NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 17, 2017

by | Feb 17, 2017 | News, NHL

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scores in overtime against the Winnipeg Jets.

Game recaps, Crosby tallies 1,000th point, Vermette suspended & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Sidney Crosby’s assist on Chris Kunitz’s first-period goal gave the Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain his 1,000th career point as his club edged the Winnipeg Jets 4-3.

Crosby also scored the winner in overtime and finished the night with a goal and two assists. He’s the 86th player to reach the 1,000 point mark and 12th fastest to do so in NHL history.

It was a costly victory for the Penguins, as defensemen Justin Schultz (head or neck injury) and Olli Maatta (possible hand injury) left the game. Earlier in the day, the Jets learned blueliner Tobias Enstrom (lower-body injury) underwent surgery and will be sidelined 2-3 weeks. 

Connor McDavid scored and set up two others in the Edmonton Oilers’ 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. McDavid currently leads the NHL scoring race with 66 points. 

Mike Smith made 41 saves whiles Brendan Perlini and Jordan Martinook each scored twice to give the Arizona Coyotes a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings. 

Andrew Ladd scored twice as the New York Islanders doubled up the New York Rangers 4-2, stretching their home record over the last 10 games to 8-0-2. They’re now within a point of a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. 

Darcy Kuemper made 34 saves as the Minnesota Wild topped the Dallas Stars 3-1, handing the latter their sixth straight road loss. 

Mike Condon turned in a 21-save performance for his fifth shutout of the season backstopping the Ottawa Senators to a 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils. 

Kevin Shattenkirk collected three assists while Vladimir Tarasenko netted the game winner as the St. Louis Blues edged the Vancouver Canucks 4-3. 

Robin Lehner kicked out 23 shots as the Buffalo Sabres blanked the Colorado Avalanche 2-0. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks center Antoine Vermette received a 10-game suspension for abuse of an official during a recent game against the Minnesota Wild. Vermette intends to file an appeal with league commissioner Gary Bettman.