NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 13, 2019
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.
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.