NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 19, 2016

by | Oct 19, 2016 | News, NHL | 14 comments

Marian Hossa is saluted by Chicago Blackhawks fans for scoring his 500th career NHL goal.

Marian Hossa is saluted by Chicago Blackhawks fans for scoring his 500th career NHL goal.

Notable game highlights and much more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.

NHL.COM: Marian Hossa sniped his 500th career NHL goal in the Chicago Blackhawks 7-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Artemi Panarin also scored twice for the Blackhawks, who blew a 4-0 lead but but finished strong to pick up the victory.  

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hossa is the 44th player in NHL history to tally 500 goals. 

Steven Stamkos game-tying goal set the stage for Brayden Point’s shootout winner as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Florida Panthers 4-3.

Henrik Sedin’s overtime goal gave the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. The Canucks are unbeaten in their first three games of this season (3-0-0). 

Taylor Hall scored twice to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 win over the struggling Anaheim Ducks.

T.J. Oshie’s two goals helped the Washington Capitals blank the Colorado Avalanche 3-0.  

Al Montoya made 36 saves backstopping the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-0 shutout of the Pittsburgh Penguins. David Desharnais scored twice for the Habs. 

Sean Monahan scored in overtime and Matthew Tkachuk netted his first NHL goal to lift the Calgary Flames to a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. 

Joe Pavelski’s late goal lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders. 

Jason Pominville and Erik Haula collected a goal and an assist as the Minnesota Wild doubled up the Los Angeles Kings 6-3.

Jason Spezza netted the game winner as the Dallas Stars nipped the Nashville Predators 2-1.

Tom Pyatt, Mark Stone and Chris Kelly each had a goal and an assist to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 7-4 drubbing of the Arizona Coyotes, who also lost goalie Mike Smith to an apparent left leg injury.

Cam Talbot made 31 saves to give the Edmonton Oilers a 3-2 victory over the winless Carolina Hurricanes. 

TSN: Darren Dreger reports unrestricted free agent defenseman James Wisniewski is close to signing with KHL team Barys Astana.

OTTAWA SUN: Attendance is noticeably down for the Senators early home games this season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Could be because Sens fans have low expectations for the club this season. After showing some promise in recent seasons, the Sens barely made the playoffs in 2015 and missed the cut last season. 

NEWSDAY:  The New York Islanders and Barclays Center are working to improve the fan and player experience in the Isles new home.

TORONTO SUN:  Children under two no longer need a ticket to attend special NHL events, such as Sunday’s Heritage Classic game in Winnipeg. 

ESPN.COM:  A fan angered at the Montreal Canadiens for trading P.K. Subban to Nashville is donating $250,000 to P.K.’s Helping Hand Fund at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. He’s the same fan who spent $25K on a full-page ad in the Montreal Gazette condemning the Subban trade. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Donating to P.K.’s charity fund is a much better use of his money.

THE BOSTON GLOBE: Fifty years ago this week, Bobby Orr made his NHL debut. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yet another reason for those of us of a certain age to feel old. 


  1. Just over 11,000 for the Sens last evening, following less than sell-outs for the Leafs and Habs who, in the past, ensured full-houses, is a clear indication that the fan-base is becoming increasingly fed up with the lack of effort – and willingness to spend – in the search for improvements at the bottom end of the defense.

    Fans in this area have never been afraid to show their displeasure with local pro sports franchises by keeping their asses out of the seats if what they see is evidence of empty rhetoric – something they’ve heard at the end of every season from Melnyk. And please, spare me the “budget team” crapola.

    • I wonder if the hiring of Boucher could play apart in this as well, on some level I think he will always be associated with Tampa using the 1-3-1 and not sending the lead guy in to the offensive zone without possession (Flyers lightning). It’s boring hockey there was reasons for it in Tampa no doubt but sometimes it’s difficult to shake off impressions and that one could be difficult in a market like Ottawa. (Don’t take it the wrong way I think Boucher will do a good job and is a good coach, but style wise I’m not sure it’s a sexy style of game to play and until it starts to pay off I’m not sure there will be many sell outs.

      • And it’s nice to see the NHL must read this site and have re evaluated their business and marketing plan after reading your comments when it comes to selling tickets to babies George. Funny how common sense works.

      • Nothing to do with Boucher just the team never improving and arena location

      • Location of the arena? Never seemed to be an issue when they were selling out it’s been there for 20 years. Not saying Boucher is the reason, saying it could be that that type of hockey doesn’t help.

      • Never been an issue? Where have you been

      • Well, not too sure about the “boring” part as they have scored 17 goals, tied with Edm for the league lead. And they are still giving up a lot of shots – and that’s a reflection of either F not doing enough back-checking or their D maybe coughing up the puck too often.

      • At a lot of Sens games where attendance hasn’t been an issue

      • The sens games have been nothing but exciting no defense all Offense don’t know where the ” boring” factors in?

      • I live in Ottawa on the other side of town (in orleans) and can tell you that the location of the arena isn’t an issue at all.
        I can’t imagine they trying to cram it anywhere else in the city.

      • I think some may have an issue with comprehending with what I am saying, maybe it was the way I put it. It’s not Boucher or the style of play but perhaps the impression of him and the style of game he plays…let’s face it the Coyotes are not a big draw what ever town they are in so I wouldn’t be to worried about last nights 11 and change but the impression of Bouchers style coupled with the recent history of success could be (just maybe)
        why it’s been a tough draw. It’s not the placement of the arena, which has been able to draw pretty decent attendance in the past 20 years lol

      • Pretty sure if the Sens were a cup contender the arena being located in Kanata, ( South eastern Ontario) 15 mins from Ottawa 1.25 mill pop (an hour from Kingston pop 275k Gananaque 50k Brockville 125k Cornwall 150k… ) wouldn’t be an issue in selling tickets, it’s an area with a population of close to 2 million people… don’t think people in Oshawa, Ajax Pickering Whitby go to Leafs games?

    • Don’t feel bad George. Barclays has less than 11 thousand last night to see SJ play NYI.

      They are a budget team but like you I wish they would have added at least 3 players. A player capable of stepping up into McArthur’s spot when necessary which we all assumed would be forthcoming & 2 Dman. Smith is contributing as the #2 LW & Dzingel’s play has shocked me.

      I didn’t get to see Chabot play last night. I was flipping all over the place & never watched any of the Ottawa game but the box scores didn’t look favorable. 7 mins, minus 2.

      I did watch almost all of the Chi/Phi game. Provorov look like a pylon all night. How did he end up with over 21 mins on ice time? He was terrible & he just kept getting sent back out there.

      • I don’t feel “bad” for millionaires perhaps not taking in as much as they’d like, not when people in the area are losing their homes and some can’t even feed themselves properly due to the constantly-rising hydro costs courtesy of that moron at Queen’s Park1