NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 26, 2019

by | Apr 26, 2019 | News, NHL | 20 comments

Bruins edge Blue Jackets in overtime, Blues down the Stars, Ted Lindsay Award finalists revealed, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Charlie Coyle scored the tying and winning goals as the Boston Bruins edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 in overtime to take Game 1 of their second-round series. Seth Jones collected two assists for the Blue Jackets, who overcame a slow start following a 10-day layoff to take a 2-1 lead before Coyle sent the game into the extra frame.

It was a costly win for the Bruins, as center David Krejci is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury after leaving the game in the third period following an open-ice hit by Jackets forward Riley Nash.

Charlie Coyle’s two goals gave the Boston Bruins a 3-2 overtime victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their second-round series (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It took a period for the Jackets to shake off the rust but once they did you could sense the flow of the game shifting in their direction, especially after they overcame a 1-0 deficit to take a 2-1 lead. Expect a more consistent effort from them as this series goes on. Losing Krejci, who centers the second line, could be a serious blow for the Bruins if he’s sidelined for a lengthy period. 

Vladimir Tarasenko’s two-goal performance powered to the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars in the opening game of their second-round series. Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington made 27 saves, including 16 in the final period as the Stars pushed for the equalizing goal. Jamie Benn and Jason Spezza scored for the Stars.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tarasenko was an offensive force in this game, driving to the net and driving the Stars defense to distraction. Binnington looked shaky at times in the opening-round series against Winnipeg but he returned to form in this contest. 

NBC SPORTS: San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski remains day-to-day with a head injury and is considered unlikely to skate in Game 1 tonight against the Colorado Avalanche. He didn’t practice with his teammates yesterday.

LAS VEGAS SUN: The league has apologized to the Vegas Golden Knights over the controversial penalty call on center Cody Eakin that resulted in Pavelski’s injury during Game 7 of their opening-round series. Officials assessed Eakin with a five-minute major for cross-checking though replays showed Pavelski got hurt when his head struck the ice and not from Eakin’s stick. The Sharks scored four goals on the ensuing power play which turned the tide of the game.

CBS SPORTS: Carolina Hurricanes forwards Andrei Svechnikov (concussion) and Micheal Ferland (upper body) remain doubtful for Game 1 of their second-round series against the New York Islanders.

NHL.COM:  Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov are this year’s finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award, “presented annually to the most outstanding player in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the NHL Players’ Association.”

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs winger Zach Hyman “will undergo surgery on his right knee Monday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and be out a minimum six months.”

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens re-signed fourth-line center Nate Thompson to a one-year, $1-million contract.

 







20 Comments

  1. “Officials assessed Eakin with a five-minute major for cross-checking though replays showed Pavelski got hurt when his head struck the ice and not from Eakin’s stick. The Sharks scored four goals on the ensuing power play which turned the tide of the game.”

    Somebody explain this to me because while it did change the game the fact remains it was a blantant cross check that directly led to his head hitting the ice.

    • Hi Gary

      I was listening to the talk on the radio yesterday and the gist of the convo was that the type of cross-check that Eakin did (to chest right after the face-off) happens several times through almost every game. I posted this as much myself the other day. Tavares did this in the game 7 vs. Bruins. There was no call. Same move.

      The check in no way was why the injury happend. The injury was a sequence of off balance after the check by Eakin, followed by a through motion by winger that had been contacted by the SJ winger (hence rotating Knight winger into Little Joe already off balance). Odd twist and fall and unfortunate injury to Little Jo. It was a brutal injury. Refs immediately reacted to injury, the fact that he was out, the blood, and Sharks reaction …..and assessed 5 min major and game ejection. Eakin was ushered off the ice before any huddling of refs!!!

      After the league reviewed they realized that this was the wrong call and not only apologized but *suspended the two refs involved.

      Speaking to my in-house attorney on an internal client issue, and the conversation got on to hockey. He had watched the VKG/SJ game 7. He happened to bring up the fact that he would not be surprised if a Lawyer from VGK at least made a call to the NHL on this. Huge dollars lost in gate revenues by this blown call. I know George you say that regardless the Knights should not have allowed 4 PP goals (panicking). Don’t forget that during that 5 min PP there were two blatant missed hooks by SJ. One between goals 1 and 2 and one between goals 2 and 3. Calling just one of those would have had 2 minutes of 4 on 4. Calling both (as they should have been) would have basically wiped out the 5 min PP. The calls, so brutally blown, directly caused the loss and directly caused Knights not to move on; and therefore big $M’s in losses in gate revenues for Round 2.

      This conversation with my in-house was yesterday before the apology and before the referees suspensions.

      I was speaking to him again this morning and we were talking about the end result (apology and ref suspension). and he said that the likely scenario was a call by a VGK lawyer to NHL with some firm stances which ended up with a negotiated (1) apology that the public would be privy to; as well as (2) a suspension of the Refs who had not only made the wrong call on Eakin but also aggravating it even more by missing the two hooks by SJ during the 5 min PP and directly causing the Knights to lose the game and finally (3) GMGM to make a public statement neither directly blaming NHL or Refs ( a moving forward kind of statement, instead of keeping the issue alive)– McPhee in fact did make this statement!!!

      *Referee suspension…. once the Leafs got wind of the Refs from the Knight’s /Sharks game being suspended; they also put in a call and the league then the NHL also suspended the refs in the Bruins/Leafs series game 2; for their brutal reffing.

      This is the first time this has ever happend… two sets of refs in the same round being suspended due to in-proper reffing.

      To me , this all makes sense and I’m glad that the League is at least on top of this.

      VGKs are well off so the financial impact is much less that if it had happened to a market that is struggling (e.g. if this had happened in game 7 of the Car/Wash series leading to a brutal mistake by refs giving a major and leading to a Wash victory. Carolina will benefit quite a bit from the round 2 gate revenues.

      All that said…. the Refs made a quick call not based on what they saw that directly caused the victory to go to the Sharks.

      I know Gary and George that you don’t agree with my take on this and that of the TSN and SN panel. It is just the way I see it and I am firm on my stance with this. Even Ron McLean (the only quasi dissenter on this) changed his mind and said during last night’s game that it was the wrong call.

      I have no vested interest in either Sharks or VGK. I like both teams. What I don’t like is a key game and/or series decided upon by the Refs.

      I hate when Refs are paranoid to call anything in OT and that penalties keep going and players push the envelope as to what they can get away with. Sometimes when the refs finally capitulate and do call something (after ignoring many calls) and that results in an OT goal and a win. That irks me, but it is nothing like what happened in SJ in game 7

      Everybody remembers game 6 Gretzky high stick cut face to Gilmour. Late third, Leafs up by a goal in the game, up 3-2 in series, winner goes to cup (eventually to play Montreal, who won). At that time , there were no double minors; high stick with a cut, was a major…. instead of Leafs up by a goal with a 5 min PP…. LA ties and wins that game; Gretzky key on both goals (and Gretzky should have been in the box) sending it to game 7, where LA won.

      Everybody remembers the key turning point in the Wash Pitt series last year…. Series tied 1-1; Pens up by a goal in the third. Wilson completely obliterates ZAR’s face with a direct hit to the head…. no call (Note he gets suspended the next morning)…. 5 min maj that should have been called would basically have assured Pens victory that game and per TSN, no defending champ had lost a home game 4 in the second round. Pens were (and did) going to win game 4… that would have put them up 3-1 in the series…. IMO they then move on.

      There are more from history.

      This one (Eakin call) had more definitive and direct impact on the game and series than all of the others….. Leafs in the LA series were only up by one goal; same for Pens and that was only game 3, etc. etc. This was game seven; VGKs up by 3… this blown call on Eakin, plus the 2 blown missed hooks (during the 5 min PP) was truly the reason that the Knight’s lost the game and therefore the series and therefore at least 2 round 2 gates.

      It is sad all around (Little Joe is hurt and may not play game one, and VGKs should be hosting Col). However, the moves by the NHL ; apology and suspending both sets of refs (Leasf/Bos as well) was the right move and I believe this should definitely deter such cataclysmic events from happening in the future. This suspension for those 4 refs is very costly to them in lost pay. Sends a correct and serious message.

      Again, Sorry Gary and George for disagreeing with you on this but it is the way I see it. I watched the incident at least 10 times. Wrong call, weird accident, and the brutal missed hooks just exasperated the whole issue

      • This lawyer stuff sounds a little odd, Pengy. If team lawyers can have refs suspended for making poor decisions, perhaps other employees can be suspended for poor decisions too. I’d bet there are lots of team lawyers who would like to suspend Bettman for stealing their good players to make cup contenders out of new franchises. Of course, I don’t have an “in house”. I do, however, have exciting plans for an “out house”.

      • Hi Strider

        I’m no lawyer and never profess to be one. Our in house is an expert in acquisitions and mergers which is what we do. He is also licenced only here and his views were speculative and he stated them as such

        That said … makes perfect sense to me…. even if it wasn’t their legal team that reached out to the NHL; someone with the Knight’s .org obviously did; and NHL did the right thing…. finally

        Once they did that; as soon as the Leafs complained they were then (after setting a precedent) forced to capitulate and suspend the other 2

        Re: Betman …. were it that easy to do something legal against him …. I’m not a fan at all. Never have been. Never will.

        Can he be sued for being an all around knob?

        Cheers on your outhouse ideas …. LOL

      • Pengy – you keep missing MY point. I never stated my opinion on whether it was the right call or not. To me that was NOT the issue. Even if it was indeed the wrong call, when you have a 3-0 lead in game 7 and the 10th ranked pk in the league you do NOT choke and give up 4 goals in less than 5 minutes – especially to the team with the 26th ranked pp and which had been having trouble scoring with their pp all series long. To me that is not the reason Vegas lost – to me it spells choke and teams that do that do not deserve to go deep in the playoffs. Sorry, but that’s the way I see it.

  2. “The Sharks scored four goals on the ensuing power play which turned the tide of the game.”

    No, the Sharks – who had the 26th ranked pp all season, scored four goals in less than 5 minutes which revealed the Golden Knights to be a bunch of chokers.

    • Well said George and for the record I love tough hockey where guys never give up on the puck.

      That cross check is precisely what should be removed from the game, its weak and takes no heart or skill, just ram someone who does not even have the puck and take them out of the game and playoffs.

      Btw George my recovery is going fantastic and its truly remarkable how many things are better now.

      If you are curious and have Facebook, put mesh.canada in the search, its a mesh site thats public and you will see me documenting my recovery for others.

      • Will do. And great to hear.

        Way WAY back I had a hernia just to the right of the pubic bone but because I didn’t want to disrupt my football then basketball then fastball seasons, I wore a truss. For about 5 years – always some reason not to have the operation. Then, one time I noticed the damned thing wasn’t protruding anymore and when I was examined by a doctor he confirmed that it had “healed over.” He had never seen that before.

  3. Lyle, I know you don’t normally deal with junior hockey here but was just wondering if you knew the answer to this: Halifax, which hosts the Memorial Cup this year is automatically one of the 4 teams to participate regardless of whether they do or don’t get eliminated in the Q playoffs. But so far they are breezing through those playoffs. Let’s say they win the Q – who then becomes the 4th team in the Memorial Cup (along with the OHL and WHL champs)?

    • Hi, George. As per Wikipedia:

      “If the host team also wins its respective league championship, the Memorial Cup berth reserved for the league champion is instead awarded to that league’s runner-up.” In other words, if the Mooseheads beat the Drummondville Voltigeurs, the Voltigeurs will be the fourth team.

      • Ahh – many thanks Lyle.

  4. Gary it may have been a cross check but it was not an intent to hurt someone like Kadri did. It was unfortunate that Joe fell awkwardly and hit his head but not 5 and a game they had to apologize it was a bad call. They told Gerard he was cross checked in the head never happened they guessed. If Refs never saw what happened they should look at video so they get it right. Vegas should not have allowed 4 goals in power play but shouldn’t have had to it was a two minute minor at most.

    • Fair enough and didn’t see the game or the commentary just a quick look at the cross check.

      Still 4 goals scored is a massive failure on the part of Vegas.

      • @Gary
        That was not the typical crosscheck in the least. Eakin was skating at the drop of the puck and had no idea a falling over Pavelski was going to be in his path. The speed of the game is so fast now. If his stick was lower he still would of helped finish Pavelski’s fall to the ice just by his skating path.

        That said .. 4 powerplay goals….. Labanc had part of all 4.

  5. Well we got game one and lost Krejci if he’s out I believe Boston should put Trent Frederic in the lineup to play C.
    David Pastrnak must be still feeling the lingering effects of his broken finger or some other ailment because there can’t be any other explanation for his play, which is brutal. His skill set is to hang onto the puck and make plays; however the puck isn’t on his stick for more then a second, this is not just from last night but from the Toronto series.
    Columbus physical play will be the difference in the series, it will be a matter if the Bruins can capitalize on the PP to change the complexity of the Blue Jackets play.

    • @Caper
      Krejci has looked best he has in years too. Cannot miss him for more than a game or depth game is hard vs any team

  6. Hi Gary

    I was listening to the talk on the radio yesterday and the gist of the convo was that the type of cross-check that Eakin did (to chest right after the face-off) happens several times through almost every game. I posted this as much myself the other day. Tavares did this in the game 7 vs. Bruins. There was no call. Same move.

    The check in no way was why the injury happend. The injury was a sequence of off balance after the check by Eakin, followed by a through motion by winger that had been contacted by the SJ winger (hence rotating Knight winger into Little Joe already off balance). Odd twist and fall and unfortunate injury to Little Jo. It was a brutal injury. Refs immediately reacted to injury, the fact that he was out, the blood, and Sharks reaction …..and assessed 5 min major and game ejection. Eakin was ushered off the ice before any huddling of refs!!!

    After the league reviewed they realized that this was the wrong call and not only apologized but *suspended the two refs involved.

    Speaking to my in-house attorney on an internal client issue, and the conversation got on to hockey. He had watched the VKG/SJ game 7. He happened to bring up the fact that he would not be surprised if a Lawyer from VGK at least made a call to the NHL on this. Huge dollars lost in gate revenues by this blown call. I know George you say that regardless the Knights should not have allowed 4 PP goals (panicking). Don’t forget that during that 5 min PP there were two blatant missed hooks by SJ. One between goals 1 and 2 and one between goals 2 and 3. Calling just one of those would have had 2 minutes of 4 on 4. Calling both (as they should have been) would have basically wiped out the 5 min PP. The calls, so brutally blown, directly caused the loss and directly caused Knights not to move on; and therefore big $M’s in losses in gate revenues for Round 2.

    This conversation with my in-house was yesterday before the apology and before the referees suspensions.

    I was speaking to him again this morning and we were talking about the end result (apology and ref suspension). and he said that the likely scenario was a call by a VGK lawyer to NHL with some firm stances which ended up with a negotiated (1) apology that the public would be privy to; as well as (2) a suspension of the Refs who had not only made the wrong call on Eakin but also aggravating it even more by missing the two hooks by SJ during the 5 min PP and directly causing the Knights to lose the game and finally (3) GMGM to make a public statement neither directly blaming NHL or Refs ( a moving forward kind of statement, instead of keeping the issue alive)– McPhee in fact did make this statement!!!

    *Referee suspension…. once the Leafs got wind of the Refs from the Knight’s /Sharks game being suspended; they also put in a call and the league then the NHL also suspended the refs in the Bruins/Leafs series game 2; for their brutal reffing.

    This is the first time this has ever happend… two sets of refs in the same round being suspended due to in-proper reffing.

    To me , this all makes sense and I’m glad that the League is at least on top of this.

    VGKs are well off so the financial impact is much less that if it had happened to a market that is struggling (e.g. if this had happened in game 7 of the Car/Wash series leading to a brutal mistake by refs giving a major and leading to a Wash victory. Carolina will benefit quite a bit from the round 2 gate revenues.

    All that said…. the Refs made a quick call not based on what they saw that directly caused the victory to go to the Sharks.

    I know Gary and George that you don’t agree with my take on this and that of the TSN and SN panel. It is just the way I see it and I am firm on my stance with this. Even Ron McLean (the only quasi dissenter on this) changed his mind and said during last night’s game that it was the wrong call.

    I have no vested interest in either Sharks or VGK. I like both teams. What I don’t like is a key game and/or series decided upon by the Refs.

    I hate when Refs are paranoid to call anything in OT and that penalties keep going and players push the envelope as to what they can get away with. Sometimes when the refs finally capitulate and do call something (after ignoring many calls) and that results in an OT goal and a win. That irks me, but it is nothing like what happened in SJ in game 7

    Everybody remembers game 6 Gretzky high stick cut face to Gilmour. Late third, Leafs up by a goal in the game, up 3-2 in series, winner goes to cup (eventually to play Montreal, who won). At that time , there were no double minors; high stick with a cut, was a major…. instead of Leafs up by a goal with a 5 min PP…. LA ties and wins that game; Gretzky key on both goals (and Gretzky should have been in the box) sending it to game 7, where LA won.

    Everybody remembers the key turning point in the Wash Pitt series last year…. Series tied 1-1; Pens up by a goal in the third. Wilson completely obliterates ZAR’s face with a direct hit to the head…. no call (Note he gets suspended the next morning)…. 5 min maj that should have been called would basically have assured Pens victory that game and per TSN, no defending champ had lost a home game 4 in the second round. Pens were (and did) going to win game 4… that would have put them up 3-1 in the series…. IMO they then move on.

    There are more from history.

    This one (Eakin call) had more definitive and direct impact on the game and series than all of the others….. Leafs in the LA series were only up by one goal; same for Pens and that was only game 3, etc. etc. This was game seven; VGKs up by 3… this blown call on Eakin, plus the 2 blown missed hooks (during the 5 min PP) was truly the reason that the Knight’s lost the game and therefore the series and therefore at least 2 round 2 gates.

    It is sad all around (Little Joe is hurt and may not play game one, and VGKs should be hosting Col). However, the moves by the NHL ; apology and suspending both sets of refs (Leasf/Bos as well) was the right move and I believe this should definitely deter such cataclysmic events from happening in the future. This suspension for those 4 refs is very costly to them in lost pay. Sends a correct and serious message.

    Again, Sorry Gary and George for disagreeing with you on this but it is the way I see it. I watched the incident at least 10 times. Wrong call, weird accident, and the brutal missed hooks just exasperated the whole issue

    • Ahhhh …. so sorry for the double post Lyle

      I hit “submit” and it did’t show. Still had on screen so I cut and pasted into new comment post and hit send again

      Sorry about that Lyle

    • I think any Pens fan that is still pineing away for MAF should put those feelings to bed finally for good. That was the real choked playoff MAF in full display. He’s a great person and a great teammate but he’s not a great playoff goalie and has’nt been since 2008.

      The Sharks are my second favourite team since 2012 when I was stuck on the afternoon shift 3-11 EST and the only team that was still on when I got home was the Sharks who’s games start at 1030 EST. That was back when Brent Burns played winger on Joe Thornton’s line and had just came back from a catastrophic injury that cost him most of the season. The 2016 finals made me lose a little bit of my zest for them but they have so many players that deserve a cup before they retire and Joe Thornton is th head of that line. One of the most talented players to ever play and one of the most solid human beings as well. If Joe or Jaime Benn wins the cup this year then the hockey gods really do exist because both of those guys are everything that is good and honourable about the game.

  7. I AM AN IDIOT…this entire time I thought Stasny was on the draw and that the penalty was for who i thought was Eakin following through after the faceoff.
    I cannot believe they called the push off the faceoff….

    this what i get for having the audio off while watching replays