NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 12, 2017
Game recaps, injury updates, waiver news & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Henrik Lundqvist became the 12th goaltender in NHL history to record his 400th career win as he backstopped the New York Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Lundqvist is also the fastest in history to reach that milestone, doing so in 727 games. He’s also only the third goalie to win 400 games with one franchise, joining Martin Brodeur and Tony Esposito.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to Lundqvist for this remarkable career achievement. He’s struggled through an unusually inconsistent performance this season, but of late he’s looking like the “King Henrik” of old.
In his first game since Dec. 5, goaltender Craig Anderson turned in a 33-save shutout performance to give his Ottawa Senators a 3-0 victory over the New York Islanders. Anderson had taken a leave of absence to spend time with his wife Nicholle, who’s battling throat cancer. Anderson’s return resulted in the Senators placing goalie Andrew Hammond on waivers yesterday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nicholle is reportedly making good progress with her treatments. Continued best wishes for a full recovery.
Jaromir Jagr moved to within one point of 1,900 career points while Vincent Trochek and Jonathan Huberdeau each had three-point performances as the Florida Panthers thumped the Nashville Predators 7-4. Viktor Arvidsson tallied a hat trick for the Predators.
Braden Holtby made 18 saves to pick up his 14th straight win as the Washington Capitals defeated the Anaheim Ducks 6-4. It was the Capitals sixth straight win and their 12th straight at home. Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom had a three-point night, as did Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf.
Patrik Berglund’s hat trick carried the St. Louis Blues to their fourth straight win by downing the Montreal Canadiens 4-2. The Habs have dropped five of their last six contests.
Evander Kane had a two-goal game, Jack Eichel collected three assists and Robin Lehner made 43 saves to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was also reported Sabres defenseman Cody Franson will miss two-to-three weeks with a bone bruise in his foot.
Patrick Eaves scored twice as the Dallas Stars ended their four-game losing skid with a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Earlier in the day, it was revealed the Stars will retire Jere Lehtinen’s No. 26 next season. Lehtinen spent 14 seasons with the Stars and was a key player during their years from 1998 to 2003 as a perennial Stanley Cup contender.
Richard Panik scored twice and set up another while Scott Darling made 30 saves as the Chicago Blackhawks crushed the Edmonton Oilers 5-1, extending the Hawks win streak to five games. Patrick Kane also had a three-point night for Chicago.
David Pastrnak’s goal late in the third period lifted the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks. It’s the second straight win for the Bruins under interim coach Bruce Cassidy. Frank Vatrano had a three-point effort for the Bruins.
Wayne Simmond’s overtime goal gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks, snapping the Flyers’ four-game losing skid whilst extending the Sharks’ losing streak to four. The Sharks also played without forward Logan Couture, who was a late scratch and listed as day-to-day.
Connor Murphy scored in overtime and teammate Martin Hanzal scored twice as the Arizona Coyotes upset the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3.
Ben Bishop kicked out 32 shot while Victor Hedman, Ondrej Palat and Brayden Point each had a goal and an assist to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 35 saves and Cam Atkinson netted the eventual game winner as the Columbus Blue Jackets squeaked past the Detroit Red Wings 2-1.