NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 14, 2017
Game recaps, stars of the week, injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Kris Versteeg scored in a shootout to give the Calgary Flames a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, tying a franchise record with their 10th straight win. Versteeg also collected two assists in regulation. Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary each had a goal and an assist for the Penguins.
The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3, setting franchise records for most wins (44) and points (94) in a season. Cam Atkinson scored twice for the Jackets, while Travis Konecny tallied twice for the Flyers.
Brayden Point scored twice, including the game winner, to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers. The win moves the Lightning to within one point of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.
Jaccob Slavin netted a hat trick as the Carolina Hurricanes doubled up the New York Islanders 8-4. Justin Faulk and Jeff Skinner also scored twice for the Canes. The loss leaves the Isles one point behind the Leafs for that wild-card spot in the East.
Jake Allen made 38 saves backstopping the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. The win widens the Blues lead over the Kings for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference by five points.
James Neal’s overtime goal gave the Nashville Predators a 5-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets. The win moves the Predators two points ahead of the St. Louis Blues for third in the Central Division. The Jets played without defenseman Jacob Trouba (upper-body injury).
Brad Marchand’s hat trick helped the Boston Bruins down the Vancouver Canucks 6-3. Marchand is now tied with Sidney Crosby for the league lead in goals (35) and is only one point behind Edmonton’s Connor McDavid for the league points lead.
Mike Smith turned in a 22-save shutout performance as the Arizona Coyotes edged the Colorado Avalanche 1-0. Smith set a franchise record for shutouts with 22.
San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski, Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonathan Bernier and Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson are the NHL stars for the week ending March 12, 2017.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is struggling through a career-worst 10-game scoring drought.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators forward Mark Stone is sidelined week-to-week with a leg injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stone’s absence will be keenly felt by the Sens. He’s their best two-way forward, leading the club in takeaways (88). He’s also second in points.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad and forward Denis Malgin (concussions) are expected to be sidelined seven-to-10 days.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild center Martin Hanzal (illness) is expected to miss the club’s next two games.
ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes’ rookies have accounted for 87 points, second-most among NHL teams this season.
TORONTO STAR: Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment claims it is raising its price for Leafs season-ticket renewals to keep tickets out of the hands of scalpers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nonsense! They’re raising those prices based on what their market can bear.