NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 23, 2017

by | Mar 23, 2017 | News, NHL | 12 comments

Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander (right) is congratulated by Mitch Marner after scoring against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Game recaps plus updates on Paul Stastny, Carey Price, Rasmus Ristolainen and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: William Nylander, Nazem Kadri, Leo Komarov and Nikita Zaitsev each tallied a goal and an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2. Leafs defenseman Roman Polak could face supplemental discipline for a hit to the back of Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand. 

Andrew Ladd scored the game-winning goal and Thomas Greiss made 34 saves to give the New York Islanders a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers, handing the latter their seventh straight loss on home ice

Ryan Getzlaf and Hampus Lindholm each had three-points to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Connor McDavid also netted three points for the Oilers. Ducks winger Andrew Cogliano played in his 777th consecutive NHL game, moving into fourth on the all-time list behind Doug Jarvis (962 games), Garry Unger (912) and Steve Larmer (884). 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs (83 points) move into third place in the Atlantic Division, knocking the Boston Bruins (82 points) in the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. The Jackets (100 points) failed to move back into a tie for first overall with the Washington Capitals.

The Islanders (80) move within two points of the Bruins. The Rangers (94 points) remain solidly entrenched in the first wild-card spot. The Ducks (89 points) opened a two-point lead over the Oilers for second place in the Pacific Division and moved to within two points of the division-leading San Jose Sharks. 

St. Louis Blues center Paul Stastny is listed as week-to-week with a lower-body injury. 

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price could miss tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes with a “minor ailment.”

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen has a hearing scheduled today with the NHL’s department of player safety regarding his hit on Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel on Tuesday. 


  1. In all my years of watching I have never seen that penalty situation in the Leaf game.

    I’m guessing this game will go down as a real learning/turning experience about what it takes to get to the next level of competetion.

    • Nearly a 7 minute man advantage killed off…great work by the PK really shifted the game.

      • You have to give guys like Hunwick credit, he does a great job on the PK and gets nothing but abuse for the effort. Same group of guys last night as the beginning of the year, maybe the defence isn`t quite as bad as everybody thought it was. 8 rookies in the line up every game, a lot of pressure on the defence. Now the kids are learning to play, sure helps. They are learning a lot faster than we imagined. Haven`t seen that extended power play in a long time, considering the rules been there for a long long time, Babs wake up

      • What an effort by the PK to kill off the 5mins then another 2 to get a stoppage. How do you stop play if there’s no icings? I presume they couldn’t call a Time Out for the same reason.

  2. Fehr is out likely for the season after getting hit by a shot on his hand. Too bad. Him, Martin n Boyle were rolling along.

    • Yes..too bad!
      I would like to see Martin – Boyle- Hyman and for Babcock to audition Josh Leivo with Mathews and Nylander/Brown..

      That will be fun to watch.

      • TML can also call up Kalinin from the Marlies..

      • Why would you call up Kalinin, not even close to being the Marlies best player, let alone deserving of the call up. He`s a mistake that`s tied up Toronto`s hands, as far as signing free agents (college and jr.) Should never of taken him off waivers, still scratching my head over that move

      • Could he have been grabbed for the expansion draft Yogi, he seems to fit the requirements to expose him and allows the Leafs to keep the d-men they have for depth going forward.

      • He could of been claimed for that reason, but now they have no wiggle room as far as free agent signings. I can understand the Olesky/Fehr move especially if the deal that Vegas takes Fehr as it`s expansion pick. Toronto did have enough players under contract at the time to expose for the Draft, that was the reason they plucked Smith off of waivers

  3. Polak just got suspended 2 games for his hit. Seems like overkill for a guy with no suspension history who took a 5 minute major on the play. Just saying

    • He should have hired Ovie`s lawyer. Not only would have Polak gotten off, the NHL would have made Bjorkstrand apologize for getting in his way. The replays show Bjorkstrand turning at the last second which made it worse. Still, Polak could have eased up on the hit. I didn`t think the hit was worth 2 games. Again the NHL shows it`s no rhyme or reason method of handing out suspensions