Game recaps plus updates on Alexander Ovechkin, Kevin Shattenkirk, Dan Boyle and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL game recaps.

PHILLY.COM/CSNCHICAGO.COM: Michael Neuvirth made 30 saves for his second shutout in as many starts as he backstopped the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Sam Gagner, Claude Giroux and Matt Read scored for the Flyers, who capitalized on the Blackhawks’ sloppy defensive play, which included six penalties. Before the game, the Flyers honored former defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who played eight seasons in Philadelphia and was part of the Blackhawks 2015 Stanley Cup lineup. Timonen retired soon afterward.

Coyotes forward Anthony Duclair (right) celebrates one of his three goals against the Ducks.

Coyotes forward Anthony Duclair (right) celebrates one of his three goals against the Ducks.

THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC/THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anthony Duclair tallied his first career NHL hat trick while Mike Smith had a 37-save shutout to give the Arizona Coyotes a 4-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, lifting the Coyotes to their first 3-0 start since 2003-04. Goalie Anton Khudobin lasted only 13 minutes in his Anaheim Ducks debut, giving up two goals to Duclair and one to Max Domi.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes enjoyed a surprisingly strong opening week, beating the LA Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins prior to shutting out the Ducks. Three of their promising youngsters (Duclair, Domi and Tobias Rieder) are among their top-five scorers thus far. 

BOSTON HERALD/THE DENVER POST: The Boston Bruins lit up Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov for five goals on 19 shots on route to a 6-2 victory, snapping a three-game losing streak. Jimmy Hayes led the way for the Bruins with a goal and three assists.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Is it me, or are the Avalanche showing very little improvement in their defensive game compared to last season? Granted, Varlamov had a horrible performance in this game, but what I saw of it, the Avs still look sloppy in their own zone.


Notable headlines. 

CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin missed his club’s recent game against the San Jose Sharks as punishment for oversleeping and missing the club’s morning practice.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was an honest oversight by Ovechkin (setting the wrong time on his clock) which many of us have done. It’s not like the Capitals captain has a history of blowing off practices, nor was this prima donna behavior on his part. Still, coach Barry Trotz had to punish his star or it would looking hypocritical if he tried to discipline a lesser player for the same infraction in the future. 

STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (lower-body injury) won’t be suiting up for tonight’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.

NEW YORK POST: Defenseman Dan Boyle continues to struggle fitting in with the Rangers.

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings expect to welcome back sidelined forward Darren Helm and defenseman Danny DeKeyser by Saturday.

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak (upper-body injury) may be close to returning to action.

DENNIK:  Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky will give a press conference next week to announce if he’ll continue his playing career in the NHL or Europe. Visnovsky is also among a growing group of Slovak players threatening to boycott the national team unless its current president resigns.

TSN: A senior NHL lawyer reportedly told league commissioner Gary Bettman not to put an emphasis on exploring the alleged link between concussions and long-term brain injuries among retired NHL players, suggesting that should be left to the NFL.