NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 25, 2019
Hurricanes upset the Capitals to advance to the second round, the full second-round schedule released, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: There will be a new Stanley Cup champion this season as the Carolina Hurricanes edged the Washington Capitals 4-3 in double overtime to win Game 7 and advance to the second round of the playoffs. Brock McGinn scored the winning goal as the Hurricanes overcame 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to force overtime. Justin Williams picked up his NHL record 15th career Game 7 point by assisting on McGinn’s goal. The Hurricanes will face the New York Islanders with Game 1 of that series starting tomorrow night at Barclays Center in New York.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The spring of upsets continues in this year’s postseason, with all four division leaders eliminated from the opening round for the first time in NHL history. This was the first series victory for the Hurricanes in 10 years. Their remarkable run this season reignited their once-dormant fan base.
It was a tough loss for the Capitals, who’d hoped to stage a second straight championship run. Not to detract from the Hurricanes’ impressive never-say-die attitude and solid work ethic in this series, but the Capitals were also their own worst enemies. Having two two-goal leads slip through their fingers and failing to generate a shot on goal during a rare overtime powerplay in this game will haunt them throughout the offseason.
The league released the full second-round schedule. It kicks off tonight with the Boston Bruins hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their series while the Dallas Stars travel to St. Louis to face the Blues.
Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano, Nashville Predators winger Wayne Simmonds, and Hurricanes winger Justin Williams are this year’s finalists for the Messier NHL Leadership Award.
Markus Nutivaara (upper-body injury) did travel with #CBJ to Boston for the start of the series Thursday.
Injured Ds Ryan Murray and former #NHLBruin Adam McQuaid did not. Both still out with upper-body injuries – Murray a back issue and McQuaid a suspected concussion.
— Brian Hedger (@BrianHedger) April 24, 2019
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 24, 2019
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak (lower-body injury) is ruled out for Game 1 of Dallas’ series against the St. Louis Blues.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks re-signed goaltender Thatcher Demko to a two-year, $2.1-million contract.
WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators have sought permission from the Pittsburgh Penguins to speak with assistant coach Jacques Martin.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks have parted ways with assistant coach Don Granato.