NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 3, 2019

by | Jun 3, 2019 | News, NHL | 1 comment

Check out the latest on the Bruins and Blues on the eve of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

BOSTON HERALD: Trade deadline acquisitions Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson are paying dividends for the Bruins in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Coyle is fifth among their postseason scoring leaders with eight goals and 15 points. Johansson, meanwhile, has four goals and 11 points. 

Charlie Coyle (above) and Marcus Johansson are trade-deadline acquisition paying dividends for the Boston Bruins (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Johansson is a UFA this summer. He could be just a playoff rental for the Bruins, who have over $68 million (stick tap to Cap Friendly) invested in 19 players. Defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo are restricted free agents due for significant pay raises.

Coyle is assured of returning with the Bruins as he has a year remaining on his contract. Given his postseason play, it’s unlikely they’ll move him in the offseason. 

NBC SPORTS: Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy is ok after making a painful shot block in the third period of Game 3. The blueliner was visibly in pain and left the game with just two minutes remaining in the third period. 

STLTODAY.COM: After being the least-penalized team through three rounds, the St. Louis Blues are awash in penalties in the Cup Final. They’re averaging 11.3 minutes per game against Boston compared to 6.8 minutes per game against their earlier playoff opponents. Blues coach Craig Berube is frustrated and befuddled by the spike in penalties against his team, adding he didn’t agree with some of the calls. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Berube noted his players are allowing frustration and emotion to creep into their play, especially when play is stopped. The Bruins are also very good at drawing penalties so the Blues must ensure they don’t rise to the bait. Not easy to do when emotions are running high. Given the Bruins lethal power play, which went four-for-four in Game 3, the Blues must play with more discipline in this series. 

TSN: Blues center Robert Thomas and defenseman Vince Dunn skated with their teammates during practice yesterday. Thomas has an unspecified injury while Dunn is recovering from concussion symptoms. Their status for Game 4 remains uncertain. 







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  1. Lost in the fact that Boston scored 4 power play goals in 4 attempts (on 4 shots) on Saturday night is the fact that the Bruins actually had more penalty minutes in that game.

    Chara was given a roughing call for a basic body check against the boards and matching roughing for shoving with Maroon…something that happens after nearly every whistle but was a penalty for one play. The kneeing call against Debrusk could have just as easily been interference/tripping against STL…the guy stuck his leg out as far as he could and Debrusk ran into it.

    I’m not so much complaining about the officiating as pointing out that STL really doesn’t have a reason to…they got whooped on Saturday because they played poorly.