NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 14, 2019

by | May 14, 2019 | News, NHL | 6 comments

Blues beat the Sharks to tie the Western Conference Final, Ryan Kesler undergoes another hip surgery, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Robert Bortuzzo snapped a 2-2 tie in the second period as the St. Louis Blues doubled up the San Jose Sharks 4-2 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final. The series is tied at a game apiece. Logan Couture scored both goals (one of them shorthanded) for the Sharks. Game 3 will be Wednesday at 8 pm ET in St. Louis.

St. Louis Blues defenseman scored the game-winning goal in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blues took a 2-0 lead only to see Couture erase it before Bortozzo restored their lead. Bortuzzo’s teammate Jaden Schwartz picked up his ninth goal of the postseason. This was a big game for the Blues, who bent but didn’t break against the Sharks offensive attack.

Couture, who was the leading scorer of the 2016 playoffs, is having another fine postseason. He leads all scorers with 13 goals and 19 points. 

SPORTSNET: Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler underwent right hip resurfacing surgery last week. He could miss the entire 2019-20 season. The procedure is less invasive than hip-replacement surgery and allows the possibility for the 34-year-old Kesler to continue his playing career.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kesler, 34, underwent hip surgery two years ago. Here’s hoping he makes a full recovery and resumes his NHL career.

Speaking of the Ducks, they were granted permission by the New York Islanders to Lane Lambert for their vacant head-coaching position. Lambert is the Islanders associate coach. 

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour is playing coy over whether he’ll replace Petr Mrazek in goal with Curtis McElhinney for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Boston Bruins hold a 2-0 lead in that best-of-seven series.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Mrazek had his difficulties against the Bruins in Games 1 and 2 but he wasn’t to blame for the Hurricanes’ lopsided losses. Switching goalies might provide the shake-up the Hurricanes need to pick up their play in Game 3 tonight.

NBC SPORTS: The Chicago Blackhawks re-signed defenseman Slater Koekkoek to a one-year, one-way contract extension worth $925k. The Blackhawks acquired Koekkoek from the Tampa Bay Lightning in January. 

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres rookie defenseman Lawrence Pilut underwent shoulder surgery and will be sidelined five-to-six months. 


  1. Looks like Kessler’s career is over.

    • I agree fully George

      If I was snotty I would have said that his career had already been over as at the start of the 18/19 season

      I just don’t see him coming back now

      He’ll get his Sal through ins. and Ducks save $6.9M on Cap once he is put on LTIR

  2. You may have good wishes for Kesler continuing his career, Lyle, but you are a member of a small club.

    Kesler is one of the most disliked players in the league. He is a cheap shot artist who constantly runs his mouth off but isn’t willing to go unless the other player is smaller. That didn’t go so well for him with Max Domi.

    Kesler hasn’t won a Cup, an Olympic gold, or a World Championship at the adult level. “Can’t Win with Kesler” will be his hockey eptiaph and the game will be better for his absence.

    • I second that strong opinion.

  3. Would you rather leave Mrazek in game 3 and then play Mac in game 4 -5 -6 -7 trying for a miracle?

    Or have Mac in game 3 and comeback to Mrazek in game 4 if things did not workout and try to go 4 -5 -6 -7 with your #1

    • If the coach is any kind of self-determining individual he will listen to what his gut tells him and not risk second-guessing himself later because THAT is nothing more than over-thinking. One should always go with their first thought whatever it is