NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 24, 2019

by | Apr 24, 2019 | News, NHL | 32 comments

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.

Barclay Goodrow’s overtime goal gave the San Jose Sharks a 5-4 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 of their opening-round series. (Photo via NHL Images)

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.” 


  1. The Knights were robbed. Bottom line. (They also choked, but…)

    That cross check happens a hundred times a game, Pavelski lost his balance and Stastny trying to get to the point man knocked him over. Both innocent plays normally.

    Teams should be able to challenge major penalties.

    • Serious contenders should also be able to do a better job of killing off a major penalty

    • MG agree it wasn’t a major penalty should’ve been a 2 minute minor. What the heck happened on the PP how does one team score 4 goals. Was happy to see Vegas tie it up unfortunately couldn’t come thru in OT. Agree wrong call but have to move on from there.

      • Forget this one game…

        The idea behind replay is that we don’t want a game decided by an incorrect call.

        No one can make the case that this game was not decided by an incorrect call*.

        Major penalties should be reviewable.

        *Many have argued that Vegas could have killed the penalty, which while true, could also be applied to incorrect goal calls….”just score another goal.”

        The idea is to get it right and make it fair and let the play on the ice decide the game as much as possible.

        Saying “you should have overcome the injustice” as an excuse to ignore or defend the injustice itself makes no sense. Fix it.

      • What an absolute garbage call. I’m not even a Vegas fan and I’m pissed. Saying they should have overcome it makes no sense, just because you are a ‘contender’ doesn’t mean you should be able to play with a disadvantage, what a stretch.

      • MG disagree with your take on reviewing all major calls, as we often see minor penalties that were missed or wrong, a phantom high stick, that can result in a goal on a power play that shouldn’t have been called which can also be the cost of a victory. Not a fan of having major penalties reviewed game is to long now.

  2. I didn’t think Boston would beat Toronto and I don’t think they’ll beat Columbus and I’m ok with being wrong.

    • Well, Caper, the Bruins just picked up a new fan here – at least for this series coming – from a purely selfish point of view because, the farther Columbus goes in the playoffs the lower is Ottawa’s 1st round pick.

      • Happy to have you on board George!

    • I agree Caper, and hope I am wrong as well.
      Perhaps we are just paranoid Bruins fans, but I do think the Leafs were the better team 5v5. The Bruins PP was hot and so was Tuuka, who my biggest concern going into the series. Wrong again and happy I was.
      Still think Bergy was off his game, either banged up or just playing defensively first against Tavares line. Didn’t engage in as many battles or as aggressively as usual. He usually creates turnovers all day, not so much in this series. Hope I am wrong about his health, or he recovers soon. Not much of a break for the B’s as they go Thursday.

      • If I remember correctly, the last Bruins team that won a cup had a putrid pp. I think historically putrid if I remember correctly?

      • Nyr, I didn’t look it up but sounds right. I don’t think the B’s even had a PP last night, but were pushing over 40% for the series, which is crazy.

      • I`ll tell you, Ray, as much as the Boston fans like to malign Rask for what they think of his poor performances at times. I`d trade Andersen for Rask any day of the week. Andersen`s track record for series-deciding games is gawd awful and they don`t have anything that remotely looks NHL ready in the system thanks to Dubas Good luck to the Bruins

  3. Instant replay is awesome for fans and sucks for refs.

    The first time I saw the play, looks like Eakins murders him with a crosscheck to the face. Watch it in full speed.

    If the ref is saying that is a penalty then 5 minutes is non negotiable.

    The NHL and hockey in general has always punished the result and not the severity of the action and a near miss.

    Vegas was up 3 game to 1 in the series and 3 – 0 with half a period to play in game 7. Couldn’t close it out.
    They deserved to lose.

    The refs got it as right as they could have.

  4. Worst call I’ve seen in playoffs Vegas was robbed how they killed the penalty is irrelevant they shouldn’t have been on one. The Refs guessed they had no idea what happened they just knew Joe was hurt. They should have to explain the call publicly.

    • Obstacles (down 0-3 at home in game 7) are challenges for winners and excuses (giving up 4 goals during one 5-minute span”) for losers

  5. Sad day all around for me

    Would love to have had Leafs win; but not in the cards…. the consolation is that this forces GMKD to make much needed moves … WW and Marleau our …. upgrade to D in; extend MM; Johnsson ; Kappy

    Re: Sharks win…. I can tell you that in over 5 decades of watching hockey I’ve never been on the edge of my seat for such a long stretch of time …. very exciting

    That said …. t-r-a-v-e-s-t-y of justice.

    In any other game and ANY other time ; on a face off with a cross-check push off to the front mid-frame ; would never EVER get a call

    The injury had nothing at all to do with Eakin; just an odd collision after the move with another player (incidental contact) that had a freak landing for little Joe and a very unfortunate injury.

    The refs reaction and call was due to the injury and Sharks yelling … Eakin immediately sent off without (and here is the key point ) any consultation of the four men in stripes

    Add to that on the 5 min. PP , those same refs missed two blatant hooks by SJ

    A minor or even a double Minor …. absolutely no doubt in my mind VGKs win game

    This has absolutely NOTHING to do with up 3-1 in series; NOTHING

    It has nothing to do with up 3-0 in the third of game seven

    The issue I have is the reactionary (and IMMEDIATE) 5 min; game ejection; WITHOUT consultation

    Once it was called ; no going back on it

    If they had consulted you would figure logic could easily have one of the other 4 actually see that Eakin didn’t cause the injury

    …. and then with two blatant and missed SJ hooks while on the PP…. that’s bad

    VGK’s were burned big time on this

    • Hoo-boy … every year, at this time, and for as long as I can remember, events happening right before our eyes are viewed with widely varying degrees of opinion which conjures up the old adage “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

      Basically, what that means is, beauty doesn’t exist on its own but is created by observers who take in different aspects of the same event, like witnesses to a crime.

      So it’s prudent to remember that a “beholder” is anyone who sees events THEIR way and based mostly on preferred bias.

      Bad call? Arguable either way. Bottom line – if Vegas thought they were a serious contender – and no longer a “surprise that came out of nowhere” – they a) don’t blow a 3-0 lead and b) do a better job on the pk than giving up 4 bloody goals.

      • I just had a vision of George O sitting in his backyard zen garden, smoking a pipe, just finished reading Nietzsche, wearing round spectacles and mentoring Tuuka on keeping his emotional impulses in check.

      • Hi George

        Respect your views and generally I see eye to eye with you; but unfortunately here I must stand my ground…. this was not a major 5 min penalty, no ifs no ands no buts

        No matter what way anybody interprets the rule book … the injury was as a result of an awkward fall after hitting the second player …. it was blood on the ice, unconscious player; and a team freaking out that caused the red to panic and call the major and ejection

        A prudent review/discussion over what actually transpired would have resulted in the absolute worst case scenario ….a double Minor… and that would be incorrect as well because Eakin in no way was the cause of the injury

        Adding insult is the fact that during the 5 minute PP in which they score 4 goals; was two blatant SJ hooks … the first happened between goals 1 and 2… call that alone …. it’s 4-4 for 2 minutes …. and I don’t see SJ winning. They didn’t call the second one (between goals 2 and 3) . That also would have been 4 on 4 and IMO victory for VGK

        If you just look at the incident (Eakin) on the faceiff…. those types of push offs happen many times EACH game ….. never called… just in the other game last night; both Tavares and Bergeron did the exact same crosscheck push off move to the chest at the face off…., no call (as no one was injured)

        I’ve no vested bias for either team. I like both teams. I am a true hockey lover …. I’m just speaking my mind wrt a travesty of justice…. and this was one for all times…. this one call affected the outcome of the game no ifs ands or buts; and one could argue (as the telecast did) that it didn’t even warrant a penalty…. Minor 2 minutes most … 5 min major and ejection … wrongfully called (due to haste and emotion) gave the victory to the sharks

        I agree with Eliott Friedman (a rarity for me) on this …. in future they need a video review of issues like this…. a quick review would have resulted in a minor at best

        Friedman also talked about auto reviews if puck over glass calls …. that would slow the game down … and it’s just a 2 min minor… here I differ with him

        As he suggested; it would be great if under the rule book there was always the right for the situation room to call down and correct things

        There are times when a double Minor is called for a high stick with a cut only to show under replay that it was either the players own stick or that of a team-mate… 4 min PP … on a wrong call; corrected by sit room quickly

        This blown call directly changed the outcome of not only the game but the series as it was game 7

        This of course affects fans from the losing city; but taking it one step further; that blown call just caused , at a minimum ; the loss of at least 2 round 2 home gates for VGKs…. that’s substantial coin…. big bucks

        So, in summary, sorry George for disagreeing with you on this; I often see eye to eye with you….. this one, however, unfortunately I wholeheartedly disagree…. Knights got burned

      • Pengy, I was not say the 5-minute major was or was not justified. To me that wasn’t the issue. The issue was a team considering itself a major contender blowing a 3-0 1st period lead in game 7 on the road, and then, when faced with the prospect of killing off a 5-minute major, instead of playing a classic 4-man box to kill it off with the least possible damage, goes into full panic mode when the first goal was scored and completely falls apart by allowing 3 more.

        OK, they feel they were hard done by with the initial call – they STILL had a 3-goal lead. Play accordingly. They ranked 10th in the league killing off penalties while SJ ranked 26th on the pp.

        Sorry, but teams that search for injustices or make excuses when things go sour will always wind up bridesmaids.

    • This was not close to the worst call ever in the playoffs.

      Watch in real time. The extension of Eakin’s crosscheck and the resulting injury looked brutal and like an intentional cross check to the head.

      On the replay it wasn’t. On the replay it was an awkward collision and fall.

      Refs do not have replay.

      The NHL has always punished result and not intent. If the ref thought it to be a crosscheck to the face because the result sure looked it, the only option is 5 min with an injury.

      I agree Pengy that the argument of up 3 to 1 in the series and 3-0 with the left isn’t a good enough argument to say it was not a good call on the replay.

      What people are not addressing giving up 4 goals on a 5 min major in the playoffs is an historic event and only ever achieved by one other team if I remember correct according to whichever media source I heard. Wow.

      • “After hitting a second player”?? Statsny bowled Pavelski over while Pavelski was off balance.

  6. Go Sharks

  7. If a cop pulled you over for running a red light that you did not run and a security camera video would prove your innocence…

    Would you want to use the video to determine the truth?

    Or would you talk about how we can’t take “the human element” out of law enforcement and how “this is the way it’s always been” and pay your ticket?

    Nick Kypreos (on Hockey Central today) offers the bizarrely common argument across all sports that we should keep getting it wrong since we’ve always gotten it wrong.

    Not a mindset I understand.

    • Hi MG

      Kypper doesn’t have a mindset …. by logic…. that would infer he has a mind … me thinks not

    • Why not replace everyone with machines and laser sights? What a bunch of winers. Lots of bad calls in all the games I’ve watched… Refs are part of the game. Deal with it. Instead of playing defense and shutting down the sharks they chose to be aggressive. It didn’t work. Was it a good call… I dunno, I didn’t have to make it. It happened. Vegas choked hard. Deal with it, stop all the whining.

      • So, you walk into court with a video that exonorates you in your left hand and your checkbook in your right hand…

        You’d toss the video in the trash and pay the fine for the offense you did not commit rather than whine?

        Is that right?

  8. Vegas was given – purchased really – a cup contending team. Luckiest market ever. Now they’ve been robbed. Cry me a river.

    • Exactly.

  9. Easy to say strider but if was your team you would be crying a river. Vegas is no way my team but it’s all every sports network is talking about how they were robbed. Horrible call horrible guess they didn’t even know what happened. Embarrassing just like the NFL Saints got robbed now they’ve changed the rule. NHL will have to do same so a guess doesn’t cause outcome of the game. Get it right it’s a fast game Refs need the help keep guessing out of game.

    • No, what was “embarrassing” was choking and allowing the team ranked 26th on the pp to score 4 goals in under 5 minutes