NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 26, 2016
Game recaps, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Steven Stamkos scored twice and set up two others to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 7-3 drubbing of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop had his top two front teeth knocked out when struck in the mask by a shot, but he remained in the game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Leafs starter Frederik Andersen is off to the worst start in his career, giving rise to questions over the caliber of the club’s goaltending for the remainder of the season. During a press conference yesterday afternoon, Leafs head coach Mike Babcock got testy with reporters about Andersen’s play. His latest outing won’t do anything to silence that criticism.
Sidney Crosby scored in his first game back from a concussion as his Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Florida Panthers 3-2.
Taylor Hall and Travis Zajac each scored twice to power the New Jersey Devils to a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes, who are 0-5-0 for the worst start in franchise history.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With starter Mike Smith sidelined and backup Louis Domingue struggling, we could start hearing trade speculation suggesting the Coyotes are shopping for help between the pipes.
Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett each tallied a goal and an assist as the Calgary Flames downed the St. Louis Blues 4-1. Flames goalie Brian Elliiott made 23 saves for the win against his former team.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s overtime goal lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks. It was a costly loss for the Ducks, as goalie Jonathan Bernier was forced from the game with an upper-body injury. Captain Ryan Getzlaf missed a couple of shifts to start the third period with a sore left forearm but did return to finish the game.
Shootout goals by Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek capped the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 comeback win over the Buffalo Sabres, who had led 3-1 at one point.
Dylan Larkin’s two goals helped the Detroit Red Wings double up the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2.
Alec Martinez scored in overtime to give the LA Kings a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Earlier in the day, it was reported the Kings signed unrestricted free agent goalie Anders Lindback to a professional tryout contract and sent him to their AHL affiliate.
Ryan Dzingel netted two goals and Craig Anderson made 22 saves in a 3-0 shutout over the Vancouver Canucks.
Antti Niemi made 28 saves backstopping the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets.
Boston Bruins goalie Malcolm Subban was pulled after giving up three goals on 16 shots as his club fell 5-0 to the Minnesota Wild. The Bruins called up Subban after it was announced backup Anton Khudobin was sidelined three weeks with an upper-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Subban’s poor play in his limited NHL starts has some in Boston hanging the “bust” label on him.
ESPN.COM: NHL officials are in South Korea inspecting the 2018 Winter Olympic facilities as the league considers participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Games.
YAHOO SPORTS: News that a new arena in downtown Seattle could be privately funded could resurrect speculation of an NHL franchise one day moving into that city.