NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 26, 2019
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.
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.
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.
Habs have had preliminary discussions with Jordan Weal’s agent J.P. Barry. The pending UFA has interest in staying. We’ll see if they can get a deal done or not. https://t.co/yuQdNzIaJi
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 25, 2019