NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 2, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 2, 2019

The Boston Bruins dominated the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. The recap and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins went four-for-four on the power play to crush the St. Louis Blues 7-2 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Bruins defenseman Torey Krug scored a goal and set up three others. Boston center Patrice Bergeron (one goal, two assists) collected his 100th career NHL playoff point. Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington was pulled after giving up five goals on 19 shots.

Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug had a four-point performance in Game 3 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final (Photo via NHL Images).

The Bruins hold a 2-1 lead in the series. Game 4 goes Monday night in St. Louis. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a dominating performance by the Bruins, especially with the man advantage. They took a 3-0 lead in the first period and never looked back. The Blues were flat in their first Cup Final home game since 1970. Their penalty-killing was horrible while Binnington did not have a good night between the pipes.

St. Louis coach Craig Berube hasn’t lost faith in the rookie goaltender, who will be back between the pipes for Game 4. However, the Blues’ special teams must improve or they can forget about winning their first Stanley Cup.

It would be helpful for the Blues if Jaden Schwartz, their postseason scoring leader, can find the back of the net again. While he has two assists in this series he’s yet to score a goal. 

THE ATHLETIC: Columbus Blue Jackets center Lukas Sedlak has signed a two-year contract with the KHL’s Traktor Chelyabinsk. He’s slated to become a restricted free agent on July 1. 

THE SCORE: After participating in multiple tournaments, prospect center Jack Hughes opted to skip the fitness test during last week’s NHL scouting combine in Buffalo, NY. “I think I knew coming into the combine I wasn’t going to do the testing because I really haven’t trained for it, playing hockey the past two months,” Hughes said. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hughes’ on-ice abilities are far more important than how many chin-ups and bench presses he can do. Same goes for Finnish winger Kaapo Kakko, who skipped the entire combine after helping Finland win gold at the recent World Championships. The two are ranked one-two among this year’s prospects. 

SPORTSNET: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories will host Hockey Day in Canada on Feb. 8, 2020. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 30, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 30, 2019

The Blues even the Stanley Cup Final at a game apiece. Check out the game recap and other notable news in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Carl Gunnarsson’s overtime goal on a delayed penalty gave the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. It’s the first win in the Cup Final for the Blues in franchise history and ties this series at a game apiece. 

St. Louis Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson was the overtime hero in Game 2 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final (Photo via NHL Images)

Gunnarsson had an opportunity to win the game in the third period but his shot clanged off the goalpost. Running into head coach Craig Berube in the bathroom before overtime, he told his bench boss he needed just one more chance to score.

The Bruins played most of this game without defenseman Matt Grzelcyk. He left the game in the first period after being boarded by Blues winger Oskar Sundqvist in the first period.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Game 2 saw a better effort from the Blues. They out-played and out-hit their opponent in this contest. Grzelcyk’s absence left the Bruins short a defenseman for most of Game 2 and that took on a toll on their blueline as the game went on.

The Bruins’ top line struggled in Game 2, prompting speculation Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand could be nursing injuries. Game 3 of this series goes Saturday night in St. Louis.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators re-signed backup goaltender Anders Nilsson to a two-year contract extension worth $2.6-million per season.

NBC SPORTS: The San Jose Sharks are welcoming back Bob Boughner as an assistant coach. Boughner was previously on their coaching staff from 2015 to 2017 before becoming head coach of the Florida Panthers for two seasons. In April, the Panthers relieved him of his duties.

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: The Anaheim Ducks are looking at three potential candidates for their vacant head-coaching position. “Dallas Stars assistant coaches Rick Bowness and Todd Nelson and New York Islanders assistant Lane Lambert are set to be interviewed for the job.”

NHL.COM: John Madden is stepping down as head coach of the Cleveland Monsters, the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers have inked a three-year broadcasting contract extension with 560 WQAM Sports Radio.

SPORTSNET: has the complete list of the 108 players attending the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo, NY this week.