NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 28, 2019

by | May 28, 2019 | News, NHL | 13 comments

The Bruins draw first blood in Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. A recap and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins overcame a 2-0 deficit to double up the St. Louis Blues 4-2 in Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. Sean Kuraly scored the game-winner and collected an assist. Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko scored for the Blues. Game 2 goes Wednesday night in Boston.

Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug’s big hit on St. Louis Blues forward Robert Thomas excited the crowd in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final (Photo via NHL Images).

Bruins defenseman Torey Krug ignited his teammates with a big hit on Blues forward Robert Thomas in the third period. Boston captain Zdeno Chara left the game late in the third period after getting cut on the left forearm from blocking a shot. Chara received stitches but insists he’ll be ready for Game 2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A lengthy layoff between series affected the Bruins’ play in the first period. But after the Blues went up 2-0, they regained their game legs and dominated the rest of the contest.  

NBC SPORTS: Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov issued a statement denying he used illegal drugs after video emerged showing him sitting next to a table with lines of an identified powder. The video was shot in Las Vegas last June after the Capitals won the Stanley Cup. The video doesn’t show Kuznetsov snorting or ingesting the powder. The Capitals and the league are investigating. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kuznetsov said he was in an unfamiliar room with some friends, grew uncomfortable and quickly left. We must reserve judgment until the league and the Capitals have completed their investigations. 

SPORTSNET: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said changes will be coming to video review during meetings of the competition committee and general managers next month. Those changes could be implemented for next season following a series of controversial calls in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Bettman admitted being upset over an uncalled hand pass leading to an overtime goal by the San Jose Sharks during the 2019 Western Conference Final. He also dismissed the idea of doing away with video replays, adding the league wants to find ways to improve the process.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said collective-bargaining discussions with the NHL Players Association are ongoing and expected to continue throughout the offseason. Both sides hope to hammer out an agreement and avoid another work stoppage. Both sides can opt out of the current agreement in September. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Video replay can and should be improved. Don Cherry suggests providing on-ice officials with earpieces to off-ice officials monitoring the game in the arena to quickly address questionable calls.

It’s a good sign the league and the PA are continuing discussions. Hopefully, the two sides can reach an agreement come September. If one or the other does so, the current agreement will terminate on Sept. 15, 2020. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens re-signed restricted free-agent defenseman Xavier Ouellet to a one-year, two-way contract. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: New research indicates Pittsburgh could be the birthplace of professional hockey.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stick tap to reader “Chrisms” for the link. 


  1. Among other things from Game 1 the Blues need to improve upon, they took far too many penalties and needless ones too.

    • Agree. It looked like they were determined to “set the tone” in a rusty Bruins team and went a little overboard. They did much the same thing early in the San Jose series, but re-grouped and stuck to aggressive fore-checking which eventually wore down the SJ D.

      • @ George..For sure. Once the Blues stopped forechecking, the Bruins took over.

      • blues can’t change from the aggressive forecheck but must avoid just stupid penalties….a fine line to walk

  2. Maybe a little karma with Berube complaining his team took too many penalties

  3. Boston didn’t play well and St. Louis didn’t play well. Perron, should’ve been called for roughing on Krug and Krug should’ve been called for charging on Thomas.
    Expect to see a much better game 2. Please CBC stop calling the Bergeron Line the perfection line which was started by Joe Haggerty. I despise the name and they were not so perfect; however they were on the ice for 100% of the Blues goals.

    I think Don Cherry has a very good suggestion with an earpiece, that could be used for the most egregious calls. Important to get it right but at the same time don’t want to see the game slowed down.

    • No charge on Krug. Was heading to play the puck, Thomas got there first, Krug then coasted into him applied a clean hit – shoulder to chest.

      • And right there, in a nutshell, is a good description of why refereeing has proven to be so frustrating for the average fan – everything is in the eye of the beholder. That’s why baseball fans coined the scream “KILL THE UMPIRE” so many years ago.

      • I’ve heard hockey fans chanting “I’m blind, I’m deaf, I wanna be a ref” at more than one venue, though I believe I heard it first on the campus of Middlebury College.

      • Charging is more then 3 strides, Krug was one or two strides more then that.

  4. Wow, so hockey is ‘American’ and basketball is ‘Canadian’…..what a tangled web we weave….

    • Well, half Canadian anyway

  5. If you didn’t just love the Krug hit than watch a different sport was clean shoulder down never left feet like Marchand said NHL changing hockey to flag hockey. Hockey is a fast tuff sport that is turning into pond hockey no fighting no hitting pretty soon no swearing or cussing or spitting.