Game recaps, plus updates on Derek Stepan, Victor Hedman, Tyler Johnson, Ryan Suter, Braydon Coburn, Tanner Pearson and more in your NHL Morning Coffee Headlines.
NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders shut out the New York Rangers 3-0, marking the first time they’ve done so at Madison Square Garden since 1975. Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves for the victory. The Rangers also lost center Derek Stepan, who left the game after receiving an unpenalized slash on the hand from Islanders forward Matt Martin. No further word on Stepan’s status.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings call-up Petr Mrazek made 25 saves in his first start since Jimmy Howard was sidelined by a groin injury to backstop his club to a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Before the game, the Sabres honoured Hall-of-Fame goalie Dominik Hasek by retiring his number. Hasek played for the Sabres from 1992 to 2001, where he enjoyed his greatest seasons.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Rookie David Pastrnak enjoyed his second two-goal game to lift the Bruins to a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, who could see sidelined defenseman Victor Hedman and center Tyler Johnson back in the lineup later this week.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins also have to decide if they’ll keep Pastrnak in the lineup or demote him for the rest of the season. By keeping him in the lineup, he’ll burn off the first year of his entry-level contract, but since he joined the club the Bruins have won four straight. Pastrnak could be that missing piece they’ve sought via trade this season. Seems a no-brainer to me.
TRIBLIVE.COM: A five-goal third period lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 7-2 beatdown of the hapless Minnesota Wild. Penguins forward Steve Downie was forced from the game after taking an elbow to the head from Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, who apologized for his actions following the game. There’s been no further word on Downie’s status.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Shootout goals by Victor Rask and Elias Lindholm allowed the Carolina Hurricanes to squeak past the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 3-2.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Antti Niemi made 27 saves and Brenden Dillon popped the game winner to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn is out four weeks with a suspected fracture in his left foot.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings winger Tanner Pearson could miss up to three months after surgery to repair his broken left leg.
NBC SPORTS: The Nashville Predators have placed center Mark Arcobello on waivers less than three weeks after acquiring him via trade from the Edmonton Oilers.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Former New Jersey Devils player Jim Dowd is accused of allegedly assaulting a high-school player in an incident last week.