NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 12, 2018
Game recaps, Sidney Crosby reaches a scoring milestone, Jack Eichel sidelined and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby picked up his 400th career NHL goal as he led his club to a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Crosby, who tallied twice, became the 95th player in league history to reach that milestone.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a significant achievement by Crosby, but he’s got a long way to go to crack the top-50 all-time goal scorers. Indeed, very few active players rank among the all-time scoring leaders.
After missing three games with concussion symptoms, New York Rangers winger Jimmy Vesey returned to action and scored the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Earlier in the day, the Rangers announced backup goalie Ondrej Pavelec (strained MCL) will miss two to three weeks.
Tomas Tatar scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the Detroit Red Wings edged the Washington Capitals 5-4. The Wings blew a 4-1 lead in the third period as the Capitals stormed back on goals by Brett Connolly, Dmitry Orlov and Nicklas Backstrom to force the extra frame.
Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves and Reid Boucher scored twice as the Vancouver Canucks shut out the Dallas Stars 6-0. Canucks forward Jake Virtanen scored and added an assist.
Colin Wilson had a goal and an assist as the Colorado Avalanche held off the Buffalo Sabres 5-4. Ryan O’Reilly scored and set up two others for the Sabres, who announced earlier in the day that center Jack Eichel is sidelined indefinitely by a high-ankle sprain.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been a horrible season for the Sabres. Losing their best player indefinitely is the cherry on the shit sundae.
Two shorthanded goals and a power-play tally gave the Boston Bruins a 5-3 win over the struggling New Jersey Devils, who’ve dropped four in a row. Bruins blueliner Torey Krug scored one of the shorthanded tallies and potting the goal with the man advantage.
Matthew Tkachuk scored two third-period goals as the Calgary Flames nipped the New York Islanders 3-2. Their win, however, was overshadowed by a groin injury suffered by goaltender Mike Smith in the dying seconds of the game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Smith was writhing in pain and had to be helped from the ice. No word yet on how long he could be sidelined but it doesn’t look good.
A three-point performance by Sean Couturier powered the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights, giving the Flyers their fourth consecutive win. Backup Michal Neuvirth made 38 saves for Philadelphia.
Shootout goals by Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture gave the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Couture also had a goal and an assist during regulation play.
Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Brown received a one-game suspension for kneeing Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev on Saturday.