NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 20, 2017
Penguins square the Eastern Conference Final with Senators, Ryan Johansen done for the playoffs & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist and Matt Murray made 24 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins held on for a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators in Game 4 of the 2017 Eastern Conference.
Olli Maatta and Brian Dumoulin also tallied for the Penguins, while Clarke MacArthur and Tom Pyatt replied for the Senators. The series returns to Pittsburgh on Sunday tied at two games apiece.
The victory cost the Penguins another defenseman as Chad Ruhwedel left the game with a concussion. He’ll receive additional assessment back in Pittsburgh.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins proved they still had something left in the tank following their 5-1 blowout loss in Game 3. This was a big win for them, turning this series into a best-of-three while holding home-ice advantage over the remainder of this series.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen suffered a season-ending left thigh injury during Game 3 against the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Final. Johansen underwent emergency surgery and requires two-three months to recover. The injury may have stemmed from a collision with Ducks defenseman Josh Manson in the second period.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Losing Johansen is a serious blow to the Predators’ offense. He’s their first-line center and their leading scorer with 13 points in 14 games. Replacing that offense will be difficult.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Mark Whicker profiles the rise of Cam Fowler as the Ducks top defenseman.
CSN BAY AREA: San Jose Sharks winger Joel Ward recently underwent shoulder surgery and is expected to be ready for next season.
NBC SPORTS: The NHL released the schedule for the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. Game One is slated for May 29 and Game Seven (if necessary) will be held on June 14.
TSN: Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the NHL concussion lawsuit wants the league and the 30 teams to produce records related to administration of drugs.
PHILLY.COM: The city of Philadelphia renamed part of 11th Street to Ed Snider Way in honor of the late Flyers owner.