NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 5, 2019

by | Apr 5, 2019 | News, NHL | 7 comments

Game recaps, Hurricanes, Avalanche, and Penguins clinch playoff berths, Capitals win fourth straight division title, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Tampa Bay Lightning tied an NHL record with their 61st win of the season by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1. League scoring leader Nikita Kucherov tallied his 40th goal of the season. Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner returned to the lineup after being sidelined since Feb. 25 by a back injury. 

For the first time since 2009, the Carolina Hurricanes (97 points) are heading to the Stanley Cup playoffs. They clinched a berth by defeating the New Jersey Devils 3-1. The Hurricanes currently hold a three-point lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Erik Johnson’s overtime goal propelled the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets, clinching the final playoff berth in the Western Conference. The loss dropped the slumping Jets (97 points) into second place in the Central Division.

Derek Stepan scored twice and Darcy Kuemper made 37 saves as the Arizona Coyotes downed the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1. Unfortunately for the Coyotes, they were eliminated from playoff contention by the Avalanche’s win over the Jets. Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury returned to action after missing nine games with a lower-body injury. Earlier in the day, Vegas defenseman Colin Miller was fined $2,000.00 for diving/embellishment during a March 30 game against San Jose. 

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel scored two goals as his club clinched a playoff spot with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings (Photo via NHL Images)

The Washington Capitals (104 points) won the Metropolitan Division title for the fourth straight year with a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. The loss puts the Canadiens (94 points) playoff hopes in jeopardy, as they could be eliminated tonight if the Columbus Blue Jackets defeat the New York Rangers. 

Phil Kessel scored twice to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. With the win, the Penguins (99 points) clinched a playoff berth for the 13th consecutive season. 

Brock Nelson scored the only goal in a shootout as the New York Islanders edged the Florida Panthers 2-1. The Isles (101 points) reached the 100-point plateau for the first time since 2015-16 and secured second place in the Metropolitan Division. 

Overcoming a 2-0 deficit, the Nashville Predators went on to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2. The Predators (99 points) took over first place in the Central Division. 

The St. Louis Blues (97 points) moved into a tie with the Jets for second place in the Central by thumping the Philadelphia Flyers 7-3. Alex Steen had two goals and an assist as the two clubs combined for eight goals in the first period. 

Gustav Nyquist’s goal late in the third period lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Leon Drasaitl tallied his 48th and 49th goals of the season while Sharks center Joe Thornton moved into eighth place on the all-time assist leaders list with his 1,064th helper.

Jaroslav Halak turned in a 26-save shutout as the Boston Bruins rolled to a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild. 

The Buffalo Sabres snapped an eight-game losing skid by downing the Ottawa Senators 5-2. Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists.

Harvard University defenseman Adam Fox, UMass blueliner Cale Makar, and St. Cloud State University rearguard Jimmy Schuldt are the 2019 Hobey Baker Award nominees. Fox’s NHL rights belong to the Carolina Hurricanes, Makar’s with the Colorado Avalanche, and Schuldt with the Vegas Golden Knights. 


  1. Oh philbert. Your ears were a ringing yesterday huh?

  2. Wow

    Can’t remember a season where 3 teams in a single Div could finish in any order 1-2-3 pending the outcomes of the very last games in the season for all of them

    PVR is set to go!

    Congrats to TBay and Carolina

    Habs…. pulling for you to make the playoffs

    Pens…. Phew! Great game

    I listed yesterday (in response to the Spector post) my rationale why Phil should be traded in the summer (best/appropriate time for team to do so).,. I closed saying watch Phil now get a big game “tonight” (last night)…. perhaps Phil read my posts and gave it all? Should I post similar before every Pens game… LOL

    Pens back with Letang and Malkin looked great… lines great

    IMO —- Wsh (no gain to them in positioning to win) should want to put full effort in to win against NYI…. a loss opens the door for a first round match up with Pens … which they very likely don’t want…. beat NYI and Pens best NYR… Wsh assured to open against Car (likely) or Clb

    1 goal against last night for Pend…. guess who was once again covering nobody …. that’s now 5 shut-outs lost that he was either directly responsible for or shared responsibility for

    Last night AGAIN if not for a post and 2 ten bellers by Murray….. he would have been on the ice for 4 GAs and DIRECTLY responsible for 3

    It is waaaaaay beyond sickening

    Pens with the following D pairings played every game in playoffs will be in ECF and have a shot at getting to SCF:

    Letang Maata (great together last night)

    Shultz Dumo (do work very well together)

    Gudbranson Petterson (chemistry is pretty darn good with them)

    JJ should not even be allowed to team meetings in case some of his poor play mindset rubs off

    • Yeah it would be amazing for them to sit Jack the black hole but they won’t and it will cost them. I think Cullen should take a seat when ZAR comes back too. They see something in Wilson that no one else does and they better not sit Blueger who has been an absolute delight. That leaves Cullen or Teddy on the bench and stupidly it will be Teddy and Marcus who are on the outside looking in on the first day of the playoffs.

      • Hi Deee

        If I had to weigh Blueger sitting (for Wilson) or JJ sitting (for Petterson)…. I’ll take the latter EVERY SINGLE TIME …., and I love Teddy

        Wilson adds little …. but JJ is so detrimental to the team it’s s no brainer

        …. he has cost Murray 5 shutouts; the team 11 game points ….. yhey’f Have had Metro locked up two weeks ago and would be sitting right now at 110 points…. 2nd in the League confirmed …. best any other team (other than Bolts) can end up with is 109

        Team %XGF when he is on the ice is < 40 % and when he is off the ice … almost 60 %

        He is a huge thorn in my side

        I played hockey for years ; been an avid fan of hockey at all levels for 50 years; I coached for 12 years….

        …. and I have never witnessed a player with anywhere near as much of a negative impact on team success

        He is brutal PERIOD

        Sully (and GMJR) have to eat crow and sit him

        All bias aside…. I truly believe that Pens are the one team in the East that if they sit JJ all games; can take TBay

        With him in a series with TBay …. Pens would have to win 4 games each at 8-7 or higher blowouts…. not happening


    • If they penguins can stay healthy they can win it…they have a shot for sure.. with malkin and letang back…look out.. looks like penguins islanders..i. sure caps wont dress ovi wilson carlson htby when they host the islanders Saturday..they want islanders to have home ice..they don’t want Pittsburgh..

      • Hi BlackNGold

        Wash absolutely doesn’t want to meet Pens first round …. Wsh losing to NYI could open that door … I think Wash will want to win