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.
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.