NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 1, 2017

by | Feb 1, 2017 | News, NHL | 14 comments

Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty scores one of his three goals against the Buffalo Sabres.

Game recaps and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Max Pacioretty netted a hat trick and Carey Price made 37 saves to give the Montreal Canadiens a 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Alexander Radulov and Phillip Danault assisted on two of Pacioretty’s three goals. 

Carolina Hurricanes rookie Sebastian Aho tallied his first career NHL hat trick to lead his club to a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. 

Seth Jones scored twice and Alexander Wennberg picked up three points as the Columbus Blue Jackets downed the New York Rangers 6-4, chasing Rangers starter Henrik Lundqvist after he gave up three goals on 16 shots. 

Patric Hornqvist scored two second-period goals as the Pittsburgh Penguins doubled up the Nashville Predators 4-2. Penguins defenseman Kris Letang returned to action after missing six games to a lower-body injury. 

Kyle Palmieri scored twice as the New Jersey Devils nipped the Detroit Red Wings 4-3. 

Darcy Kuemper turned in a 41-save performance and Tyler Graovac scored twice to give the Minnesota Wild a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. It’s the Wild’s fifth win in their last six games. 

Thomas Greiss made 27 saves, including 15 in the third period, as the New York Islanders extended their points streak to seven games by edging the Washington Capitals 3-2. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin tallied his 24th goal of the season. 

Third-period goals by Zdeno Chara and Frank Vatrano lifted the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Alex Killorn scored twice for the Lightning. Bruins forward Brad Marchand, who was recently fined $10,000 for a dangerous trip of an opponent, could be under the microscope again for what appeared to a slew foot on the Lightning’s Anton Stralman. 

Michael Matheson scored twice and Roberto Luongo collected his 450th career NHL win as the Florida Panthers hung on for a 6-5 win over the Ottawa Senators. Ryan Dzingel also scored two goals for the Senators. 

In his first game back from injury, Anaheim Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg scored twice and set up another to lead his club to a 5-1 drubbing of the Colorado Avalanche. 

Tomas Hertl scored the game winner late in the third period to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, Patrick Marleau also netted his 499th career NHL goal. 

Jake Allen gave up four goals on 23 shots as the St. Louis Blues fell to the Winnipeg Jets 5-3. Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler each collected three points for the Jets and rookie star Patrik Laine netted his 23rd goal of the season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Allen’s game has gone south in a big way. Blues management could be forced to shop for an upgrade in goal if they hope to stay in playoff contention. 

A five-goal first period by the Dallas Stars led them to a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tyler Seguin and Dan Hamhuis each collected two assists for the Stars. 

Jake Muzzin’s scored late in the third period to give the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes. 

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators and Colorado Avalanche could play a two-game regular-season series in Sweden this November. The idea still need approval of the NHL Players Association.

TSN: The NHL loses judgement after arguing that former players currently suing the league over head injuries they suffered during their playing days were “mere puppets” who “who “certainly would not have had the mental faculties to write lucid and sophisticated op-eds for publications.”


  1. Toronto shows up 20 minutes late for a game and look what happens. They have to start turning down those 5 day breaks, seems to have put a damper on their momentum of late.

    • willing to bet that the skate today will be a hard one. That might have been the worst effort so far this year. Babs gonna give it to em.

    • Toronto fans, myself among them, need to accept two possible scenarios from here on in (for 16-17); 1) we have already peaked and last night signals this season’s nose dive (albeit a month later than most years) or 2) this is a blip on the radar and the mix of kids and veterans actually figure it out and continue to push for a playoff spot.

      Babcock knows this and was prudent earlier in the season to attempt to temper expectations for this year.

      Either way there has been improvement this season and there will continue to be improvement in the years to come.

      • Good post Steven.. This month will definitely define where they trend in the standing. I wish them luck, even if they end up being a .500 team for the year (I still count OTL as a loss), it’s still going in the right direction.

        Marner, Laine and Matthews are fun to watch.

      • As do I Antoni. The NHL may choose to reflect an OTL as a tie looking at todays standings to yesteryear & award a point but for me it’s still a loss as well.

        Great time to be a Leafs fan. Not sure there has ever been a better time. What Shanahan the architect of this shift has accomplished is awesome. Not just great for Toronto but the NHL. This is a model that will be followed by numerous teams & although not entirely unique other teams stared shifting the real power to Presidents as well but this model is 1 of the best ever seen if potentially not the best to date.

        It pains me to talk this way about Toronto. I liked the paper bags over your heads comments better. Ha-ha!

      • It’s not really a nose dive Stephen, Toronto just seems to come out flat after a few day break. Still a young team and they seem to lose their focus for a short time. They dominated the game in the 2nd and 3rd, but for the second time they couldn’t score. The 3rd period was all Toronto same as the Philly game

  2. Thank you Antoni,

    The three you mention Marner, Laine, and Matthews are definitely fun to watch! I think Jets fans should be really upset with the team’s performance personally. Those of us who cheer for Toronto recognize where we are (those of us who are real about it) and so do Jets fans recognize that the team is young, but they have had a strong core for quite some time now. With that roster they should not have missed the playoffs in 2016 and should not be where they are right now this season.

    They are too patient with their goalie situation and should be seeking help in that area. I would target Bishop if I was managing the Jets! Those young goalies they have are not ready. I would also can Maurice! The Jets are missing the boat when you see the Islanders talking to Gallant. He is great with young players and is the perfect fix for the Jets!

    Just imagine; it would be Benny and the Jets!

    • I disagree. Making the playoffs last season in the west was a serious challenge. This year having introduced 2 rookies, Laine & Morrissey, Ehlers being a 2nd year player, Hellebuyck essentially being a rookie being 23 having 26 games of NHL experience, missed being a rookie by 1 game this season to a lesser extent Armia, a boat load of injuries, no more significant than losing Little right out of the gate, 1 of the best 2 way C’s in the game, Trouba’s hold out yada, yada, yada, wasn’t making the playoffs.

      Even with out all these factors not being an issue out of the gate I had Winnipeg as a bubble team missing. With them the fact they are even hanging in & for all intense & purpose they have pulled the plug. Playing Pavelic even though he’s been good to below average at best game to game to try & generate trade value at the deadline.

      Winnipeg is way ahead of Toronto by at least 1 year if not 2. The future really starts in Winnipeg next year. I see no way they miss the playoffs next season at least based on what we know & see today. Come next October we will reassess that opinion.

  3. I Can’t remember watching a player improve as much as Aho has over the course of the season. The completeness of his game, at only 19 years old, is so amazing.

    • Yep. Not as surprised as you as by all reports from anyone who’s opinion I value he was the real deal & when ever we have talked about rookie candidates right from the start of the season I included Aho.

      Not all players are getting the same opportunities as others. Aho has had to earn his PP time others just given. I have been making the same case & argument for Skjei going back to last season. If he was given the same opportunity as his other peers he would be a serious candidate for rookie of the year.

      Jan Levine at Hockeybuzz & I have had some pretty heated discussions about his potential & role right from the get go.

    • The development of young NHL players has never been better & increasing exponentially. The future for the NHL is incredibly positive. Just run through the list of this years rookies. We have never seen anything like this in my time following the NHL & this influx is just in it’s infancy in the US.

      I may bitch about a whole range of irritations in the NHL but it’s never been better & following the next painful lockout it will be even better. No better sport is positioned for growth not only in the US but world wide.

  4. I am hoping the Sens play a few games in Sweden next year. I am looking forward to Melnyk complaining about lack of attendance for them. Perhaps he’ll sell the tickets to those games only as part of a min. 5 game ticket package like the other “premium” games from this season.

    • The NHL will guarantee a certain return to both teams provide a beak due to travel issues. This is about growing the sport & part of an overall objective. No different than any business moving into a new market or just starting up. Part of the cost of development. The gate revenue is secondary to the long term gains going provides. It’s all about steps & stages.

      You should try starting a business from scratch or growing 1 that is established. It takes 3 to 5 years to establish a business. The 1st 3 taking no salary potentially losing money, by year 4 you hope to break even & start paying more than just your bills, nby year 5 taking a decnet salary turning any profit.

      Lyle. You created this site want to give us a Coles notes version of the growth, the efforts to grow & expand your reach as a blogger> I have been following you for I thin at least 2 decades. Have lost track to be honest.

    • Carolina played their first two games of the season against Minnesota in Finland a few years back. I was fortunate enough to be able to go. It was a trip of a life time. I would do it again if Carolina or Detroit was selected to go.