President Obama honors the Blackhawks for their third Stanley Cup title, another milestone for Jaromir Jagr and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
President Barack Obama honored his hometown Chicago Blackhawks for their third Stanley Cup victory in six years on Thursday. The Capitals edged the Islanders in overtime, and more in your NHL Hat Trick.
Notable NHL Headlines.
NBC SPORTS: Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr became only the fourth player in NHL history to score a goal at age 44 during his club’s 2-1 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks. Jagr joins Hall of Famers Gordie Howe, Chris Chelios and Doug Harvey in achieving that mark.
The goal was also Jagr’s 740th, putting him one behind Brett Hull for third on the all-time goal-scoring list. Jagr is also likely to become the most prolific NHL scorer at age 44 and possibly beyond. Howe tallied 15 NHL goals beyond age 44, Chelios five and Harvey only one.
EDMONTON SUN: Despite missing 37 games to a broken clavicle, Oilers rookie Connor McDavid is playing his way back into the Calder Trophy discussion.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Had McDavid not missed so much time, he’d probably be the runaway winner of the Calder this season. As it stands, either Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks or Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings will be named rookie of the year, but McDavid’s dazzling play since his return bodes well for next season.
SPORTSNET: A report out of Calgary claims negotiations may have begun that could earn winger Johnny Gaudreau the biggest contract in Flames history.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gaudreau’s performance is certainly worthy of it. In an otherwise miserable season for the Flames, Johnny Hockey is among the NHL’s top-10 scorers and has established himself as a superstar.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings center Anze Kopitar left yesterday’s game against the St. Louis Blues in the first period after suffering an undisclosed injury and didn’t return. No update yet from the club as to his status.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs winger Leo Komarov received a match penalty for a cheap show elbow to the head of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh. Komarov could face additional discipline for the hit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was a targeted hit by Komarov from McDonagh’s blind side. The Rangers captain only recently returned from a concussion and was forced from this game because of that hit. Komarov likely faces a suspension.
CBS SPORTS: Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice was ejected after criticizing the on-ice officials during his club’s shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
NEWSDAY: Good news for the New York Islanders, as defenseman Calvin de Haan (lower-body injury) could soon return to the lineup.
PHILLY.COM: The recent spate of cheapshots by Flyers enforcer Radko Gudas isn’t serving his club well.
CALGARY SUN: Linesman Don Henderson is still dealing with concussion symptoms weeks after he was leveled by Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman, who is appealing a 20-game suspension for the hit.
USA TODAY: Hockey Week in America begins today, and Kevin Allen has five reasons why it should be celebrated.