NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 26, 2017
Game recaps, update on Vermette suspension & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Sidney Crosby tallied his 34th goal of the season and Matt Murray made 36 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins doubled up the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 in their Stadium Series match-up in front of over 67,000 fans at Heinz Field. Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (upper-body injury) missed the game and is listed as day-to-day.
Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick made a triumphant return to action against the Anaheim Ducks, kicking out 32 shots in a 4-1 victory. It was Quick’s first game since being sidelined on Oct. 12 by a groin injury. Tyler Toffoli scored twice for the Kings, while leading scorer Jeff Carter suffered a one-punch knockdown at the hands of Ducks center Ryan Kesler in a rare fight for both players. Carter returned to tally his 30th goal of the season.
Filip Forsberg scored a goal and set up two others to give the Nashville Predators a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals. Forsberg is red hot of late, having scored hat tricks in his last two games. His linemate Ryan Johansen had three assists and Roman Josi also scored twice for the Predators, giving him six in his last eight games.
Josh Anderson and Nick Foligno each scored twice, David Savard had a three-point night and Joonas Korpisalo made 24 saves for his first NHL shutout as the Columbus Blue Jackets crushed the New York Islanders 7-0.
Andrew Shaw’s overtime goal lifted the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, sweeping their four-game series and winning their 14th straight game over the Leafs. Toronto rookie Auston Matthews scored twice, including his 30th over the season. Canadiens goalie Carey Price collected his 259th career win to move past Ken Dryden into third all-time among Habs goalies.
Mika Zibanejad scored in overtime as the New York Rangers topped the New Jersey Devils 4-3. Zibanejad and Chris Kreider each had a goal and an assist for the Blueshirts, while Kyle Palmieri scored twice for the Devils.
Martin Jones made 35 saves and Patrick Marleau netted the game winner as the San Jose Sharks downed the Vancouver Canucks 4-1. The Canucks had five players absent from the lineup because of an outbreak of mumps.
Goaltender Jeremy Smith made 34 saves for his first NHL victory backstopping the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Gabriel Landeskog scored twice and set up another for the Avs.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The NHL has upheld the 10-game suspension levied against Anaheim Ducks center Antoine Vermette for striking an official with his stick.
THE DENVER POST: Despite the Colorado Avalanche’s woeful season, they’re still outdrawing the NBA’s Denver Nuggets.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury and will miss tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues.