NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 8, 2017
Game recaps, latest on the Coyotes ongoing arena saga & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Henrik Lundqvist collected his 404th career NHL win as the New York Rangers downed the Florida Panthers 5-2. Lundqvist passes Grant Fuhr to sit 10th on the all-time wins list. He also reached 30 wins for the 11th time in 12 seasons.
Earlier in the day, the Panthers announced the signing of former captain Olli Jokinen to a one-day contract, allowing him to retire a Florida Panther. Jokinen spent seven seasons with the Panthers and is their franchise leader in several offensive categories, including goals (188) and points (419).
Patrick Eaves shootout goal lifted the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators. Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists for the Ducks.
Paul Byron’s overtime goal gave the Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The Habs have now won six straight games.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves for his third consecutive shutout as the Columbus Blue Jackets blanked the New Jersey Devils 2-0. Bobrovsky has six shutouts this season.
Jake Allen made 32 saves to backstop the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.
Joshua Ho-Sang scored his first NHL goal and Anders Lee tallied twice to give the New York Islanders a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Alexey Marchenko scored against his old club as the Leafs took a 3-0 lead over the Detroit Red Wings and held on for a 3-2 victory. Before the game, the Wings revealed defenseman Ryan Sproul will miss the remainder of the season with a left-knee injury.
Radko Gudas had a goal and two assists as the Philadelphia Flyers doubled up the Buffalo Sabres 6-3. Jack Eichel scored twice and set up another for the Sabres.
Tyson Barrie had a goal and two assists to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman stressed the need for the Arizona Coyotes to have a new arena. He threatened to move the club out of Arizona if the state legislature fails to approve $225 million in public financing for a new arena in downtown Phoenix or the East Valley. “The Arizona Coyotes must have a new arena location to succeed,” Bettman wrote. “The Coyotes cannot and will not remain in Glendale.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I would argue the Coyotes need stable ownership and management to succeed. Still, there’s no denying they would benefit from an arena in a better location closer to downtown Phoenix. Since 2009, Bettman fought hard to keep the Coyotes in Arizona, but it appears his patience isn’t bottomless. If the franchise is moved, Quebec City, Kansas City, Seattle and Portland top the list of potential destinations.
CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins winger Ryan Spooner is out indefinitely with a concussion.
CALGARY SUN: Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton and center Sean Monahan were honored by the club for their charity work.
TSN: In the second day of meetings among NHL general managers in Boca Raton, Florida, they revealed no desire for any rule changes at this time. However, they are expected to debate changes to the bye week rule today.