NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 18, 2021

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 18, 2021

The Bruins tied their series with the Capitals, the Avalanche and Hurricanes draw first blood in their respective series, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

GAME RECAPS

NHL.COM: Brad Marchand’s goal 39 seconds into overtime lifted the Boston Bruins over the Washington Capitals 4-3 to even their best-of-seven first-round series at one game apiece. Boston winger Taylor Hall scored the tying goal late in the third period to send the game into the extra frame. Garnet Hathaway scored twice for Washington, who got a 44-save performance from goaltender Craig Anderson. Capitals center Lars Eller left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Questionable officiating saw this game deteriorate into a sloppy contest. Game 3 goes Wednesday evening in Boston.

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (NHL Images)

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon scored twice and set up another in a series-opening 4-1 victory against the St. Louis Blues. Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and two assists as the Avalanche broke the game open with three goals in the third period. Jordan Binnington kicked out 46 shots for the Blues.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Binnington was the only reason this game was tied through two periods before the Avs blew it open in the final frame. This series will end quickly if he doesn’t get more help from his teammates. Games 2 is on Wednesday evening.

The Carolina Hurricanes got two goals from captain Jordan Staal to defeat the Nashville Predators 5-2 in Game 1 of their first-round series. Nino Niederreiter tallied the game-winner by snapping a 2-2 tie early in the third period. Juuse Saros turned aside 33 shots for the Predators.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Predators defeated the Hurricanes in the final two games of the season but the latter took six of eight in their regular-season series. The Canes dominated the play through the final two periods of this one. The two sides face off again in Game 2 on Wednesday.

HEADLINES

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price and winger Brendan Gallagher played in the Laval Rocket’s 2-0 loss to the Toronto Marlies last night. Price and Gallagher were on a long-term injury conditioning stint with the Habs’ farm club before their opening-round series against the Maple Leafs. Price allowed two goals on 15 shots while Gallagher had two shots on goal and a double-minor penalty for high-sticking.

ESPN.COM: The NHL department of player discipline handed a one-game suspension to Florida Panthers forward Sam Bennett for boarding Tampa Bay Lightning forward Blake Coleman in Game 1 of their series on Sunday.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs promoted Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser to senior director of player development and Danielle Goyette has joined the department as a director.

Speaking of the Leafs, TSN’s Kristen Shilton reports defenseman Ben Hutton has a non-COVID, non-hockey-related medical issue that is being monitored by the team.

NEW YORK POST: ESPN hired Leah Hextall as the first woman to do play-by-play as a regular part of a national NHL TV package. She did play-by-play of an NHL game last season for Sportsnet.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hextall previously worked for CTV Winnipeg, NESN and Sportsnet. Hockey runs in her family. She’s a cousin of Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ron Hextall and her grandfather was Hall of Famer Bryan Hextall. 

AWFUL ANNOUNCING: Veteran NHL reporter Frank Seravalli has decided to leave TSN after six seasons. Speculation suggests he might join ESPN or Turner Sports ahead of their coverage of the NHL starting next season.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators have offered up Canadian Tire Centre to the city and the province of Ontario as a mass vaccination site.

TSN: A civil lawsuit has been filed against Vancouver Canucks winger Jake Virtanen alleging he sexually assaulted a young woman in 2017.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: A lawyer representing a former Chicago Blackhawks player in a sexual assault lawsuit against the team intends to call a former teammate to the stand as a witness in the case.

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars signed forward Tanner Kero to a two-year, two-way contract.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 19, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 19, 2019

The Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2019 is officially inducted, the three stars of the week, Cory Schneider on waivers, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The six newest members of the Hockey Hall of Fame were officially inducted on Monday night in Toronto. Entering the Hall are former NHL stars Sergei Zubov and Guy Carbonneau, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford, hockey pioneers Hayley Wickenheiser and Vaclav Nedomansky, and Boston College coach Jerry York.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to the Class of 2019. I was touched by Wickenheiser’s induction speech in which she spoke of the difficulties and resistance she overcame as a girl playing hockey in the 1980s. She remains a role model for thousands of aspiring female hockey players.

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson collected two points in a 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks (Photo via NHL Images).

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson extended his points streak to seven games with two assists in a 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin tallied his 15th goal of the season. Washington winger Garnet Hathaway could face supplemental discipline after being ejected for spitting on Ducks defenseman Erik Gudbranson following their on-ice scrap.

Antti Raanta turned in a 31-save shutout as the Arizona Coyotes downed the Los Angeles Kings 3-0. Conor Garland tallied his team-leading 10th goal of the season and added an assist.

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, and Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle are the NHL stars for the week ending Nov.17, 2019.

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed goaltender Cory Schneider on waivers and recalled Louis Domingue. Given his $6 million annual salary-cap hit on a contract that runs through 2021-22, it’s unlikely anyone will claim him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Devils will get very little salary-cap relief with this move. They’re painting this as a way for Schneider to see more playing time and regain his once-stellar form. He’s been hampered by injuries in recent years, taking a toll on his performance.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres winger Kyle Okposo has suffered his fourth concussion since joining the club in 2016 and his second in this calendar year. The club also announced Tage Thompson is sidelined three-to-five weeks with an upper-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The report reminds us Okposo was hospitalized in 2017 due to post-concussion symptoms and reaction to medication. Given the frequency of his head trauma, it might be time to seriously consider retirement. Here’s hoping he makes a quick recovery from his latest injury.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens will be without two key forwards for a lengthy period. Jonathan Drouin underwent wrist surgery while Paul Byron will require knee surgery. Drouin’s agent claims his client will be sidelined eight weeks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens will feel their absence. Drouin was off to his best start since joining the Habs in 2017 with 15 points in 19 games. Byron, meanwhile, is among their best-skilled two-way forwards.

SPORTING NEWS: Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Calvert is sidelined indefinitely with an upper-body injury. He’s undergoing concussion protocol since being struck in the head by a shot from Vancouver’s Elias Pettersson on Saturday. He has not yet been diagnosed with a concussion.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 24, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 24, 2018

Maple Leafs add Hayley Wickenheiser to their front office, plus the latest on Kyle Okposo, Jason Chimera and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

TSN: The Toronto Maple Leafs yesterday announced Hayley Wickenheiser was hired as their new assistant director of player personnel.  Wickenheiser is a four-time gold medalist with Canada’s women’s Olympic hockey team. Former Leafs defenseman Stephane Robidas takes over as director of player personnel. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A member of the Order of Canada, Wickenheiser is a trailblazer and among the most respected players in Canadian hockey. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Leafs. 

Buffalo Sabres winger Kyle Okposo hopes to return to his 50-point form in 2018-19 (Photo via NHL Images)

  WGR 550: Having recently turned 30, Buffalo Sabres winger Kyle Okposo is hoping to rebound from last season’s 44-point effort.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Okposo’s had a rough couple of seasons, including a health scare in 2017. At 30, he’s at the stage in his career where performance decline becomes inevitable but he’s hoping to defy the odds this season. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL’s Jim Matheson reports veteran NHL forward Jason Chimera, 40, remains without a contract as training camp approaches. He’s uncertain if he’ll accept a professional tryout offer.  

SPECTOR’S NOTE: At this stage in Chimera’s career, he might not have much choice if he wants to continue playing in the NHL. 

VANCOUVER SUN: With a bloated training camp roster, it’s unlikely the Canucks will be going the PTO route. 

NORTH JERSEY.COM: Former NHL defenseman Ryan Parent has joined the coaching staff of the New Jersey Devils’ AHL affiliate in Binghamton.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens alumni will play a charity game against Our Nation’s Heroes, a team consisting of soldiers, veterans and first responders on Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Leon’s Centre in Kingston. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 14, 2017



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 14, 2017

Martin St. Louis and his family watch as his number 26 is retired by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

 Game recaps,  Avalanche and Predators make a trade & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves in his season debut to backstop the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Prior to the game, the Lightning honored Martin St. Louis by retiring his number 26. St. Louis spent 13 seasons with the Bolts, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2004. He’s also a three-time winner of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, a two-time winner of the Art Ross Trophy and won the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Lester Pearson Award in 2004.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In my opinion, St. Louis is the greatest player in Lightning history and a future Hall of Famer.  

John Tavares tallied a hat trick and collected his 500th NHL point to lead the New York Islanders to a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. Isles defenseman Nick Leddy had a three-point game, netting a goal and two assists. 

Jeff Skinner had a three-point game (two goals, one assist) and Cam Ward made 36 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes downed the Buffalo Sabres 5-2. 

Braden Holtby made 24 saves for his league-leading sixth shutout as the Washington Capitals blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 6-0. Jay Beagle scored twice and Tom Wilson had a three-point night. 

Frederik Andersen made 34 saves while Mitch Marner and Tyler Bozak each collected two assists to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers. 

Brendan Perlini scored twice while Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Radim Vrbata each collected three assists as the Arizona Coyotes edged the Winnipeg Jets 4-3. 

Keith Kinkaid turned in a 31-save performance and Taylor Hall tallied the game-winner as the New Jersey Devils held on for a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames, snapping a four-game losing skid. 

THE DENVER POST:  The Colorado Avalanche traded fourth-line winger Cody McLeod to the Nashville Predators in exchange for minor-league center Felix Girard. McLeod is under contract through next season at an annual average value of $1.33 million, but the Avs will retain 40 percent of that salary-cap hit. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The roster shakeup has begun for the floundering Avalanche. Expect more deals by the Avs to come before the March 1 trade deadline. Most will likely involve pending unrestricted free agents such as Jarome Iginla and Fedor Tyutin. It’s also possible a core player, such as Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog, could be moved. 

CSNPHILLY.COM:  The Philadelphia Flyers activated defenseman Mark Streit off injured reserve and placed center Boyd Gordon on waivers in order to clear sufficient salary-cap space for Streit’s return. 

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators placed defenseman Roman Josi and forward Colin Wilson on injured reserve. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo (broken right wrist) will be sidelined approximately two months. 

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Roy MacGregor has the story of Len Boogaard, the father of late NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard, who is trying to eliminate fighting from hockey. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whether you believe fighting belongs in hockey or not, Len Boogaard’s story is one that should be read by everyone on both sides of this issue. 

SPORTSNET:  Four-time Olympic champion and seven-time World Champion Hayley Wickenheiser yesterday announced her retirement. Wickenheiser is an icon of women’s hockey and played a significant role in growing the sport of women’s hockey. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Wickenheiser is also a shoo-in for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Hopefully, she won’t have to wait very long for that honor.