NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 22, 2017

by | Feb 22, 2017 | News, NHL

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews scores one of his three goals against the Minnesota Wild.

Game recaps, injury updates, Capitals ticket prices & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Jonathan Toews collected a hat trick and set up two others to power the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild. The Blackhawks have now won seven of their last eight games and their seventh straight road game. Mikael Granlund scored twice for the Wild. 

Auston Matthew had three assists, Leo Komarov scored twice, William Nylander had a goal and an assist and Jake Gardiner scored the winner in overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Winnipeg Jets 5-4. Jets rookie winger Patrik Laine scored twice and Mark Scheifele collected two assists. The Leafs lost defenseman Connor Carrick to an upper-body injury in the first period. Earlier in the day, the Leafs placed forward Mitch Marner on injured reserve and Brooks Laich on waivers

Johnny Gaudreau collected four assists and Sean Monahan three as the Calgary Flames edged the Nashville Predators 6-5. Winger Filip Forsberg potted a hat trick in a losing cause for the Predators. He also had the game-winning goal by Flames defensman Mark Giordano go in off his skate. 

Nikita Kucherov scored one goal and set up three others, Ondrej Palat scored twice and Tyler Johnson had two assists to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. 

Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson scored as the Ottawa Senators edged the New Jersey Devils 2-1. The Sens were missing three top forwards (Mike Hoffman, Matt Stone and Bobby Ryan) to injuries, while Devils rookie left wing Pavel Zacha left the game in the second period after being checked headfirst into the sideboards by Ottawa’s Derick Brassard. 

Paul Byron scored the winner in a shootout and Carey Price made 26 saves to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers. It was the Habs first victory under new head coach Claude Julien. Earlier in the day, the Canadiens made a minor trade with the Carolina Hurricanes, shipping defenseman Philip Samuelsson to the Hurricanes in exchange for blueliner Keegan Lowe.

Sidney Crosby tallied his league-leading 33rd goal to break a 1-1 tie and Evgeni Malkin got the insurance marker as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1, stretching the latter’s winless streak to five games. 

Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist and John Tavares netted his 22nd of the season to give the New York Islanders a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. 

Peter Budaj made 24 saves while second-period goals by Tyler Toffoli and Trevor Lewis lifted the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche, snapping a three-game losing streak. 

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Arizona Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith is no fan of the concussion protocol for goaltenders after being pulled from Monday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks following a collision with Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg. “I think there’s a lot of flaws in the system, especially with the goalie position, and it needs to get fixed,” Smith said, adding, “What stops a fourth liner from going and bumping into a goalie? It’s just a two-minute penalty to get your starting goalie out? I don’t think it’s happened in a playoff game yet, but I’m sure it will.”

THE WASHINGTON POST: For the ninth time in 10 years, the Capitals are raising their season-ticket prices by $5.00 per season per game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some fans might grumble about this increase, but the Capitals are merely charging what their market will bear. 

TSN: The lawyer for former NHL player Mike Peluso intends to call former Devils GM Lou Lamoriello, former coach Jacques Lemaire and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in his workers’ compensation trial set to begin sometime this fall.