NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 19, 2017
Game recaps and injury updates in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Washington Capitals became the first NHL team to clinch a playoff berth this season. T.J. Oshie’s hat trick carried them to a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Caps are also the first club this season to reach 100 points.
The Lightning continue to battle for their playoff lives, but they won’t rush sidelined captain Steven Stamkos back to the lineup. Stamkos has missed nearly four months with a knee injury.
Cam Atkinson’s overtime goal lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders. The Jackets have 98 points and sit second in the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference standings, two behind the Capitals.
Ryan Hartman’s overtime goal gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Western Conference-leading Blackhawks (97 points) widened their lead over the slumping Minnesota Wild by five points, while the Leafs (79 points) maintain a one-point lead over the New York Islanders for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. The Blackhawks played without winger Marian Hossa, who missed the game with a lower-body injury.
Antti Raanta made 25 saves and Jimmy Vesey tallied the game winner as the New York Rangers edged the Minnesota Wild 3-2. The Wild (92 points) have lost four straight and six of their last seven games.
Paul Byron and Alex Radulov scored shootout goals to give the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators. With 88 points, the Habs now hold a two-point lead over the Sens for top spot in the Atlantic Division.
Connor McDavid scored a goal to regain the lead in the NHL scoring race (80 points) while Cam Talbot made 33 saves as the Edmonton Oilers blanked the Vancouver Canucks 2-0. The win moves the Oilers (85 points) into third spot in the Pacific Division, one ahead of the Calgary Flames.
Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves and Jakob Silfverberg netted the game winner as the Anaheim Ducks nipped the San Jose Sharks 2-1. The victory gives the Ducks 87 points, moving them within four points of the Pacific Division-leading Sharks.
Jake Allen had a 31-save shutout effort backstopping the St. Louis Blues to a 3-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes. The win moves the Blues into third place in the Central Division with 38 wins and 81 points.
Jeff Skinner scored twice and Eddie Lack made 27 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes upset the Nashville Predators 4-2. With the loss, the Predators (35 wins, 81 points) hold the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference.
Tomas Tatar scored two third-period goals as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-1. Wings forward Darren Helm was forced to leave the game in the second period with a lower-body injury, possibly his left knee.
TRIBLIVE.COM/ESPN.COM: Injuries continue to take a toll on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Center Evgeni Malkin (shoulder injury) is expected to miss today’s game against the Florida Panthers and defenseman Ron Hainsey (upper-body injury) is listed as week-to-week. The Pens are already missing blueliners Kris Letang, Olli Maatta and Trevor Daley.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets forward Shawn Matthias will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.