NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 23, 2017
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.