NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 15, 2017
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.