NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 13, 2019

by | May 13, 2019 | News, NHL | 12 comments

Bruins take 2-0 series lead over the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final. Details and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins took a 2-0 series lead over the Carolina Hurricanes with a 6-2 beatdown in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final. Matt Grzelcyk scored two goals while Charlie Coyle and Torey Krug each collected three assists. Game 3 goes Tuesday night in Raleigh. 

Boston Bruins forward Charlie Coyle collected three assists in a 6-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins dominated this game from start to finish. Their roster depth is well on display in this series. They’ve controlled the play of this series since the third period of Game 1. Even Brad Marchand’s agitating antics are going the Bruins’ way, as he suckered Hurricanes captain Jason Williams into a retaliatory penalty. 

This game got out of reach for the Hurricanes early in the second period. Down 2-0 and with Bruins center Patrice Bergeron off for tripping, the Hurricanes failed to generate any offense with the man advantage. Soon after the penalty expired, Connor Clifton scored and the rout was on. By the time the Canes finally got on the scoreboard in the third period, it was far too late to change the outcome.

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues need a better effort from sniper Vladimir Tarasenko in Game 2 of their Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks. Tarasenko managed just one shot on goal during the Blues 6-3 loss to the Sharks in Game 1. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tarasenko’s teammates and Blues coach Craig Berube were quick to defend his performance, but he went largely unnoticed in Game 1. It’ll be interesting to see how he responds in Game 2. 

THE SCORE: Former Edmonton Oilers coach Ralph Krueger is reportedly a candidate for the vacant head-coaching job with the Buffalo Sabres. 


  1. Sharks Vs Bruins For The Cup: Go Sharks

    • Oh, I hope so. Bruins already did Ottawa a favour by knocking off Columbus, meaning their 1st round pick – now belonging to Ottawa – sits bit higher, and if SJ goes to the finals AND re-signs Karlsson, Ottawa gets their 1st Round pick next year to go with the passel of picks.prospects already bagged.

      • Doesn’t everyone want to see Joe win it all against his former team?

      • Nope

      • Definitely not us Bruins fans.
        If the B’s get ousted by the Canes, yes I will be rooting for him.

  2. Myhope for Carolina vs St. Louis not looking great 😢

  3. Anybody else watch the ohl finals. Ottawa won the first 2 games and then Guelph stormed back an won the next 4 easily to win the championship.

    • Vinnie, Guelph followed the same pattern through the final three rounds in the OHL – down 0-3 to London, down 1-3 to Saginaw and down 0-2 to Ottawa. Three great comeback victories.
      A quick personal note – George Burnett, GM and Head Coach of the Storm, was the best coaching hire I made in another life many years ago. He’s a man of integrity and he can coach. Good luck to the Storm in Halifax.

      • That Guelph team made a believer outta me for sure. I didn’t think any team would stop the 67s after they went 14-0.

        They can’t start 0-2 in the Memorial Cup round, however.

      • Always look forward to the Memorial Cup.

  4. As a Bruins fan, I thought the non-call on Marchand was a bit ridiculous, should have been matching minors there…though I don’t think that had any impact on the outcome of the game.

    All season long (actually for multiple seasons now) the biggest knock against Boston has been a lack of secondary scoring, that along with Rask performing in big games were my two biggest concerns going into the playoffs.

    The B’s have had 19 different goal-scorers in these playoffs and scored 6 goals last night without Bergeron, Marchand or Pastrnak scoring any of them. Coyle and Johansson have proven to be great pickups by Sweeney. Even Backes has scored a couple. If they keep this up, I like my team’s chances.

    • The Bruins have great special teams and they can match up with any style of play. Every line and their D has played well. A lot of hurricanes fans are not happy with the Canes play the last two games but the way they look has more to do with how good of a team the Bruins are.

      Not sure what Minnesota was thinking trading both Coyle and Niederreiter.

      I’m hoping Carolina having last change will make a difference in Carolina but if the Canes cant figure out the PK, this week it will be the end of a very good season.