NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 21, 2017
Game recaps, stars of the week and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Third-period goals by Tyler Bozak, William Nylander and Nazem Kadri gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. The Leafs (81 points) move within one point of the Bruins for third in the Atlantic Division and opened a three-point lead over the New York Isalnders for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.
Cam Talbot made 33 saves while Patrick Maroon and Milan Lucic tallied the only goals as the Edmonton Oilers shut out the Los Angeles Kings 2-0. The Oilers (87 points) moved into a second-place tie in the Pacific Division with the Anaheim Ducks.
Kari Lehtonen turned in a 30-save shutout performance and Curtis McKenzie netted the only goal as the Dallas Stars blanked the San Jose Sharks 1-0. The Sharks (91 points) remain four points up on the Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers for first in the Pacific Division.
Ryan Ellis scored twice as the Nashville Predators defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-1. The Preds (83 points) moved a point ahead of the St. Louis Blues into third in the Central Division. The Coyotes are now mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
Power-play goals by Jack Eichel and Matt Moulson carried the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Calgary Flames goaltender Brian Elliott are the NHL stars for the week ending March 19.
CALGARY SUN: Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk received a two-game suspension for elbowing Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty in the head.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: The decline in goaltender Devan Dubnyk’s play has contributed to the Minnesota Wild’s recent swoon in the standings. “In March, he has won one of nine starts and is 2-7 in 10 games with a 2.92 GAA and .899 save percentage.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A month ago, Dubnyk appeared the favorite to win the Vezina Trophy as the top goaltender and a possible candidate for the Hart Trophy as MVP. That’s no longer the case. Dubnyk must regain his form before the playoffs or the Wild can forget about staging a deep postseason run.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Veteran winger Marian Hossa has taken on a more defensive role with the Blackhawks, seeing duty on the third line.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks winger Markus Granlund will undergo season-ending wrist surgery on Friday.