NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 5, 2021

by | Jun 5, 2021 | News, NHL | 28 comments

The Canadiens widen their series lead over the Jets, the Golden Knights rally to get back into their series with the Avalanche, plus the latest on Mark Scheifele, Evgeni Malkin, Max Domi and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Carey Price turned in a 30-save shutout and Tyler Toffoli netted the only goal as the Montreal Canadiens blanked the Winnipeg Jets 1-0. The Canadiens hold a 2-0 lead in the series, which shifts to Montreal for Game 3 on Sunday. The Jets were without Mark Scheifele (four-game suspension), Paul Stastny (undisclosed injury) and Dylan DeMelo (lower body).

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens were the better team in this game. They did an effective job shutting down the Jets’ offense. The Habs have now won five straight games stretching back to their first-round series with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Vegas Golden Knights got third-period goals from Jonathan Marchessault and Max Pacioretty 45 seconds apart to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. Colorado goaltender Philipp Grubauer kicked out 40 shots in a losing cause. The Avs hold a 2-1 series lead with Game 4 slated for Sunday in Denver.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Golden Knights have outshot the Avalanche 84-45 over the last two games. Many of the Avs’ best players weren’t at their best in this contest. Grubauer’s been brilliant but he’s going to need more help from his teammates or this series will be tied on Sunday evening.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets center Mark Scheifele said he was shocked by what he considered an excessive four-game suspension for his hit on Canadiens center Jake Evans in Game 1 on Wednesday. However, he won’t appeal the suspension. He also expressed his unhappiness over the hate his family received on social media following the incident. Evans, meanwhile, is sidelined indefinitely with a concussion.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s one thing to criticize Scheifele for his hit on Evans. He brought that upon himself and must face the consequences for his actions. It’s another to drag his family into this. There’s no justification for that at all.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin underwent surgery on his right knee. He’s expected to be available for the start of Penguins training camp in mid-September.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Malkin suffered the initial injury in early March, missing 23 regular-season games. He reinjured his knee during the club’s final game of the regular season, missing two of their six playoff games against the New York Islanders.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets center Max Domi will be sidelined five-to-six months following surgery to repair a labral tear in his right shoulder.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could explain the decline in Domi’s performance this season. He had just 24 points in 54 games this season with the Jackets.

BOSTON HOCKEY NOW: Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury but hasn’t been ruled out for Game 4 against the New York Islanders tonight.

NHL.COM: San Jose Sharks winger Kurtis Gabriel, Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne and New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban are the finalist for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.


  1. Re “It’s one thing to criticize Scheifele for his hit on Evans. He brought that upon himself and must face the consequences for his actions. It’s another to drag his family into this. There’s no justification for that at all.”

    This illustrates how many gutless wonders there are “out there” … disgusting

    • Listened to an interview of a young girl who is 17 playing in US Open golf tournament they asked why she had no social media presence? She said not much good comes from it mostly bully’s and mostly causes people problems very smart. People going after his family should be charged its criminal in my opinion to threaten people.

      • Agreed

    • Agreed

  2. If Scheifele wants to dish out illegal hits that take other players out of the series AND potentially out of the rest of the playoffs, then he shouldn’t whine about the consequences or the criticism! The NHL should have suspended Scheifele for the rest of the playoffs to match the loss of Evans for the Habs.

    It appears Scheifele’s haste, lack of composure and lack of discipline may be costing the Jets this series which would be the perfect retrobution.

    Nice hit and nice decision Mr. Scheifele! Next time you can decide whether to be a clean player or a dirty player with and EIGHT game suspension as a multiple offender.

    P.S. I have no horse in the race – just an NHL fan.

    • Wow … just, wow.

  3. Scheifele shows no contrition, continues to justify his action, continues to claim he did nothing wrong, gives a cursory nod to never wanting to see a player hurt.

    Given time to make a statement it was all me,me,me.

    Scheifele could put out a statement of apology, could say he never should have hit him, could say he lost his head, frustration got the better of him, he made a bad decision or any similar version.

    He could have said he reached out to Jake Evans and said whatever to him.

    He continues to justify his predatory hit. continues to make it about himself and pissing off the idiocracy contacting his family.

    Of course they are out of line but the only one who can tamp down the anger is Scheifele and he stokes it instead.

    • Very, very well said. Hopefully Scheifele will be able to whine and cry about me, me, me all the way home for the summer in 2 more games. Karma baby!

    • Wow, did you just pick what you wanted to hear!

      Your saying it ok to attack his family and he brought him on himself.

      Be better then that! It’s a hockey game.

      He also isn’t wrong by the player safety standards yes the 4 games was excessive.

      Your team won and you crying about Scheifele and defending people contacting and threatening his family.

      • As I said above Caper – disgusting. Perpetrated all over the web by anonymous gutless wonders.

      • Where does any comment on here refer to Scheifele’s family???

      • Unfortunately, a lot of people just aren’t better than that. Very sad.

    • Maurice really disgusts me about how he goes on about it was a clean hit. Not that long ago in the playoffs Tkachuk went to pin, of all people, Shiefle against the boards & Shiefle’s skate got caught up in a rut & he got injured. That puke Maurice went on how dirty & terrible of a hit that was. Compare the two hits & see what kind of hypocrite Maurice is.

      • Yup. Compared and not the same at all. Nice try.

  4. “What I saw was a Montreal player trying to score an empty net goal and a Winnipeg player trying to prevent it. There was no charge. Mark stopped skating well before contact. Jake had his head down and was oblivious to what might happen. All Jake thought about was the goal.”

    – Butch Goring

    • Yeah, and down is up.

      That you again, Wendell, you slimey little troll?

  5. Hey Montreal fans on here! Your looking like a solid cup contender! Good to see you are all enjoying the fun in a relaxed pleasant manner!


    Lyle. Malkin is not expected back for training camp. Bummer. Even though it was unlikely kiboshes any trade rumors.

  6. Habs fans are truly happy Mark is out they know it makes series much easier to win. How many Canadian fans think Perry or Gallagher don’t make that hit. Was maybe a one game suspension definitely not 4 in my opinion but hey it is what it is.

    • Obe,

      Real fans want to see best on best, want to see both Scheifele and Evans in the lineup.

      Hab fans are happy Scheifele has been held accountable for his predatory hit.

      To be in line with your nostalgia for victim blaming, don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.

      On a different note Max Domi was a fan favourite in Montreal for his freewheeling up tempo game and he thrived when let loose.

      I don’t know who the new coach will be for CBJ but I hope Max is let loose.

    • Well said Obe

      It is what it is. Move on. we are not going to change NHL decision makers and I am sure Betman had some input in suspension. There is always room for “too much/not enough”.

    • Drouin, Tatar and now Evans aren’t playing, the latter isn’t as skilled as the others, but he was having very good playoffs… Try something else

  7. Scheifele and Paul Maurice should both be ashamed of themselves .. their comments show how truly out of touch they both are …

    Whether it’s this season or next it will be joyous watching Anderson, Chiarot & Edmundson pummel the clueless gutter rat Scheifele into submission …

    and after his “clean hit” take I am done defending Maurice … all he did was make himself look stupid …

    and criticize the player and coach all you want, family members are out of bounds … that’s akin to those idiots out there attacking innocent Asians and blaming them for the virus …

    • hear hear … I saw that latter first hand and threatened to boot the SOB in the ass … and I’m 83 … pissed me off so much

      • Wow, George, it is great to read your comments. 83 and still taking the time to communicate with us.

        Guys, Hats off to George for his candor, insight and great contributions he brings to this site.

  8. Hey Montreal Fans; why not talk about Carey Price!

    Awesome player, better human.

    Stop by to visit with a Residential School rally, showing his support for the 215 bodies found on Residential School land.

    For all the Habs fans wanted Price gone, he is the definition of a difference maker.

    • Caper,

      Most Hab fans think Price is awesome as a player and human being.

      He constantly gives of his time and honours his roots.

      There are a minority of fans out there who live to criticise and complain that he’s paid too much, too long a contract and then he has yet another great run when it counts.

      He has carried the team on his back for years and fortunately had Allen to back him up this year.

      There’s a reason NHL players consistently vote for Carey Price as the goalie they want backstopping them in a winner tale all one game.

    • Caper weren’t you calling him weak on game 5 and said that he almost cost the habs the game?
      Habs fan know Price is a difference maker but glad to see your now acknowledging it too.

  9. Wow! George, 83 and still taking the time to contribute regularly. Hopefully on behalf of other contributors, Thank you for your insight and always great comments.