Game recaps, plus updates on Rick Nash, Jaromir Jagr, Steve Mason and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS/NJ.COM: Shootout goals by Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils, marking their fourth straight victory. The Sharks were playing without forward Logan Couture, who will miss four-to-six weeks following surgery to repair a fractured right fibula. Devils forward Adam Henrique snapped Sharks goalie Martin Jones’ shutout streak at a franchise-record 234 minutes and 33 seconds. The Devils collected their first point of the season.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER/DETROIT FREE PRESS: Call-up Brock McGinn tallied his first NHL goal on his first shift (55 seconds into the game) while linemates Eric Staal and Kris Versteeg each netted a goal and two assists to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan and Teemu Pulkkinen replied for the Wings.
THE DENVER POST/THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Backup Reto Berra made 35 saves to backstop the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-0 shutout of the Anaheim Ducks. Nathan MacKinnon’s early goal proved to be the game winner over the struggling Ducks, who remain winless (0-3-1) to open the season.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/TWINCITIES.COM: Anze Kopitar scored in overtime to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. It’s the first win of the season for the Kings, snapping the Wild’s winning streak at three. Wild backup Darcy Kuemper made 36 saves in a losing cause.
Notable NHL headlines.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rick Nash headlines a key group of Rangers struggling through season-opening scoring droughts.
MIAMI HERALD: The ageless Jaromir Jagr is off to a hot start to this season, with four goals in his first four games. It took 23 games for him to reach that total last season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Last season, Jagr was playing for the offensively anemic New Jersey Devils. This season, he’s skating with rising young stars Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau. He’s helped bring out the best in those youngsters.
PHILLY.COM: Goaltender Steve Mason has returned to the Flyers after taking some time to attend to an unspecified family medical emergency.
NHL.COM: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Nikita Nesterov has been suspended two games for a dangerous hit on Dallas’ Curtis McKenzie.
TSN: Former NHL coach Mike Keenan could be part of Team Russia’s coaching staff in future tournaments.
CBS SPORTS: Todd McLellan has been named coach of Team North America at next year’s World Cup of Hockey.