NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 28, 2019

by | Apr 28, 2019 | News, NHL | 6 comments

Blue Jackets and Stars even their second-round series at one game apiece, Calder Memorial Trophy finalists revealed, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Matt Duchene scored in double overtime as the Columbus Blue Jackets edged the Boston Bruins 3-2 to square their second-round series at a game apiece. Artemi Panarin scored twice and picked up an assist on Duchene’s goal. 

Artemi Panarin scored twice and set up another to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a series-tying 3-2 overtime win over the Boston Bruins (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Panarin was the star of this game. His first goal came from a one-timer from the top of the faceoff circle while his second was an incredible snipe from a sharp angle. Duchene scored his goal by picking up the rebound from a Panarin shot.

This game saw plenty of hits, with the Jackets holding a 49-42 edge in that department. It’s safe to say the Jackets have shaken off the rust from their long layoff between series. This could end up being the most physical series of the second round. 

The Dallas Stars also tied their second-round series with the St. Louis Blues with a 4-2 victory yesterday afternoon. Roope Hintz scored twice and set up another, Mats Zuccarello and Jason Dickinson each collected two assists, and Ben Bishop made 32 saves. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Stars also did a fine job of penalty killing as the Stars failed to cash in with five man-advantage opportunities. Hintz is enjoying a strong postseason. The 22-year-old Finnish rookie sits second among Stars scorers with seven points.

Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington, Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, and Vancouver Canucks center Elias Pettersson are this year’s finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year. 

THE SCORE: Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen isn’t concerned about being passed over as a finalist for the Calder. “I don’t care,” he told The Athletic’s Sean Shapiro.  “They are good players also. So I’m having fun here in playoffs.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Heiskanen’s supporters believe he merits Calder consideration because he played a full season whereas Binnington was called up at midseason. The case can also be made by Binnington’s supporters that the Blues wouldn’t have reached the playoffs without him. I’m in the latter camp but I acknowledge Heiskanen’s had one helluva season and is well on his way to becoming one of the NHL’s elite defensemen. 

NBC SPORTS: Washington Capitals blueliner Brooks Orpik intends to take some time mulling his future. The 38-year-old is an unrestricted free agent and there’s speculation he could hang up his skates. 

THE ATHLETIC: Michael Russo reports the Minnesota Wild are close to bringing in Mike Modano in a front-office role. He’s apparently close to moving his young family to Minnesota and could take on an ambassador-type role with the Wild. Modano began his career with the Minnesota North Stars in 1988-89 and moved with the team when it was relocated to Dallas in 1993. 


  1. Heiskanen may turn out to be the best of the bunch down the road. He reminds me of a guy named Lidstrom for Detroit.

    • @BCLeafFan what has impressed me is that opponents are hitting him every chance they get and he is not hiding or making bad decisions with pressure. He is poised ala Lidstrom

    • Heiskanen is absolutely an excellent player and should be there over Binnington no question. Matt Murray won 2 Stanley cups as a rookie and didn’t even get into the Calder conversation. Miro, Dahlen, And Petterson are the absolute future faces and superstars of the league and they should all be celebrated as such.

  2. To the CBC announcer JIm Hughson, please stop referring to the Bergeron line as the “perfection line” it’s a nick name that Joe Haggerty has been trying to put on them and it sounded Stupid then and it does now. Furthermore Pastrnack isn’t playing with his usual line mates very much.
    While at i’m it, would be nice if you and Simpson were just a little less bias in you in your game calling; after all you’re a national broadcast not a Ohio Broadcast. Toronto is out, time to move on. May I suggest St. Louis for your national broadcast as they have 20 Canadians list on their roster of 27 players.

    Interesting after looking at the remaining 8 teams rosters for Canadian content St.L has 20, NYI 16, Dal 16, Car 12, Col 11, SJ 11, Clb 9 and Bos 4. That is the roster which has more players then the actual lineup.
    Even though I follow the Bruins closely I knew they didn’t have a lot of Canadian content but I didn’t realize it was only 4 Canadians on their whole roster.
    How can the Boston Bruins be having any success with only 4 Canadians on their roster, something is wrong here; maybe after close review Boston is geographically close to Canada this must be the reason, they can smell the Canadian waters and they play like Canadians.

  3. Don’t tell Caper they’re making maple syrup in Vermont now. And, they’re calling it “Perfection Syrup”. Bastards!

    • I am a lifelong Vermonter. Had a friend visit from Texas recently and took him to one of the best breakfast places in the state…they literally make (perfect) maple syrup inside the restaurant.

      The guy doesn’t like real maple syrup, and paid extra for Aunt Jemima…no joke.