Knights appeared to have the game in hand up to that moment. I don’t believe Eakin intended to injure Pavelski, who was knocked off balance and struck his head on the ice, but the blood pouring out of the latter’s helmet pretty much sealed Eakin’s fate.
For the second straight year and the third time since 2013, the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of an opening-round series, this time with a 5-1 victory. The Bruins move on to face the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round. Joakim Norstrom and Sean Kuraly each had a goal and an assist while Tuukka Rask made 32 saves.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was the Bruins’ supporting cast who got the job done in this one, with Nordstrom, Kuraly, Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson tallying four of Boston’s five’ goals. The Bruins series victory, however, is being overshadowed by the blizzard of press coverage over the Leafs failure yet again to advance to the second round. I’ll have more on that later this morning in the Rumors section.
The Carolina Hurricanes hope to have sidelined forwards Andrei Svechnikov (concussion) and Micheal Ferland (upper-body injury) back in the lineup for tonight’s Game 7 against the Washington Capitals.
The NHL released its second-round schedule scenarios, with the next round kicking off on Thursday with the Columbus Blue Jackets facing off against the Boston Bruins and the Dallas Stars meeting the St. Louis Blues.
Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, and Minnesota Wild winger Jason Zucker are this year’s finalists for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.”
WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian underwent his second hip surgery in 14 months and could miss the start of next season.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens center Jesperi Kotkaniemi underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to correct a chronic minor ailment. The procedure isn’t expected to affect his offseason training.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Former NHL forward Neal Broten “has been cited in western Wisconsin for what is now his third drunken-driving arrest.”