NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 15, 2017

by | Mar 15, 2017 | News, NHL | 10 comments

Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane beats Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price. The Hawks downed the Habs 4-2.

Game recaps, playoff race update and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Patrick Kane scored a goal and set up two others as the Chicago Blackhawks doubled up the Montreal Canadiens 4-2. The win vaults the Blackhawks into first place in the Central Division and atop the Western Conference standings. Kane is also tied with Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid atop the NHL scoring race with 76 points.

It was a costly win for the Hawks, as center Artem Anisimov is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.  Meanwhile, Montreal’s Carey Price became only the third goaltender in Canadiens history to play 500 games, joining Patrick Roy (551) and Jacques Plante (556). 

Alex Ovechkin scored to snap a 10-game scoreless drought and Nicklas Backstrom had three assists as the Washington Capitals downed the Minnesota Wild 4-2. It’s the Wild’s fifth loss in their last seven games, costing them top spot in the Central Division and the Western Conference. 

John Tavares’ overtime goal as the New York Islanders overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2. Isles rookie Joshua Ho-Sang scored a goal and set up Tavares’ game winner. 

Victor Hedman’s overtime goal lifted the Tampa Bay Lightning to their fourth straight win by edging the Ottawa Senators 2-1. With the win, the Bolts move past the Toronto Maple Leafs into a tie with the Islanders for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Senators did pick up a point, moving within one of the Canadiens for first in the Atlantic Division. 

Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and Thomas Vanek collected four assists as the Florida Panthers thumped the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-2. The loss leaves the Leafs one point out of the final wild-card spot in the East. 

Anthony DeAngelo scored in the 11th round of a shootout as the Arizona Coyotes edged the Los Angeles Kings 3-2, leaving the Kings four points behind the St. Louis Blues for the final wild-card spot in the West. 

Joe Pavelski’s two goals powered the San Jose Sharks to a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. The Sharks now sit two points behind the Western Conference-leading Chicago Blackhawks. 

Patrick Maroon tallied a goal and set up another while Milan Lucic, Leon Draisaitl and Zach Kassian each collected two assists as the Edmonton Oilers crushed the Dallas Stars 7-1. The Oilers hold the first wild-card spot in the West. 

Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg yesterday donated more than 2,500 smoke detectors to local fire department representatives in Michigan. 

Last night’s game between the Winnipeg Jets and New Jersey Devils was postponed due to a snowstorm. The game was rescheduled for March 28. 

STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues forward Dmitrij Jaskin will miss tonight’s game against the Anaheim Ducks. 


  1. What is wrong with Reilly? He is terrible in his own end I wonder if he is hurting

  2. He’s still young and we all know D – in most cases anyway – simply take longer to learn how to read the play, especially in their own end when confronted by cagey fore-checking take-away artists.

    Right now, however, with his skating ability and better-than-average shot but inability to make the right defensive-zone choices at the most inopportune times, I must say he reminds me more of Mark Streit than Viktor Hedman.

    • I think we should all remember as well that to have a strong defensive scheme requires the whole team doing their part and I don’t see all the young rookies doing that, oddly enough the one that is the most consistent in this regard, well 2, Matthews and Marner, tend to try and do too much when they come back into the defensive zone.

      They still need to learn to play together as there are at times 8 rookies and just having that one top 2 d-man added is going to make a huge difference.

      • But that is going to cost you at least one of those top rookies. JVR’s apparent lack of veteran leadership – nor Bozak – are going to to bring back that elusive top 2D

      • I agree George but they still have a 1st and 2-2nd’ers in the next draft, I’m sure for the right young d-man who has a couple of years under his belt they would part with the 1st plus or…well you know what I mean lol.

      • High ankle sprain as well sometimes (not saying it’s the case here) can take a while to completely heal….I think there are many factors effecting Rielly right now most notably a young 23 year old playing 23 -25 mins a night on a high ankle sprain lol who was never a defensive wizard to begin with on a team with little defensive help.

      • The problem with Reilly is he hasn’t really improved over the yrs he’s defensive game has gotten worse

      • Ok then why bother asking the question or wonder if he is hurting?

      • In this case it is the high ankle sprain. Babs admitted they rushed him back. Unless they intend to resign Boyle, that looks to be a wasted pick. At least we know who’s going to Vegas from Toronto

  3. The Sabres continue to pile on the losses.

    Scoring one goal and standing pat does not win games. The Sabres had no one scoring goals.

    Defense was shoddy. Rasmus Ristolainen’s three giveawys are conerning.

    Robin Lehner provided no help in goal.