NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 24, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 24, 2019

Bruins and Sharks advance to the second round, King Clancy Trophy finalists revealed, second-round schedule scenarios, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Barclay Goodrow’s overtime goal lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 5-4 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 of their opening-round series, propelling the Sharks into the second round against the Colorado Avalanche.

Barclay Goodrow’s overtime goal gave the San Jose Sharks a 5-4 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 of their opening-round series. (Photo via NHL Images)

The Sharks overcame a 3-0 deficit with four power-play goals in the third period after Golden Knights center Cody Eakin received a five-minute major and game misconduct for cross-checking Sharks center Joe Pavelski, who was forced to lead the game with a head injury. Vegas winger Jonathan Marchessault scored the game-tying goal in the final minute of the third to force the extra frame. Logan Couture scored twice and Kevin Labanc had a four-point performance for the Sharks. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks deserve full marks for overcoming a 3-1 series deficit and a 3-goal deficit in this game to defeat the Golden Knights. It was an impressive comeback for a club that appeared poised for a quick first-round elimination.

Marchessault and his Vegas teammates weren’t happy with the severity of the penalty to Eakin, which turned the tide of the game as the Golden Knights appeared to have the game in hand up to that moment. I don’t believe Eakin intended to injure Pavelski, who was knocked off balance and struck his head on the ice, but the blood pouring out of the latter’s helmet pretty much sealed Eakin’s fate. 

For the second straight year and the third time since 2013, the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of an opening-round series, this time with a 5-1 victory. The Bruins move on to face the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round. Joakim Norstrom and Sean Kuraly each had a goal and an assist while Tuukka Rask made 32 saves. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was the Bruins’ supporting cast who got the job done in this one, with Nordstrom, Kuraly, Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson tallying four of Boston’s five’ goals. The Bruins series victory, however, is being overshadowed by the blizzard of press coverage over the Leafs failure yet again to advance to the second round. I’ll have more on that later this morning in the Rumors section.

The Carolina Hurricanes hope to have sidelined forwards Andrei Svechnikov (concussion) and Micheal Ferland (upper-body injury) back in the lineup for tonight’s Game 7 against the Washington Capitals. 

The NHL released its second-round schedule scenarios, with the next round kicking off on Thursday with the Columbus Blue Jackets facing off against the Boston Bruins and the Dallas Stars meeting the St. Louis Blues. 

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, and Minnesota Wild winger Jason Zucker are this year’s finalists for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.”

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian underwent his second hip surgery in 14 months and could miss the start of next season. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens center Jesperi Kotkaniemi underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to correct a chronic minor ailment. The procedure isn’t expected to affect his offseason training. 

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Former NHL forward Neal Broten “has been cited in western Wisconsin for what is now his third drunken-driving arrest.” 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 3, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 3, 2018

Sharks square series with Golden Knights, Lightning take series lead over Bruins, Tom Wilson suspended, Stars to announce new head coach. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines

NHL.COM: Martin Jones had a 34-save shutout as the San Jose Sharks blanked the Vegas Golden Knights 4-0, tying their second-round series at two games apiece. Logan Couture and Brenden Dillon each collected two assists for the Sharks, who also successfully killed off all five of Vegas’ power-play opportunities. The series returns to Vegas for Game 5 on Friday.

Martin Jones’ 34-save shutout gave the San Jose Sharks a 4-0 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4 of their second-round playoff series (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was the Sharks best performance of the series. They did an excellent job neutralizing the Golden Knights’ power play while Jones was stellar between the pipes.

Two goals by Ondrej Palat in the opening 3:19 of the first period powered the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins. The win gives the Lightning a 2-1 lead in their second-round series, which resumes Friday in Boston. Winger Yanni Gourde became the second Lightning player to become a father in the 2018 playoffs (J.T. Miller was the other), returning in time to take part in Game 3.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to Gourde and his wife. For the second straight game, the Lightning managed to contain Boston’s top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. If the Bruins’ secondary scorers don’t start cashing in soon this series could be over in five games. 

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON/PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Capitals winger Tom Wilson received a three-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese during Game 3 of their second-round series. Meanwhile, the Penguins need more from forwards Phil Kessel and Derick Brassard in this series against the Capitals. 

THE TENNESSEAN/WINNIPEG SUN: The Nashville Predators need to regroup and stick with goaltender Pekka Rinne after blowing a three-goal lead to fall 7-4 to the Winnipeg Jets in Game 3 of their second-round series. Meanwhile, Jets forward Mathieu Perreault was medically cleared to return to action after being sidelined for the past seven games with a suspected shoulder injury.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: On Friday, the Dallas Stars expected to name Denver University’s Jim Montgomery as their new head coach. He’ll become just the fifth coach in hockey history to jump directly from the NCAA ranks into the NHL. He guided his club to the 2017 NCAA championship.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Having spent parts of six seasons as an NHL player with the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks and the Stars, Montgomery knows what to expect at the big-league level. He also has a reputation for working well with young player. That should should prove invaluable to a roster with six regulars under 25 who skated in 70-plus games this season. 

NHL.COM: Daniel and Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks, P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators and Jason Zucker of the Minnesota Wild are this year’s finalists for the King Clancy Trophy. 

The Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames will play a pair of preseason games in China this September. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 24, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 24, 2018

Capitals eliminated the Blue Jackets, Leafs push Bruins to a seventh game, Wild fire GM Chuck Fletcher, Flames hire Bill Peters. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Braden Holtby turned aside 35 shots as the Washington Capitals defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 to win their opening-round series in six games. Nick Foligno scored two goals for the Jackets in a losing cause. For the third straight year and the fourth time since 2009, the Capitals will meet the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round.

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby played a crucial role in his club’s series victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rallying from a 2-0 series deficit, the Capitals displayed plenty of character  against the Jackets. Holtby’s performance was a big reason for the turnaround, overcoming a disappointing regular-season effort to regain the starter’s job. He finished the series by winning four of five games, sporting a 1.92 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage. 

Speaking of overcoming a two-game series deficit, the Toronto Maple Leafs pushed the Boston Bruins to a seventh and deciding game with a 3-1 victory in Game 6. Frederik Andersen made 32 saves while William Nylander, Mitch Marner and Tomas Plekanec tallied for the Leafs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After lopsided victories in the first two games, the Bruins appeared poised to sweep the Leafs out of the opening round. Thanks to Andersen’s outstanding play and an improved defensive effort, the Leafs rallied from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to seize the momentum heading back to Boston for Game 7 on Wednesday. 

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild will not renew the contract of general manager Chuck Fletcher. Team owner Craig Leipold said he doesn’t anticipate head coach Bruce Boudreau or his staff leaving.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word yet on Fletcher’s replacement. Whoever gets the job will be expected to shake up a Wild roster that reached the playoffs in six straight seasons but never advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs.

Fletcher’s record was a mixed bag. He got Devan Dubnyk and Eric Staal on the cheap, fleeced the New York Islanders for Nino Niederreiter and drafted Mikael Granlund. However, last year’s deal for Martin Hanzal was a bust, and signing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to expensive long-term deals in 2012 are potential salary-cap millstones as age and injuries affect their performances. 

CALGARY SUN: To the surprise of no one, the Flames hired former Carolina Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters as their new bench boss. On Friday, Peters exercised the out clause in his contract with the Hurricanes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Peters might bring a different approach to the Flames, but they won’t significantly improve until they address their depth in goal and at right wing. 

TSN: The Colorado Avalanche signed head coach Jared Bednar to a one-year contract extension, taking him to the end of the 2019-20 season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A well-deserved reward for Bednar, who coached the Avs from a dead-last performance last season to a playoff berth this year. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks won’t be renewing the contract of assistant coach Trent Yawney.

NHL.COM: The league announced the 31-team nominees for the 2018 King Clancy Trophy.

Anaheim Ducks: Ryan Getzlaf

Arizona Coyotes: Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Boston Bruins: Zdeno Chara

Buffalo Sabres: Zach Bogosian

Calgary Flames: Travis Hamonic

Carolina Hurricanes: Justin Faulk

Chicago Blackhawks: Duncan Keith

Colorado Avalanche: Gabriel Landeskog

Columbus Blue Jackets: Sergei Bobrovsky

Dallas Stars: Tyler Seguin

Detroit Red Wings: Justin Abdelkader

Edmonton Oilers: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Florida Panthers: Mike Matheson

Los Angeles Kings: Drew Doughty

Minnesota Wild: Jason Zucker

Montreal Canadiens: Brendan Gallagher

Nashville Predators: P.K. Subban

New Jersey Devils: Cory Schneider

New York Islanders: Anders Lee

New York Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist

Ottawa Senators: Mark Borowiecki

Philadelphia Flyers: Shayne Gostisbehere

Pittsburgh Penguins: Matt Murray

San Jose Sharks: Chris Tierney

St. Louis Blues: Alex Pietrangelo

Tampa Bay Lightning: Ryan Callahan

Toronto Maple Leafs: Matt Martin

Vancouver Canucks: Daniel Sedin & Henrik Sedin

Vegas Golden Knights: Deryk Engelland

Washington Capitals: Brooks Orpik

Winnipeg Jets: Matt Hendricks