NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 28, 2017

by | Mar 28, 2017 | News, NHL

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Yanni Gourde celebrates his overtime goal against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Game recaps, stars of the week and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Yanni Gourde scored in overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning overcame a three-goal deficit to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4. Jonathan Drouin scored twice for the Bolts (83 points), who moved to within one point of the Boston Bruins for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. 

Anthony Mantha scored two goals and Andreas Athanasiou scored his second straight overtime goal as the Detroit Red Wings edged the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3. Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack was stretchered from the ice following that goal as Athanasiou was pushed into Lack as the winger was driving to the net. Lack was taken to hospital but later tweeted he was okay and would be released later that night. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes (80 points) did pick up a point to move within four of the Bruins for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. 

Goals by Kevin Fiala, Viktor Arvidson and Ryan Johansen powered the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders. With 89 points, the Preds are third in the Central Division, one point up on the St. Louis Blues. The Isles (82 points) failed to gain ground on the Bruins, sitting two points back and falling to 10th in the Conference. Earlier in the day, the Islanders also learned forward Nikolay Kulemin could miss the remainder of the season with an upper-body injury

Sean Monahan scored a goal and set up three others to lead the Calgary Flames to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. The Flames (90 points) sit two ahead of the Blues in the first wild-card berth in the Western Conference and are only one point behind the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers for second in the Pacific Division. 

Jaden Schwartz scored two goals to give the Blues a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. With 88 points, the Blues have a firm hold on the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference, 11 points up on the Los Angeles Kings. 

Brian Gionta scored a goal in his 1,000 career NHL game to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers.

Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov, Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lethonen and Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf are the top-three stars for the week ending March 26. 

TORONTO SUN:  Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is listed as day-to-day due to possible head trauma (possibly a jaw injury). He took part in a short workout yesterday and spoke with reporters soon afterward, saying he intends to be cautious and take it slow with his recovery. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks forward Micheal Haley received a one-game suspension for sucker-punching Nashville Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes majority owner Andrew Barroway is exploring the possibility of buying out his minority owners. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The relocation of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas means significant competition for the NHL’s expansion Vegas Golden Knights for potential corporate sponsors. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s no competition here. The Raiders will scoop up the most lucrative sponsors, leaving their scraps for the Golden Knights.