NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 25, 2019

by | Apr 25, 2019 | News, NHL | 13 comments

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.

Brock McGinn scored in double overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes edged the Washington Capitals 4-3 in Game 7 of their opening-round series (Photo via NHL.com).

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.



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. 


  1. 4 division winners out.. 4 wildcards advance… So much for all the noise here all year about teams that are or aren’t contenders and who isn’t ready to compete.

  2. All those who didn’t make the playoffs?

  3. Kudos to Canes

    That was a resilient team…. IMO they owned the OT

    Wow … Mr. Game #7 in on the goal!!!

    4 WildCard winners …. I never would have thunk it

    … add to that ; the prognosticators had Winn besting StL and Pens beating Ilse’s …. that’s 6 of 8 unexpected .

    I’ve got no players left in the big annual pool I’m in

    Other than one guy in the pool having 5 Sharks remaining and one guy having 5 Bruins left; all else have 2 max; 7 including myself…. none left

    I’m not sure there is a clear front runner now for the cup…. setting emotions aside and just with logic … Bruins representing from the East and a SJ/Blues WCF??????

    Should be very exciting going forward

    • on “paper” I agree with bruins/ blues-sharks
      but I would not rule out a single team in this final 8…..going to be very interesting

      • Hi 2001avsattck

        With you. I wasn’t ruling out anybody… just taking a wild stab….. 2 weeks ago I had thought 100 % (oh how I was wrong ) that Bolts were in the SCF; I had less certainty with West but was 100 % (oh how I was wrong) that Flames we’re winning the first round

        The only series that I truly (I did have a “possible” upset of StL over Winn) got right was Bruins over my beloved Leafs …. and that almost went our way (and against my logic)…. upset city abounded

        Avs certainly have a good shot and there will be a Netminder Duel in StL vs Dall

        I would think Bruins favoured over Clb ; but Clb on a roll …. the lay-off probably works against Clb

        The Ilse’s have the goaltending; Carolina on an emotional high… who knows

        Will be exciting

  4. The Carolina Washington series was being be determined by match ups and last changes. In game 7 BrindAmour didn’t have last change so he started tinkering with his lines until he found combinations that Washington didn’t have an answer for. Carolina’s young legs and well conditioned team became more noticeable as the game went on. Give Dundon credit even though he lacked a hockey background he was spot on about BrindAmour being the right man for the job.

  5. Love that Carolina and jackets are moving forward. Wore my bunch of jerks t last night.

  6. That Islanders smash up derby line is going to give the gentile Carolinas fits. They think the Capitals hit their stars hard…..

    Dougie……meet Matt

    • Dark G

      Concur on the Isles big hitters…. on the balance and as a generality they hit hard but for sure their hits a much “cleaner” than Wash…. very few current Isles are “dirty” hitters like Wilson et al

      Isle’s have a great Netminder tandem ; but have been idle for a week + (sometimes takes a couple of games to get back going) and the “freshness” might give Canes advance age in game 1…. should be a good series

      • “Advantage “ not “advance age”…. that was auto correct and not a Freudian Slip

      • I know all about “advance age.” 🙂

  7. All of the upsets make for a fun first round, but…the NHL is now poised to crown the weakest Stanley Cup champion since the 95 Devils.

    If Jones hadn’t struggled all year, SJ would be an easy choice among the remaining teams. I’d still pick them, but…

  8. Sooo are we just ignoring that Wayne Simmonds is nominated for the leadership award? Buddy has been invisible all year