NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 22, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 22, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray makes one of his 25 saves in a 7-0 shutout of the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Penguins take control in Eastern Conference Final, plus updates on the Ducks and Predators in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Evgeni Malkin and Carter Rowney each collected three assists and Matt Murray turned in a 25-save shutout as the Pittsburgh Penguins crushed the Ottawa Senators 7-0 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. The series returns to Ottawa for Game 6 with the Penguins hold a 3-2 series lead.

The Penguins were skating without injured forward Patric Hornqvist and defenseman Justin Schultz but winger Bryan Rust returned to the lineup. Senators defensemen Erik Karlsson and Cody Ceci and center Derick Brassard left the game with injuries but are expected to play in Game 6.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This lopsided victory by the Penguins was reminiscent of the Senators 5-1 win back in Game 3, when they took a 2-1 series lead and seemingly had the battered Pens on the ropes. But in the last two games, the Penguins reminded everyone why they’re the defending Stanley Cup champions. They’ve adjusted to the Senators’ defensive system while drawing upon their roster depth to overcome a rash of injuries. 

THE TENNESSEAN: With the Nashville Predators holding a 3-2 lead over the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Final, their fans anticipate watching franchise history in Game 6. With a win tonight, the Predators would advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time.

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Ducks will be playing Game 6 without forwards Rickard Rakell and Patrick Eaves (lower-body injuries), while goaltender John Gibson (lower body) remains questionable.

STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues owner Tom Stillman gave a vote of confidence to general manager Doug Armstrong. While Armstrong has a year remaining on his contract, Stillman said he still feels he’s the right man for the job.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: A source says Ulf Samuelsson is the top candidate for the vacant job of assistant coach.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Former Blackhawks defenseman Bill White has died at age 77. White played 10 seasons in the NHL, seven with the Hawks. He was also a member of Team Canada in the historic 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to White’s family and friends. 

TSN: Sweden downed Canada 2-1 in a shootout to win the gold medal in the 2017 World Championships. Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander was named tournament MVP. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 2, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 2, 2017

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom reacts after scoring against the Boston Bruins.

Stars of the month, injury updates, some minor trades & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists to lead the Washington Capitals to a 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins. Brad Marchand scored twice for the Bruins. The Caps were without winger Justin Williams, sidelined in a previous game by a lower-body injury

Sean Monahan scored twice and Brian Elliott made 28 saves as the Calgary Flames thumped the Minnesota Wild 5-1, snapping the latter’s 14-game road point streak.

Jeff Carter scored twice and Peter Budaj made 22 saves for his sixth shutout of the season as the Los Angeles Kings blanked the Colorado Avalanche 5-0

Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov, Bruins winger Brad Marchand and San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns were the NHL’s top players for January 2017.

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner was the NHL rookie of the month for January 2017. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Marner is also the third Leafs rookie to be honored this season, joining. William Nylander (October) and Auston Matthews (December).

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins winger Conor Sheary is out four-to-six weeks with an upper-body injury. Sheary is third on the Penguins in goals this season with 17.

NBC SPORTS: The Arizona Coyotes made a couple of minor deals, shipping goaltender Justin Peters and minor league defenseman Justin Hache to the Dallas Stars for minor-leaguers Brendan Ranford and Branden Troock. They also dealt minor league center Henrik Samuelsson to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for left wing Mitch Moroz. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t expect the addition of Peters to affect the Stars’ current tandem of Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi. 

SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston reports Los Angeles Kings defenseman Tom Gilbert and Montreal Canadiens blueliner Mark Barberio were placed on waivers yesterday. 

NJ.COM: Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur and former NHL goalie Ty Conklin will share the St. Louis Blues’ goaltending coach duties for the remainder of the season.