NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 8, 2017

by | Mar 8, 2017 | News, NHL | 9 comments

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist collected his 404th career win in a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.

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. 


  1. Julien has the habs rolling king and benn were great pickups at the deadline!

  2. Seattle or KC seem like more realistic options than creating even more imbalance or travel issues by moving another team west to east.

    • I’m betting Seattle – although KC has a rink ready for occupancy. The only fly in the ointment there is, they have no one stepping up with the big bucks and have already lost a franchise once – and two failed cracks at the can in Atlanta may make them gun-shy about that sort of move.

  3. Bettman should be fired for the idea of Arizona team being there in the first place. This guys supposed to lead the NHL to new heights
    He’s finally saying the end is coming when the team was bankruptcy he should have realized it then.

  4. The Sabres continue to pile on the losses. Games like the 6-3 loss to the Flyers are why they may not qualify for postseason play.

    Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen produced a plus-minus -5 rating and two giveaways. I wonder if he trades places with Dmitri Kulikov in the press box.

    Goaltender Robin Lehner continues to disappoint with six goals allowed. I would like to see the Sabres recall Linus Ullmark from Rochester for a few games.

    Eichel was the Sabres’ best player of the game with two goals and one assist.

    • Lehner needs to play Ottawa 82 times a year. If I’m the owner I’m asking him why he can’t play more games against other opposition like he does every time he meets Ottawa.

      As for the playoffs. with96 points looking to be the cut-off in the east, do you honestly think Buffalo – playing at a points % of .493 to date – can increase that to 1.000 over the last 15 games to get the need 30 points? That ship sailed a month ago.

      • Lehner may have a good save percentage and a goals against average. Those do not make him a better goaltender. When Lehner is allowing four or six goals a game, it becomes necessary to question head coach Dan Bylsma why he rides an underachieving goaltender.

        The Sabres dug themselves into a deep hole early in the season. Add more losses and inactivity at the trade deadline to miss postseason play for the sixth consecutive season.

        Bylsma and general manager Tim Murray will need to explain their actions at the end of the season. Both should be on the hot seat.

  5. How the yotes are still in Arizona and have been for so long is baffling to me.

    If I were an owner in the league I wouldn’t be too happy with that situation. I believe the NHL has stepped in to help them financially no?

    I think this is one of those cases where Count Bettman’s ego has got the best of him… again

  6. I know you guys won’t want to hear this, but it’s Hartford.