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 – October 24, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 24, 2017

Game recaps, stars of the week, waiver updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Frederik Andersen made 36 saves, Mitch Marner collected two assists and Patrick Marleau scored the game winner as the Toronto Maple Leafs hung on for a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings, handing the latter their first regulation loss. 

Martin Jones stopped 33 shots and Logan Couture had a goal and an assists to give the San Jose Sharks a 4-1 victory over the struggling New York Rangers. 

Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov are the top two NHL stars for the week ending Oct. 22. San Jose’s Logan Couture was the third start. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said he’s not concerned about his contract status. He acknowledged his off-season interview suggesting he might not re-sign with the Kings if they’re not contenders raised eyebrows but insists he wants to stay in Los Angeles. Doughty become eligible in July 2019 for unrestricted free agency. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Kings continue playing as well over the next two years as well as they haveover the last two weeks, that should provide sufficient motivation for Doughty to re-sign. Dollars, rather than the club’s performance, is likely to be a  sticking point in Doughty’s eventual contract negotiations. The Kings already have over $56 million invested in 12 players for 2019-20 and it could cost around $10 million per season to re-sign him. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks winger Patrick Eaves has been diagnosed with what is suspected to be Guillain–Barré syndrome, “a neurological disorder where the immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system.” He’s been released from ICU, is resting in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. There’s no timetable for his return. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Eaves makes a swift recovery and returns to action soon.

THE ATHLETIC: Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise is expected to undergo back surgery today to repair a herniated disk and could be sidelined for up to two months. He’s been plagued by the condition since the 2015-16 season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is another hit to the Wild’s injury-depleted forward lines. Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter are also on injured reserve while Mikael Granlund is listed as day-to-day. 

NBC SPORTS: The Calgary Flames placed Jaromir Jagr on IR with a lower-body injury. However, he’s expected to return to action for Sunday’s game against Washington. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets center Lukas Sedlak is expected to miss up to six weeks with an ankle injury. 

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky could miss some time with an upper-body injury. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins placed goaltender Antti Niemi on waivers and center Carter Rowney (hand injury) on IR.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Brought in as a backup goalie this season, Niemi gave up 16 goals in three starts.  He’s expected to clear waivers and be demoted  as Casey DeSmith has been called up from their AHL affiliate. 

SPORTSNET: The Toronto Maple Leafs placed forward Eric Fehr on waivers. 

Former NHL center John Mitchell signed with the DEL’s Nurnberg Ice Tigers.