NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 3, 2017
Game recaps, long-time Kings play-by-play man Bob Miller retires & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Paul Byron’s goal in the dying seconds of regulation lifted the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators. Before the game, the Canadiens played a video honoring Preds defenseman – and former Hab – P.K. Subban, bringing the blueliner to tears as he received a lengthy standing ovation from Montreal fans.
Alex Burrows had a memorable debut with the Ottawa Senators, scoring twice to lead his new club to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Burrows joined the Sens in a recent trade from the Vancouver Canucks.
Valtteri Filppula’s first goal with the Philadelphia Flyers tied their game with the Florida Panthers and set the stage for Jakub Voracek’s shootout marker in a 2-1 win. Filppula was dealt to the Flyers on Wednesday from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo left the game in the first period with a nagging groin injury and will be sidelined for a week.
Sergei Bobrovsky turned in a 38-save shutout performance and Brandon Saad netted the game’s only goal in the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 1-0 win over the Minnesota Wild.
The Washington Capitals collected their 14th straight home win as Jakub Vrana tallied the game’s only goal to edge the New Jersey Devils 1-0.
Henrik Lundqvist tied Grant Fuhr for 10th on the all-time wins list (403) as the New York Rangers held on for a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins.
Logan Couture had a goal and an assist in the San Jose Sharks’ 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. It was a costly victory for the Sharks, as defenseman David Schlemko was sidelined for the final two periods with a possible lower-body injury.
Third-period goals by Nick Leddy, Dennis Seidenberg and Nikolay Kulemin gave the New York Islanders a 5-4 win over the Dallas Stars. Ryan Strome had a goal and two assists for the Isles, while Jamie Benn scored twice for the Stars.
Anze Kopitar scored the winner in a shootout as the Los Angeles Kings rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2.
Jack Eichel and Ryan O’Reilly each had a three-point night (one goal, two assists) as the Buffalo Sabres doubled up the Arizona Coyotes 6-3, snapping a four-game losing skid.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Long-time Kings play-by-play announcer Bob Miller announced his retirement after nearly 44 years behind the mike. The effects of quadruple bypass surgery and two strokes within the past year have forced the 78-year-old Miller from the game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Miller in his retirement. It truly is the end of an era for the Kings.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings legend Ted Lindsay expressed his gratitude to fans for the outpouring of sympathy following the death of his wife Joanne, who passed away on Feb. 23.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Belated and sincere condolences to Lindsay and his family.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: PETA criticized the NHL’s use of live penguins during its pregame entertainment at the recent Stadium Series game at Heinz Field between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers.