NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 17, 2017
Game recaps, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Richard Panik’s third-period goal proved the winner as the Chicago Blackhawks nipped the Ottawa Senators 2-1. The Hawks widen their lead for top spot in the Western Conference over the Minnesota Wild by three points, while the Sens remain one point back of the Montreal Canadiens for top spot in the Atlantic Division.
Late third-period goals by Victor Rask and Teuvo Teravainen powered the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-1 upset of the Minnesota Wild, handing the latter their third straight defeat.
Frederik Andersen turned in a 33-save performance backstopping the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Leafs moved into the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference by one point over the New York Islanders.
Bryan Little’s two goals helped the Winnipeg Jets double up the New York Islanders 4-2. The loss knocked the Isles out of the final wild-card spot in the East.
Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid collected three assists as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Boston Bruins 7-4. The Oilers (83 points)move one point ahead of the Calgary Flames into third place in the Pacific Division. The Bruins’ Brad Marchand also had three point, leaving him tied with McDavid for the league lead in points (79). Late in the game, Bruins forward Matt Beleskey was struck in the head by a shot from teammate Patrice Bergeron. His status is unknown.
Viktor Arvidsson’s overtime goal lifted the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals. The win ensured the Preds maintain their hold on third place in the Central Division, remaining two points up on the St. Louis Blues.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. The Blues maintain their hold on the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
Jonathan Quick made 22 saves to backstop the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-0 shutout of the Buffalo Sabres. The Kings, however, remain four points back of the St. Louis Blues for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves and Josh Anderson had a goal and an assist as the Columbus Blue Jackets edged the Florida Panthers 2-1. The Jackets set a franchise record for most home victories (26) in a season.
Third-period goals by Tyler Seguin and Radek Faksa gave the Dallas Stars a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks to end a three-game losing streak. It was a costly win for the Stars, as captain Jamie Benn suffered an upper-body injury following a hit and a fight with Canucks defenseman Nikita Tryamkin.
Taylor Hall and Adam Henrique each scored twice as the New Jersey Devils snapped a 10-game losing skid by downing the Philadelphia Flyers 6-2. Flyers goalie Steve Mason was forced to leave the game in the third period with his team down 3-2 suffering from cramps.
Gustav Nyquist’s shootout goal gave the Detroit Red Wings a 5-4 win over the Arizona Coyotes.
NBC SPORTS: The U.S. Women’s Hockey Team refused to budge in their standoff with USA Hockey over wages. They announced yesterday they were boycotting the upcoming 2017 World Championship on March 31.