NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 4, 2017
Penguins have Capitals on brink of elimination, Ducks tie series with Oilers & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Marc-Andre Fleury made 36 saves while Justin Schultz’s second-period power-play goal held up as the winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins held on for a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 4 of their second-round series. The win gives the Penguins a 3-1 lead in the series and the opportunity to wrap things up in Washington on Saturday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals overcame a 2-0 lead to tie the game in the second. However, a questionable call on Capitals defenseman John Carlson led to Schultz’s game winner. Another one late in the game on winger T.J. Oshie hampered Washington’s chances to tie things up late in the third.
Still, that doesn’t detract from the Penguins’ team effort in gutting out a big win without sidelined captain Sidney Crosby (concussion). The Capitals must now rise to the challenge of overcoming a 3-1 series deficit or face yet another early playoff exit.
Ryan Getzlaf scored twice and set up two others, including Jakob Silfverberg’s overtime goal, to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4, tying their second-round series at two games apiece. Milan Lucic, Connor McDavid and Drake Cagglula tallied for the Oilers. The series shifts back to Anaheim for Game 5.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some questions were raised over some of the Ducks’ goals, including Getzlaf’s first when it appeared there was goaltender interference on the Oilers’ Cam Talbot. Regardless, the fact remains the Ducks overcame a 2-0 series deficit and have wrested the series momentum away from the Oilers heading toward Game 5.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild winger Jason Zucker will undergo sports hernia surgery on Thursday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Injuries were a contributing factor in the Wild’s first-round elimination at the hands of the St. Louis Blues. Chrisian Folin (right shoulder) and Marco Scandella (left hip) also underwent surgery, Mikael Granlund played with a broken right hand and defenseman Ryan Suter played through an upper-body injury.
TSN: The Vancouver Canucks re-signed defenseman Andrey Pedan to a one-year, two-way contract.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Former NHL enforcer Sasha Lakovic recently passed away at age 45 from brain cancer. Lakovic played parts of three seasons (1996-97 to 1998-99) with the Calgary Flames and New Jersey Devils.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Lakovic’s family and friends.