NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 21, 2016

by | Oct 21, 2016 | News, NHL | 10 comments

Florida Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr celebrates his 750th NHL goal.

Florida Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr celebrates his 750th NHL goal.

Another milestone for Jaromir Jagr, notable game recaps, injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Florida Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr became only the third player in NHL history to score 750 career goals in his club’s 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals. Alex Ovechkin tallied the game winner for the Capitals, while teammate Daniel Winnik lost a small piece of his ear whilst blocked a shot. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another impressive achievement for Jagr, who sits behind only Gordie Howe (801 goals) and Wayne Gretzky (894) on the all-time list. As for Winnik, his injury isn’t expected to leave him sidelined for long. 

Third period goals by Evgeni Malkin, Scott Wilson and Patric Hornqvist gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks. This was the first game between the two clubs since the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.

Carey Price made his first start of the season, stopping 27 shots to backstop the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Shea Weber scored his first goal as a Hab. 

Patrice Bergeron also played his first game of the season, tallying the winner to lift the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

St. Louis Blues winger Nail Yakupov scored against his former team, but the Edmonton Oilers won the game 3-1 thanks to a goal and an assist by Connor McDavid and a 33-save effort from Cam Talbot. 

The Vancouver Canucks collected their fourth straight win by edging the Buffalo Sabres 2-1.

Eric Staal scored twice as the Minnesota Wild rallied to down the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2. Rookie Auston Matthews scored for the Leafs, who’ve had difficulty holding on to leads so far this season.

Matt Duchene scored twice and Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves as the Colorado Avalanche blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0. 

Alec Martinez’s overtime goal gave the Los Angeles Kings a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars. 

The Carolina Hurricanes got their first win of the season, doubling up the Calgary Flames 4-2. 

The Anaheim Ducks spoiled the Philadelphia Flyers home opener with a 3-2 victory. 

TSN:  The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed goaltender Matt Murray to a three-year, $11.25 million contract extension yesterday. The annual cap hit is $3.75 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An affordable and reasonable deal for Murray, who is in the final season of his entry-level contract. The youngster rose to prominence last season by replacing sidelined starter Marc-Andre Fleury and backstopping the Penguins to the 2016 Stanley Cup championship. His re-signing only stokes speculation Fleury could be dealt later this season, but that’s not a certainty. I’ll have more later today in my Rumors section. 

ESPN.COM: Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa will miss tonight’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets with a lower-body injury. Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell could become a healthy scratch for the first time since 2011. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes goalie Mike Smith has returned to Phoenix for further evaluation of his lower-body injury, believed to be his left leg. He remains listed as day-to-day. 

NEWSDAY:  New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. 

TVA SPORTS:  Montreal Canadiens defenseman Zach Redmond is sidelined six weeks with a broken foot. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets placed defenseman Cody Goloubef on waivers.



  1. 27 shots against last night, the Leafs currently sit 15th in the NHL avg less than 30 shots a game against (not terribl D) and another 3 goals against… 21st in sv% & gaa

    • When I heard about the Andersen trade, my first comment was, oh nooooo what are you doing Lou. Now that we gave up a 1st and a 2nd for him and threw in 25 mill to boot. I feel so much better knowing that we have a goalie that gives up juicey rebounds and can’t track the puck worth a dam. Reimer must be laughing himself silly right now

    • The shot total is meaningless when the chances are so good that d is bad like I said after the signing Anderson doesn’t know what he got into and Lou must not of realized that the ducks have a really good defensive team? Lol

      • How is shot total meaningless??? This may be the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard when speaking of hockey. Why you think the NHL tracks this stuff Bbb? lol it’s shots against not fancy stats or analytics, shots against. More of shots = more goals Less of them generally means less goals. When the Leafs D was worse Reimer and Bernier were giving up less goals and they were not 25 million dollar goalies.

      • . On Thursday, Babcock scoffed at the notion.

        “I don’t think that has anything to do with it,” Babcock said. “I just think it’s pretty apparent where he’s giving up goals and he’ll just work on it.”

        …kinda sounds like Babcock maybe starting to have an issue with goaltending. The D isn’t perfect but its close avg, and the goaltending is not good. It’s hard for a blue line to look good when close to 15% of all shots find the back of the net.

      • Babcock doesn’t know what he’s talking about you said that when weber was taking over pk for the worlds?? Lol trying watching a good defensive team and see where the shots are from compared to the leafs? Shot totals is about the same as a guy who gets a minus that just got on the ice 2 seconds before the goal was scored

      • Former NHL goalies say goaltending is bad Coach says needs work analyst saygoaltending needs work Stats say goaltending need work, you say shots are meaningless and it’s bad D? Hmmm are you sure your watching all these hockey games you claim to watch?

      • I’m not saying Anderson is playing great but the same people your saying it’s bad goaltending are saying the defense is playing bad Also, and if you can’t see how bad that d is playing…………. you obviously don’t watch many games

      • Bob Mackenzie when asked about leafs Anderson ” he has been shaky but let’s be real that defense hasn’t helped him out at all”

  2. It’s only the 5th game of the season. Technically the Penguins have played the Sharks 7 of their last 11 games. Us fans are kind of sick of them actually.