NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 16, 2017
Game recaps, Anisimov out a month, Wideman ban rejected & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Brad Marchand scored his league-leading 36th goal and David Pastrnak scored twice as the Boston Bruins downed the Calgary Flames 5-2, ending the latter’s 10-game winning streak. The win moves the Bruins to within four points of the Atlantic Division leading Montreal Canadiens.
Rickard Rakell tallied his 30th goal of the season and Ryan Getzlaf also scored as the Anaheim Ducks held on for a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. The Blues remain four-point up on the Los Angeles Kings for the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference.
Steve Mason has a 23-save shutout performance and Wayne Simmonds tallied his 200th career NHL goal as the Philadelphia Flyers blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0. The Flyers sit five points out of the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
J.T. Compher’s first career NHL goal was also the game winner to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Matt Duchene also scored to get his first point in 12 games and only his second goal in his last 26 games.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov will miss the next three-four weeks with an injured left leg.
TSN: The NHL’s attempt to reinstate the 20-game ban on Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman for hitting a linesman last season has been rejected by a neutral arbitrator.
SPORTSNET: Speaking of the Flames, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman spoke yesterday with Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi regarding a new arena. The Saddledome, which opened in 1983, is now the NHL’s third-oldest arena.
NEWSDAY: The 2018 NHL Winter Classic could be held at Citi Field between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres.
OTTAWA SUN: On a non-NHL note, the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team could boycott the upcoming world championships in Plymouth, Michigan ““unless significant progress has been made on the year-long negotiations with USA Hockey over fair wages and equitable support.”