NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 27, 2017

by | Mar 27, 2017 | News, NHL

Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Eaves celebrates one of his two goals against the New York Rangers on Sunday.

Game recaps, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM:  Ryan Getzlaf collected four assists and Patrick Eaves scored twice as the Anaheim Ducks doubled up the New York Rangers 6-3. With the win, the Ducks (93 points) surged ahead of the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers for first place in the Pacific Division. The Rangers (96 points) failed to clinch a playoff spot but maintain a firm hold on the first wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. 

The Philadelphia Flyers kept their slim playoff hopes alive by thumping the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-2. The Flyers (78 points) moved within six of the Boston Bruins for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. It was a costly loss for the Pens, as winger Conor Sheary left the game with an unspecified injury and is listed as day-to-day.

Meanwhile, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is unconcerned over Ottawa Senators’ owner Eugene Melnyk’s harsh comments toward him over Crosby’s slashing the hand of Sens blueliner Marc Methot. “I’m just going to leave it,” Crosby said . “He likes to hear himself talk, so let’s leave it. It was four days ago.”

Andreas Anthanasiou scored in overtime as the Detroit Red Wings upset the Minnesota Wild 3-2. While the Wild clinched a playoff spot, they’ve gone 1-7-1 in their last nine games and 3-10-1 in their last 14. 

Adam Lowry scored the game winner as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Vancouver Canucks 2-1. The Jets played without defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (lower-body injury) and star rookie winger Patrik Laine (illness). 

Tyler Seguin’s overtime goal gave the Dallas Stars a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. 

CSN BAY AREA: San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture suffered a “ugly injury” after being struck in the mouth by a puck during his club’s loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Couture lost several teeth and it’s uncertain how long he’ll be sidelined.

Meanwhile, Sharks forward Micheal Haley has a disciplinary hearing scheduled for today with the NHL’s department of player safety for sucker-punching Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok. 

TORONTO SUN: No word yet as to the severity of the injury suffered by Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen during Saturday’s loss to the Buffalo Sabres. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A lengthy absence for Andersen could put the Leafs playoff hopes in jeopardy. With 85 points, they’re only one ahead of the Boston Bruins for third in the Atlantic Division and only three up on the New York Islanders in the Conference standings. 

MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad is not taking part in the club’s current road trip as he complained of a sore neck following last Tuesday’s game against Carolina. Ekblad had only recently returned from a concussion. 

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders forward Nikolay Kulemin was injured on Friday (upper body) and is questionable for today’s game against the Nashville Predators. 

USA TODAY: American NHL players could skip this year’s IIHF World Championships if USA Hockey uses replacement players at the upcoming women’s World Championships. The current members of the women’s team intend to boycott the tournament ” after negotiations that centered around more financial support stalled.”