NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 3, 2019

by | May 3, 2019 | News, NHL | 12 comments

Avalanche and Bruins tie their respective series at two games apiece. Recaps and a roundup of notable news in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 32 saves for his first career NHL playoff shutout in a 3-0 win in Game 4 over the San Jose Sharks. Their second-round series is tied at two games apiece. Nathan MacKinnon extended his playoff points streak to eight games while linemate Miko Rantanen had two assists. 

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer picked up his first career playoff shutout. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Special teams were also a factor in this one for the Avs, killing off two penalties and tallying a power-play goal. MacKinnon, meanwhile, is emerging as an early favorite for the Conn Smythe Trophy. He’s certainly been the Avs most valuable player thus far. 

The Boston Bruins also tied their series at two games apiece with a 4-1 victory in Game 4 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Patrice Bergeron scored twice and Tuukka Rask turned aside 39 shots. Blue Jackets winger Artemi Panarin’s goal was controversial, coming after the puck had deflected up into the mesh behind the Bruins net. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the Bruins were upset over the Panarin goal they didn’t lose their composure. The stage is set for what should be an entertaining Game 5 back in Boston on Saturday. 

NEW YORK POST: Islanders coach Barry Trotz won’t rule out shaking up his lineup for tonight’s Game 4 against the Carolina Hurricanes. Those changes could include backup Thomas Greiss replacing starter Robin Lehner. The Isles face elimination tonight. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A popgun offense, not Lehner’s goaltending, is the reason the Isles find themselves down 3-0 in this series. Yes, Lehner’s turnover in the third period of Game 3 resulted in the Hurricanes’ game-winning goal, but he’s been otherwise solid throughout this series. Without him, the Islanders probably don’t reach the playoffs, let alone advance to the second round. Changing the goalies won’t improve the Islanders anemic scoring punch. 

LAS VEGAS SUN: The Vegas Golden Knights yesterday announced assistant general manager Kelly McCrimmon was promoted to general manager. Now-former GM George McPhee will remain president of hockey operations. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Golden Knights didn’t want to risk losing McCrimmon to another team. There was talk he was a possible candidate for the Oilers’ vacant GM role. McCrimmon played a significant role in assisting McPhee in building and maintaining the roster. McPhee will still provide oversight over all hockey decisions but he and McCrimmon have a solid working relationship. 

THE SCORE: Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews underwent a procedure yesterday to remove surgical hardware from a 2014 surgery to repair a broken femur. The procedure isn’t expected to affect his offseason training routine. 

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers signed prospect defenseman Adam Fox to an entry-level contract. Earlier this week, the Rangers acquired Fox from the Carolina Hurricanes. 

SPORTSNET: Hockey Hall of Famer Red Kelly passed away yesterday at age 91. Kelly won eight Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs during his 20-year career. He was a defenseman who could also play at center. A six-time First Team all-star, Kelly won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy four times and the James Norris Memorial Trophy in 1953-54. In 1,316 games, Kelly scored 281 goals and 823 points. He also went on to coach the Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Toronto Maple Leafs. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Kelly’s family, friends, former teammates, and fans. He was truly a unique NHL player and coach, pioneering the role of the puck-moving defenseman. 


  1. And don’t forget “pyramid power.” RIP Red.

  2. I read yesterday that Red Kelly was cut twice from hockey teams at St Michaels – then twenty one seasons in the NHL, eight Stanley Cups. Pretty good role model.

  3. 4 official on the ice and not one of them is watching the puck. You can challenge a goal on an offside play but you can review a goal that should’ve never been. Get it right. Imagine if that was game 7 of the finals.
    Much was made about Marchand needing to be on his best behaviour, yet it seems all the attention that was put on Marchand punch and yet it was Columbus who were over zealous and taking most of the penalty. The Blue Jackets went out of there way to hit people and got caught out of position which in the Pastrnak case lead to his goal. As bad as the Bruins PP was they ended up 2-6 and Columbus 0-4 and a penalty shot.
    Nick Kypersos made a suggestion last night stating that Boston pp should be wiped out because of the penalty shot. Is he for real? If you want to give the team the option of taking the Penalty shot or having the Bruins sit the 2 minute minor sure, but you don’t get have the penalty shot and cancel the other team PP.
    I realize Jim Hughson is from Vancouver and has an obvious distain for Boston, but hey Jim 2011 is a long time ago, time to let it go there is no Canadian teams left in the playoffs try being a little more open minded. Did I say I cannot stand the CBC broadcasters. I despise bias announcing.

    • While I’m not saying anything new, and I’m not a Sharks or Avs fan, the officiating for their game last night was horrid. Two very obvious non-calls that would have gone against the Avs led directly to goals by them. I’m sure the Denver fans find no issue, but in my view it was an embarrassment to the league. It should never look like the refs could be responsible for changing the outcome of any game. Penalties in the regular season should be penalties during the playoffs. If the league wants to put away the whistle during the playoffs, they should put it away during the regular season. No double standard.

      • Save your breath.

      • GoBlues I couldn’t agree more. The officiating has been horrendous in the playoffs, across all games and all teams.
        Why does the NHL have one standard for the regular season and one for the playoffs?
        What does “the refs are letting them play” mean? that you can take liberties at will, the rule book is thrown out? Don’t change the game, enforce the rules.

    • I’m gonna write a strongly worded letter to the broadcast executives to see if we can get Gord Miller to call the games and anyone else other than Craig Simpson to do color commentary.
      That pair doing the lead for CBC/Sportsnet are atrocious.
      Jim has a great voice but his obvious disdain for the Bruins is a bit much.
      Simpson is 10 times worse than Glen Healy.

      • ShoreOrrPark

        Love Gord …., calls a great game

        Re Colur commentary ….anyone other than Craig Simpson … agree on anybody else with 1 single exception …. Loudmouth Pierre …. just spouts to hear his own voice …. he makes me ill

      • Hey, the league went with Sportsnet for its latest national TV contract and Gord Miller, Ray Ferraro, Bob McKenzie and all the other great TSN commentators and reporters were shut out for the duration.
        But the fans have no say in this or anything else…. unless ratings and attendance fall.

  4. You should have seen the first game of the OHL finals (won by Ottawa 67s 7-2 over Sarnia). The 67s had to kill off three 5 on 3s and were penalized once for goalie interference when the Ottawa skater, still playing the puck as he skated right to left pass the crease and collided with the goalie who had come 3 feet out of his crease to try and poke check it. These are the NHL officials of the future I suppose.

    • Guelph, George, the team that came back from 3-0 down against London and 3-1 down against Saginaw.
      Don’t plan the trip to Halifax just yet.

      • Oh, I’m not. I’m well aware that Major Junior hockey is a LOT like college football or basketball – no lead is ever safe. But then again, the 67s, who haven’t lost one in 13 straight games, including OT wins, aren’t London or Saginaw.