NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 20, 2019
The Blues are within one game of the Stanley Cup Final. A recap of Game 5 of the Western Conference Final, updates on the Bruins, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The St. Louis Blues are one win away from the Stanley Cup Final following a 5-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final. Jaden Schwartz tallied a hat trick and Vladimir Tarasenko scored on a penalty shot. Schwartz is one goal from tying Brett Hull’s franchise record for most goals (13) in a playoff year. Tarasenko became the first Blue to score on a penalty shot in the postseason. Jordan Binnington turned in a 21-save shutout performance.
The Blues lead the series three games to two. They can wrap up the series in Game 6 at home on Tuesday night.
It was a costly loss for the Sharks. Four players – Erik Karlsson, Joe Pavelski, Tomas Hertl, and Joonas Donskoi – left the game with injuries. Donskoi was the only one to return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Up 1-0 entering the second period, the Blues seized control of the game with goals by Schwartz and Tarasenko. Those tallies sucked the life out of the Sharks. They were on their heels for the remainder of the contest.
Karlsson was once again in obvious discomfort, stoking speculation his nagging groin injury has flared up again. Pavelski seemed to be limping when he left the game following a hit by Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. Hertl departed following a blindside hit by Blues forward Ivan Barbashev that went uncalled. The Sharks will be in real trouble if those three remain sidelined for Game 6.
NBC SPORTS: David Krejci, Zdeno Chara, and Steve Kampfer skipped Boston Bruins practice yesterday. Krejci took a “maintenance day”. Chara and Kampfer are nursing injuries but they skated before practice yesterday. The trio is expected to be in the lineup for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final next Monday.
CBS SPORTS: cites a report from The Fourth Period claiming the Carolina Hurricanes intend to buy out goaltender Scott Darling. The contract buyout period begins June 15 and runs to 5 pm ET on June 30.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As yet, there’s no indication from Hurricanes management regarding their intentions for Darling. It’s doubtful they’ll formally confirm their plans before the buyout period begins. Signed to a four-year, $16.6-million contract two years ago, Darling struggled with poor conditioning and several injuries. He spent the bulk of this season with the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate in Charlotte.
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