NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 24, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 24, 2017

Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson salutes the crowd following his team’s 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

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NHL.COM: Craig Anderson made 45 saves and Mike Hoffman scored the game winner as the Ottawa Senators edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The series returns to Pittsburgh for the seventh and deciding game on Thursday. The winner advances to face the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Final.

Bobby Ryan scored the game-tying goal for the Sens, while Evgeni Malkin tallied the only goal for the Penguins. Despite playing a strong game, Malkin lamented his missed scoring opportunities.

Despite the importance of this game for the Senators, the club once again failed to sell out the Canadian Tire Centre, an ongoing trend team owner Eugene Melnyk finds “disturbing.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators, and especially Anderson, rose to the challenge in this game after being blown out 7-0 in the previous contest. Regardless of the outcome of this series, this club has shown considerable character and determination.

Still, their inability to sell out their building during this playoff run is puzzling. Theories abound, from the arena’s location to the pay system problems facing government employees in the nation’s capital city to fan frustration over the team’s inconsistency in recent years. Whatever the reason, it’s a troublesome trend the club’s front office must examine and address. 

THE TENNESSEAN: As the Nashville Predators prepare for their first-ever Stanley Cup Final, there’s a team primer for those of you unfamiliar with the club. 

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche announced yesterday that assistant coaches Tim Army, Dave Farrish and Francois Allaire won’t be returning next season. The Avs have also received permission to speak with Toronto Maple Leafs assistant general manager Kyle Dubas. 

NBC SPORTS: Calgary Flames defenseman Ladislav Smid signed with Czech League team Liberec. Smid is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July and missed all of last season with a neck injury. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Edmonton Oilers re-signed winger Iiro Pakarinen to a one-year, US$725,000 contract. He played 14 regular-season games this season and one playoff game. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights first-ever home opener is slated for Oct. 10, though their opponent has yet to be determined. 

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Pioneering broadcaster Sherry Ross has been let go as the New Jersey Devils’ radio color commentator after 10 seasons. She’s the first woman to provide radio play-by-play.