NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 12, 2017
Game recaps, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Morgan Reilly’s overtime goal gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Frederik Andersen made 36 saves for the Leafs, who moved into a one-point lead over the New York Islanders for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.
Vladimir Tarasenko netted two goals as the St. Louis Blues nipped the New York Islanders 4-3. It was the fourth straight win for the Blues, maintaining a three-point lead over the Los Angeles Kings for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
Adam Kempe’s first NHL goal was a game winner as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Washington Capitals 4-2, handing the latter their third straight loss.
Alex Burrows and Mike Hoffman each had a goal and an assist as the Ottawa Senators collected their six straight win by doubling up the Colorado Avalanche 4-2. The Sens, playing without sidelined forwards Kyle Turris and Mark Stone, moved into a first-place tie with the Montreal Canadiens in the Atlantic Division. Avalanche center Matt Duchene has gone pointless in 10 games and was dropped to the third line for this game.
Brian Elliott made 31 saves for his second straight shutout and Dougie Hamilton collected three assists as the Calgary Flames blanked the Winnipeg Jets 3-0 for their ninth straight victory. The win vaulted the Flames into second place in the Pacific Division. They also played without defenseman Michael Stone, who remains sidelined with a shoulder injury.
Matt Murray turned in a 27-save shutout performance to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Sidney Crosby picked up two assists.
Ryan Johansen, James Neal and Viktor Arvidson scored as the Nashville Predators got their first win in five games by downing the San Jose Sharks 3-1 win.
Evander Kane and Jack Eichel each tallied a goal and an assist as the Buffalo Sabres overcame a 3-0 deficit to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3. Blue Jackets winger Cam Atkinson required 17 stitches to close a wound on his left shoulder after he was inadvertently stepped on by Sabres forward Marcus Foligno.
Drew Stafford’s goal in the dying seconds of regulation lifted the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Ondrej Palat’s late third-period goal gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. It was the fifth straight loss for the Panthers, which proved doubly costly when defenseman Aaron Ekblad left the game with a head injury following a check from Lightning forward Gabriel Dumont.
Jakob Chychrun scored and set up two others while Mike Smith made 26 saves as the Arizona Coyotes edged the New Jersey Devils 5-4, handing the latter their 10th straight defeat. Kyle Palmieri scored twice for the Devils.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will miss at least two weeks with a hip ailment.