NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 24, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 24, 2017

Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson celebrates his series-clinching overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Capitals and Senators advance to second round, Kings hire new coach & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Marcus Johansson scored twice, including the winner in overtime, to give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Capitals win the series in six games and will meet the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round. Braden Holtby made 37 saves for the Caps. Auston Matthews scored for the Leafs while goalie Frederik Andersen made 34 saves.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In what many observers felt would be an easy series for the heavily-favored Capitals, the upstart Leafs proved a handful for the Presidents’ Trophy winner. The rebuilding Leafs exceeded expectations, pushing five of the six games in this series to overtime. They have nothing to hang their heads over and will take away valuable lessons from this series. 

Clarke MacArthur’s power-play goal in overtime gave the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins to win their opening-round series in six games. MacArthur also drew the penalty on Bruins winger David Pastrnak that set the stage for his winner. Following the game, it was revealed Sens captain Erik Karlsson was playing with two hairline fractures in his foot. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was a hard-fought win for the Senators over the injury-depleted Bruins. For MacArthur, scoring that goal after missing almost the entire season to a concussion must have felt sweet. Same goes for Sens goalie Craig Anderson, who missed time during the season to be alongside his wife during her cancer treatments. Karlsson sometimes gets labeled as a soft player, but playing through that foot injury should silence those critics, especially considering his contributions to the Sens victory throughout this series. 

The NHL has released the schedule for the second round of the 2017 playoffs. It begins on Wednesday with the Nashville Predators opening their series with the St. Louis Blues and the Edmonton Oilers meeting the Ducks in Anaheim. 

Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau, Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund and St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko are the finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy, which honors the league’s most gentlemanly player. 

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: The Los Angeles Kings promoted former assistant coach John Stevens into the role of head coach. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets have opened preliminary contract talks with restricted free agent forward Alexander Wennberg and unrestricted free agent forward Sam Gagner.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 10, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 10, 2016

St. Louis Blues forward Robby Fabbri scores one of his two goals against the New Jersey Devils.

St. Louis Blues forward Robby Fabbri scores one of his two goals against the New Jersey Devils.

Game recaps, Isles re-sign Clutterbuck, Leafs trade Holland to Coyotes & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Robby Fabbri scored twice and Vladimir Tarasenko collected three assists to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. 

Brandon Dubinsky netted the game winner in the second period as the Columbus Blue Jackets rolled to their fifth straight victory by clipping the Detroit Red Wings 4-1. 

Eric Staal’s shootout goal gave the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. It was the Wild’s third straight win and fifth in their last eight games. 

Nick Holden scored in overtime while Antti Raanta turned in a 26-save shutout performance as the New York Rangers blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0. 

The Anaheim Ducks blew a two-goal lead but Hampus Lindholm’s tallied the winner in the third period to give them a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks. 

Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves backstopping the Washington Capitals to a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. 

The New York Islanders yesterday announced the re-signing of forward Cal Clutterbuck to a five-year contract extension. The deal is worth $17.5 million or an annual average value of $3.5 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a slight raise from the $2.75 million annual cap hit of his current deal. I’m not a fan of this signing, for reasons best explained by The Hockey News’ Jared Clinton. He believes, as I do, that this is a puzzling, big-money move by the Isles that could hurt them down the road.  

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs traded center Peter Holland on Friday to the Arizona Coyotes for a conditional draft pick in 2018. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs were shopping Holland, 25, for over two weeks. He no longer fit into their plans. The Coyotes needed depth at center after losing Brad Richardson a few weeks ago to a broken leg. This move could give Holland an opportunity to get his NHL career back on track. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators forward Chris Neil will play in his 1,000th career NHL game tonight against the Los Angeles Kings. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER:  Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. is no longer a member of the NHL’s executive committee. He and the late Ed Snider (former owner of the Philadelphia Flyers) were replaced by Winnipeg Jets owner Mark Chipman and Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson.

NBC SPORTS: Former NHL star Kevin Stevens pleaded guilty in a Boston court on Thursday to charges of conspiring with another man to sell oxycodone, a powerful opioid drug.