NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 26, 2017
Game recaps, including the latest on Carey Price, Alex Ovechkin & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Alex Ovechkin took over 21st spot on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list (576 goals) with his 20th career hat trick to lead the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has 18 goals on the season, taking over top spot in this season’s goal-scoring lead.
Ovechkin accomplished this feat in front of one of his biggest fans, cancer survivor Alex Luey. The Capitals captain got Luey and his family tickets to the game, met the youngster before the game and gave him some of his game-worn gear afterwards.
After missing 10 games with a lower-body injury, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made a triumphant return with a 36-save, 3-0 shutout of the Buffalo Sabres, snapping the Habs five-game losing skid. It was the 40th shutout of Price’s career.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens still have a hard road ahead of them if they hope to grab a playoff spot this season. However, if Price stays healthy and maintains his usually dominant form, their odds will certainly improve.
The Vegas Golden Knights became the fastest team to win 15 games in an inaugural season by doubling up the Arizona Coyotes 4-2. Jonathan Marchessault had a goal and two assists for the Golden Knights, who maintain a two-point lead over the Los Angeles Kings for first place in the Pacific Division.
Speaking of the Kings, they edged the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 in a shootout. Dustin Brown tallied the game-tying goal late in the third and Trevor Lewis netted the winner in the shootout.
Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel each scored twice while backup goalie Tristan Jarry got his first career NHL victory as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2.
The good news for the Ottawa Senators is Matt Duchene finally scored his first goal since joining them earlier this month in a much-heralded three-team trade from Colorado. The bad news is it was the Sens’ only goal as they fell 2-1 to the New York Islanders. Ottawa’s losing streak is now at six games. The Isles, meanwhile, have won six of their last seven games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The acquisition of Duchene hasn’t panned out as hoped thus far. To be fair, it’s not his fault the Senators usually solid goaltending was shaky through most of their recent losses. Still, they were hoping for more production from the 26-year-old center.
Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists and Corey Crawford picked up the win in his 400th career NHL game as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Florida Panthers 4-1.
Logan Couture scored twice and Martin Jones turned in a 38-save shutout performance to carry the San Jose Sharks to a 4-0 blanking of the Winnipeg Jets. Jones, however, suffered a lower-body injury in the third period and will be reevaluated on Sunday.
Earlier in the day, the league fined Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot over $3,700.00 for butt-ending Anaheim’s Corey Perry on the chin on Friday. Jets fan Kyle Klatt has set up a gofundme page to raise money towards Chiarot’s fine and contribute the money to a local charity.
Jaden Schwartz scored twice as the St. Louis Blues tamed the Minnesota Wild 6-3. Alex Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko and Colton Parayko each collected two assists for the Blues.
The New Jersey Devils blew a two-goal lead over the Detroit Red Wings but got the victory in overtime on a goal by Brian Gibbons. The 29-year-old winger, who failed to stick with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets, lead the Devils with 11 goals this season.
Mikael Backlund tallied his 100th career NHL goal and backup David Rittich made 24 saves for his first career NHL win as the Calgary Flames edged the Colorado Avalanche 3-2.
SPORTSNET: Former NHL enforcer Riley Cote is advocating the use of cannabis “for holistic approaches to wellness for current and retired athletes.” Cannabis isn’t on the NHL’s list of banned substances because it’s not considered a performance-enhancing drug but it’s not officially condoned and is among the drugs players are tested for under the league’s substance-abuse program.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t expect the NHL to embrace the use of medical cannabis anytime soon. As marijuana is legalized or laws against its usage are loosened, perhaps the league will eventually adjust its drug policy.