NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 7, 2017
Game recaps. stars of the week and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Joe Thornton became the 13th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000 assist mark while Joe Pavelski scored two goals as the San Jose Sharks edged the Winnipeg Jets 3-2. Earlier in the day, the Jets announced goaltender Ondrej Pavelec underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and could be sidelined for a month.
Kari Lehtonen made 42 saves and Patrick Sharp had a goal and an assist to give the Dallas Stars a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals, snapping the latter’s 15-game home winning streak.
Alex Burrows had a goal and an assist while Dion Phaneuf and Erik Karlsson each collected two assists as the Ottawa Senators doubled up the Boston Bruins 4-2.
Antti Raanta made 38 saves and Mika Zibanejad tallied the only goal as the New York Rangers blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0.
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price were the NHL stars for the week ending March 5, 2017.
TSN: The opening day of this week’s meeting of NHL general managers in Florida was spent basically spitballing ideas over what the league could look like within a decade. Much of the discussion was based on ideas about generating more offense.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It doesn’t sound as though any of the ideas bandied about, such a larger nets or changing the location of the faceoff dots in each zone, will be implemented anytime soon.
ESPN.COM: NHL officials believe protocols put in place two years ago to address a widespread outbreak of mumps have helped curtail the latest outbreak among several players on the Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks winger Artemi Panarin issued an apology for a racially charged comment about black women that he made during an interview on Russian TV several years ago. “In 2012, I was a guest on a Russian TV show and made insensitive comments that I deeply regret,” Panarin said in a statement the Blackhawks released to the Tribune. “I understand my comments are offensive and I apologize for my hurtful words.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Panarin’s comment, saying the one thing he’d never do was sleep with a black woman, appeared to be a poor attempt at humor on his part.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights made their first-ever player transaction on Monday, signing junior free agent center Reid Duke to a three-year entry-level contract.