NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 21, 2017

by | Oct 21, 2017 | News, NHL

Game recaps, Wings sign Athanasiou, Gudbranson suspended & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

 NHL.COM: Alex Ovechkin netted his NHL record-setting 20th career overtime goal as the Washington Capitals edged the Detroit Red Wings 4-3. It was also Ovechkin’s league-leading 10th goal of the season. Tomas Tatar scored twice for the Red Wings. 

Patrik Laine scored twice, Blake Wheeler collected his 200th career NHL goal and coach Paul Maurice got his 600th career win as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Minnesota Wild 4-3. 

Conor Sheary’s late third-period goal lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers. Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel each had a goal and an assist. Earlier in the period, Sheary accidentally collided with Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo, who left the game with a right-hand injury

Martin Jones turned in a 28-save shutout performance backstopping the San Jose Sharks to a 3-0 blanking of the New Jersey Devils. Earlier in the day, the Devils placed goaltender Cory Schneider (lower-body injury) on injured reserve but they hope he’ll only miss one game. 

Derek Grant scored twice and John Gibson made 49 saves to give the Anaheim Ducks a 6-2 win over the luckless Montreal Canadiens. It was a costly win for the Ducks as defenseman Cam Fowler left the game with an apparent right-knee injury

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks are already missing Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen from their blueline. Both, however, are expected to return soon. Remains to be seen how long Fowler will be sidelined. As for the Habs, same old story. Lots of shots with little to show for it and a suddenly mortal Carey Price unable to save them from their costly defensive breakdowns.

Derek Dorsett scored twice and set up another to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. The Canucks were playing without defenseman Erik Gudbranson, who received a one-game suspension for boarding Boston Bruins forward Frankie Vatrano. 

DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings’ contract impasse with winger Andreas Athanasiou is over, as the two sides agreed to a one-year, $1.3875 million deal. The Wings, however, must clear sufficient salary-cap space to absorb that number before the deal can become official. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wings general manager Ken Holland said he’s got a bit of time to free up sufficient space before Athanasiou officially signs the contract and rejoins the club. A trade is likely, as well as demoting a player to the minor. I’ll have more on this later this morning in my Rumors section. 

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is expected to miss eight weeks with a broken right fibula. Paul Postma will replace McQuaid on the Boston blueline. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes’ rookie forward Clayton Keller leads all NHL rookies in goals (five) and is tied for second in points. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Keller’s play is among the few brights spots in an otherwise miserable start for the winless Coyotes. Keep an eye on this kid. He has the talent to be an NHL star. Perhaps he’ll become the franchise player they need to build around.