NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 21, 2017

by | Mar 21, 2017 | News, NHL | 7 comments

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly scores against the Boston Bruins.

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. 


  1. Huge win for the Maple Leafs. Many more important games just like it ahead for them too

  2. Huge win no doubt for the Leafs, ref made a terrible call that cost the Bruins a point, great game other than that

    • You`re right it was a weak call, for that late in the game. You should be more pissed at Moore for being that stupid. Falling on the goalie for no reason usually results in a penalty. Moore`s been in the league long enough to know better, pucks behind the net and no leaf there to claim he was pushed (Hunwick was lying on the ice next to Andersen) and both refs put their arms up immediately

      • They didn’t call much the same thing in the dying minutes of the Hawks-Sens game in that 2-1 Hawks win. No consistency at all with the zebras.

      • None at all George, every game is a new adventure with the refs

  3. Funny how things change Ive never been a real big Bozak fan in fact probably one of my least favourite core type guys over the past few years but last night there was a comment made by one of the analysts along the lines of Tyler Bozak being maybe the best free agent signing out of college in the past decade and it’s tough to argue….he’s come along way from being raged on for riding Kessel coat tails and has showed himself to be a legit top 6 type player.

    • If you`d seen Bozak play Jr. A out here (B.C.) you`d even be more impressed with him. He put up points, but did little else regards to any of the finer points that go into the making of an NHL player. Bozak is one player that you can point to and say college was the right path for him. 500 games undrafted, a great signing