NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 12, 2017
Games recaps and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Patric Hornqvist scored a power-play goal and set up another as the Pittsburgh Penguins hung on for a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals. It was Hornqvist’s first game since undergoing hand surgery in the offseason. Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading eight goal for the Caps.
Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha each scored twice and Cory Schneider made 47 saves as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3, handing the latter their first loss of the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs outshot the Devils 50-31 but defensive breakdowns proved costly. The Devils, meanwhile, are 3-0-0 to open this season.
Matthew Tkachuk scored twice and Sean Monahan netted the winner in overtime to give the Calgary Flames a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Dustin Brown scored twice for the Kings in a losing cause. Jaromir Jagr made his debut with the Flames but was held off the score sheet.
Josh Gibson made 38 saves backstopping the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders. Brock Nelson tallied twice for the Isles.
Sven Andrighetto scored twice and Nail Yakupov had a two-point game as the Colorado Avalanche thumped the Boston Bruins 6-3.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yakupov has three goals and five points in his first four games of this season. After struggling for the past three seasons with the Edmonton Oilers and St. Louis Blues, the former first-overall draft pick looks comfortable with the Avalanche. He’s among the reasons they’ve won three of their first four games.
TWINCITIES.COM: Limited salary-cap space (around $200K) is preventing the Minnesota Wild from calling up a forward to complete their fourth line.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They could demote defenseman Mike Reilly as he’s exempt from waivers but they appear reluctant to do that right now.
ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes placed forward Brendan Perlini (upper body) on injured reserve and recalled forward Emerson Etem.
NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: The Flyers have demoted defenseman Samuel Morin.
THE TENNESSEAN: Former Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher is settling into life after retirement.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Only 7,892 fans showed up for the Carolina Hurricanes’ recent home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the fact the Hurricanes last made the playoffs in 2009, it’s unsurprising their attendance was that low for an early-season Tuesday night game. If they can become a legitimate playoff club this season, the fans will return.
THE DETROIT NEWS: A fan who tossed an octopus onto the ice during the Red Wings’ home opener at the new Little Caesars Arena will not be banned from returning.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The octopus toss is a 65-year-old tradition with the Red Wings. The fan was escorted from the building and received a misdemeanor fine.