NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 5, 2019

by | May 5, 2019 | News, NHL | 21 comments

Bruins and Sharks take 3-2 leads in their respective series. Recaps and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: David Pastrnak scored twice, including the game-winner, as the Boston Bruins edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in Game 5 of their second-round series. The Bruins hold a 3-2 series lead as the series returns to Columbus for Game 6. 

David Pastrnak’s two goals lifted the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 victory in Game 5 against the Columbus Blue Jackets (Photo via NHL Images).

Most of the scoring took place in the third period. The Bruins held 2-0 and 3-1 leads but the Blue Jackets stormed back to tie the game before Pastrnak put it away at the 18:32 mark of the period. Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists for the Bruins. Jackets defensemen Seth Jones and Dean Kukan accounted for two of the Jackets’ three goals. Bruins blueliner Charlie McAvoy limped off the ice after blocking a shot with his foot in the dying seconds but claimed he was fine afterward. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That third period was arguably the most entertaining of the postseason thus far. A game the Bruins seemed to have in hand nearly slipped away as the Jackets rallied back to seize the momentum before Pastrnak sealed the deal. The Bruins can end this series and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with a win on Monday night. 

Thanks to Tomas Hertl’s two-goal performance, the San Jose Sharks overcame a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 in Game 5 of their second-round matchup. Tyson Jost tallied for the Avalanche while teammate Philipp Grubauer made 37 saves. Colorado center Nathan MacKinnon’s point streak ended at eight games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks did a fine job shutting down the MacKinnon line last night. Special teams also made the difference for San Jose, tallying a power-play goal and killing off three penalties. With a 3-2 series lead, the Sharks are poised to advance to the Western Conference Finals with a win in Game 6 on Monday. 

TSN: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk’s underwent season-ending surgery on his left shoulder. He’ll be sidelined four-to-six months. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes will miss van Riemsdyk’s presence on their blueline in the Eastern Conference Finals. He was having a fine postseason performance up until suffering that injury during Game 2 of their second-round series with the New York Islanders. 

THE SCORE: Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry doubled down on his view of the Hurricanes as a “bunch of jerks” for their elaborate post-game victory celebrations during the regular season. He also took a shot at their fans. “I’m told the owner said, ‘Entertain the crowd,’ and they still draw 13-to-14,000 people,” Cherry said. “And these people that are here now, now (that) they’re winning (are) front-running fans as far as I’m concerned.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s true the Hurricanes weren’t drawing well for most of the season, finishing 30th in attendance percentage (76.7). And yes, those post-game victory celebrations were staged to stir up some buzz to bring more fans back to the building. But after a decade of mediocrity and missed postseasons, who can blame their fans for staying away? It is difficult to support a club when it gives you little to cheer about for 10 years. 

Fans in any market will support a franchise if they at least believe the club can be a winner. For those who believe so-called “traditional hockey markets” support their teams through difficult times, a glimpse at the attendance of the Chicago Blackhawks between 1996-97 and 2006-07 suggests otherwise. For that matter, examine the attendance of “real hockey markets” when their teams are struggling on the ice. With rare exceptions (hello there, Toronto), attendance in nearly every market fluctuates based on the club’s performance. 

ESPN.COM: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Seattle is still in the mix to host the 2021 NHL Draft. The city was recently awarded an NHL expansion franchise. Their inaugural season is set for 2021-22. 


  1. Maybe Carolina’s regular-season crowds would pick up if they ran mini-NASCAR races around the rink between periods.

  2. F*ck Don Cherry and all the other whiners. Without fans attending, there is no hockey, no NHL. As long as it doesn’t interfere with the game, entertain the fans. Add a little more fun to the game. It’s our money that supports the team, it should be us, not a bunch of blowhard commentators who decide whether or not some kind of celebration is okay.

  3. Go canes go!

    Used car don is just being petulant because the idea that hockey is Canada’s game is being consistently disproven.

    I hope the canes win just to chap his ass.

    • And from Cherry’s perspective, it probably doesn’t help that Hurricanes aren’t a goon team, and are offensively led by (gasp!) 2 Finn’s. Oh, the horror!

    • Chrism what in the heck does that have to do with being Canada game? Just so we’re clear it will always be Canada Game. Most people I talk to (Canadians) enjoy what the Canes are doing.
      If you like Cherry or not he has a very valid point. Why don’t the Canes do a post game celebration in the playoff?
      It’s a gimmick personally don’t care one way or the other, if it puts bum in the seats all good.
      Is it much different then some of these arena that have young lady skating around scraping the ice in skimpy outfits.
      The challenge for the Canes going forward is now to come up with 20+ idea for each home win.

      • At least it wan’t “Canada” that came up with the shadowed puck so viewers south of the border could “follow the game on TV” – or – thank GOD – the long hockey pants. And I’m reasonable certain most Canadians involved with the game at the time were dead-set against the shoot-out – hockey’s equivalent to the designated hitter.

      • It’s not Canada’s game anymore and that’s what really gets under people like cherrys skin. The celebrations arnt what really bothers cherry. Its that overall feeling that the game is lost to the traditionalists. Hockey was Canada’s game. Now it’s the whole worlds game. Similar to baseball in the USA. It would be fair to say that hockey is Canada’s national pastime like they say of baseball here.

        And I do sish they kept the celebrations in the playoffs but they don’t really need to drum up extra butts in the seats now.

        To your post George that stuff highlights my point. That anger at what certain people feel are new fangled changes to “their” game.

        Sorry folks. That boat has sailed.

      • I was LAUGHING at that Chrisms – just as I laughed at it then – and I knew then that neither would last. They were both comical. As for the shoot-out, that’s a sop to those knuckleheads that couldn’t then – and still can’t – grasp what the 3-point game does to the sport. Why, at the same time, did they not just go to points % as they do in baseball and forget the points system?

  4. The Bruins won last night, on the strong play of Rask. It was a pleasure listening to Doc Emrick where a great save was a great save at both ends of the ice; as oppose to a great save by Bob and a missed opportunity by Columbus.
    Chara almost single handily game the game to Columbus, i’m never more nervous then when Chara is involved in the play, cant clear it, can’t control it and can’t pass it. He threw one body check in the series and although Nash played the next game hasn’t been back since. A little more of that please, especially on Savard who is having a field day out there with his constant hitting.

  5. Isn’t it interesting that Cherry has less Stanley Cup rings than the Canes?😂 Maybe he is sensing a bunch of jerks are more entertaining than his show has been for years?🧐 So they both took the last 10 years off but now the Canes are doing quite well and the storm surge seems to have helped them bond into a team that has lots of passion, good for them!

  6. Don Cherry is old I wouldn’t get to worried about what he says Father Time is taking over. Carolina is playing well Boston and Columbus are killing each other whoever wins will have their hands full.

    • What will you be doing – and thinking – if and when you are lucky enough to get to be OLD?

    • Don Cherry is 85yrs old and yet people still tune into Hockey Night in Canada ever Saturday to listen to him. You may or may not agree with him; as I sometimes do. However don’t knock a man who is 85yrs old where a network is still willing to employee him; why, because people tune in to listen to him.
      This man is 85yrs an still attract an audience; some love him, some don’t. He doesn’t back down from his views.

  7. It’s funny how everyone says don’t listen to Don Cherry and here you all are commenting on Don Cherry.

    • Um. No. We are commenting of lyles comments about other people’s comments about don cherry. Duh.

      • Chrism DUH how many comments r on here about Cherry?

        The reason the Canes don’t celebrate in the playoff is very simple; they know it will get under the other team skin. No different then you seen in the regular season when a team defeated Carolina at home, some players did the mock cheer.
        Yes it’s Canada game and always will be, it doesn’t bother us that it’s enjoyed all over the world.
        By your comments it’s you that has the issue with it being Canada game, as for no other reason you made your first comment, saying Cherry was upset because it’s Canada game. Reality is Cherry is a traditionalist and there is nothing wrong with that. No different then you don’t like physical hockey but I much prefer physical hockey.
        What the Canes are doing is a gimmick that in reality just can’t last, it will run its course and be done with. If they continue with it, then fine, don’t care one way or the other.
        Hockey has changes and evolved some good some bad, but in Canada it will always be Canada game, why that bother you, I don’t know but for what ever reason it does. Please continue to enjoy Canada game played by people all over the world.

      • Sure it is caper. Sure it is.

      • I liken the Carolina “surge” to the choreographed histrionics you see now in the NFL following a TD or intercepted pass or QB sack. Adds nothing to the game and the only ones it gets excited are those with the IQ of a kumquat.

        I loved it when college football introduced a penalty against such “celebrations.”

  8. Cherry is a blowhard. That’s why we love the guy. He stood up to the politically correct establishment in Canada, and won. He’s still standing, like him or not, and the CBC brass, no doubt, seethes with each broadcast. I admire the guy. May he dispense “butt hurt” for another decade or so.

    • Well said Strider

    • Yep!