NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 20, 2017
Game recaps, injury updates and Kings sign two players. Details in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Making his season debut after returning from a lower-body injury, Patrice Bergeron wasted no time making an immediate impact upon the Boston Bruins. Bergeron had a goal and three assists to lead his club to a 6-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
However, the win was costly for the Bruins, as center David Krejci (back spasms) and defenseman Adam McQuaid (leg) left the game with injuries. Earlier in the day, the Bruins learned starting goalie Tuukka Rask was sidelined indefinitely with a concussion.
Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves and John Tavares netted the winner in a shootout as the New York Islanders edged the struggling New York Rangers 4-3. It was the Rangers fifth consecutive loss, pushing their record to 1-5-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a better effort from the Rangers but that’s cold comfort for a club with only one win in its first eight games. Coach Alain Vigneault is constantly juggling his lineup in hopes of improving their play at both ends of the ice. So far, he’s got little to show for it.
Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy kicked out 43 shots and rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev tallied his first two NHL goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning shut out the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-0. Bolts winger Nikita Kucherov saw his goal-scoring streak snapped at seven games but he did set up both of Sergachev’s goals.
Connor McDavid had two assists and Mark Letestu scored in overtime as the Edmonton Oilers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Rookie center Nico Hischier scored his first two NHL goals and John Moore tallied in overtime as the New Jersey Devils edged the Ottawa Senators 5-4. The win proved costly for the Devils as starting goalie Cory Schneider left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Devils are among the pleasant early-season surprises. However, they could face their first real test of adversity if Schneider is sidelined for a lengthy period.
Netminder Pekka Rinne turned in a 28-save shutout effort and Colton Sissons got the only goal as the Nashville Predators blanked the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0. Earlier in the day, the Flyers unveiled a statue of their late chairman Ed Snider outside Wells Fargo Arena. Snider passed away in April 2016.
Jeff Skinner scored twice and Scott Darling made 25 saves to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames. Sean Monahan scored the only goal for the Flames.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Flames winger Jaromir Jagr came very close to scoring two goals in this game. It seems like only a matter of time until he starts cashing in.
Paul Statsny had a goal and an assist as the St. Louis Blues edged the Colorado Avalanche 4-3, handing the latter their third straight loss. Rookie Alexander Kerfoot scored twice and set up another for the Avs, who lost three players (J.T. Compher, Tyson Jost and Patrik Nemeth) to injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avalanche bolted from the gate with a 4-1-0 record but they’ve been struggling over the last three games.
Tyler Seguin scored twice in the third period to lead the Dallas Stars to a 5-4 win over the Arizona Coyotes. The ‘Yotes remain the only team still winless this season, while the Stars picked up their third straight victory.
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Kings forward Jeff Carter is sidelined indefinitely following surgery to repair a cut to his left leg suffered during Wednesday’s game against Montreal. As a result, they signed forward Brooks Laich to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650K at the NHL level. They also signed defenseman Derek Forbort to a two-year contract extension worth $2.525 million annually.