NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 12, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 12, 2018

Capitals take opening game of the Eastern Conference Final, Leafs promote Kyle Dubas to GM. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM:  The Washington Capitals leaped to a 4-0 lead and held on for a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. Alex Ovechkin scored and picked up an assist while teammates Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie each collected two assists. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy was pulled before the third period after giving up four goals on 25 shots. 

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin led his club to a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals dominated the first two periods. With the score 1-0 late in the first period, the Lightning had a potentially game-tying goal by Nikita Kucherov overturned by a bench penalty for too many men on the ice. That penalty set the stage for Ovechkin’s goal. It’s worth noting, however, the Lightning had a much better effort in the third period. That’s the version we can expect to see in Game 2 tomorrow. 

TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs yesterday announced the promotion of assistant general manager Kyle Dubas into the GM role. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dubas’ promotion clouds the future of assistant GM Mark Hunter, who has more front-office experience. The move also sparked speculation over the effect upon the Leafs’ offseason roster decisions. I’ll touch on that later this morning in the Rumor section. 

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders have reportedly contacted former Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello regarding a possible front-office role. The club declined to comment. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Isles were linked to Lamoriello for several weeks now. It remains to be seen if they’re looking at replacing Garth Snow as general manager or if they intend to bring Lamoriello in as team president or a senior adviser. 

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets acquisition of Paul Stastny turned out to be the best move made by a playoff club at this year’s NHL trade deadline. Stastny’s become an integral part of the club’s march to the Western Conference Final. His postseason play could also burnish his value in this summer’s free-agent market. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Teams that lose out on John Tavares if he decides to test the UFA market will quickly zero in on Stastny as their “Plan B”.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL:  “Canadians aren’t happy about Carrie Underwood’s Knights fandom.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: You forgot to put the words “A few…” in front of Canadians in your headline. Most of us don’t give a damn.