NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 3, 2017
Game recaps, injury updates, Ovechkin supports Putin and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Lars Eller scored twice and Braden Holtby made 35 saves to give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders. Anders Lee also scored two goals for the Isles. Earlier in the day, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin made headlines by announcing a “social movement” to support Russian president Vladimir Putin in that country’s presidential election next year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ovechkin said he’s supporting his country and his stance is not about “political stuff.” He’s had a close relationship with Putin for years. The Russian president is considered a dictatorial strongman. Ovechkin’s position might not sit well with his North American fans but it’s unlikely to seriously hurt his popularity. Indeed, most of the negative reaction thus far seems to be coming from pundits.
Semyon Varlamov made 57 saves to carry the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-3 decision over the Carolina Hurricanes, setting an Avs team record.
Mark Scheifele scored a hat trick and Blake Wheeler collected three assists to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars. Earlier in the day, the Stars announced sidelined forward Brett Ritchie (upper-body injury) has returned to Dallas.
Tyler Toffoli scored twice and Tanner Pearson picked up three assists as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3. With a record of 10-2-1, the Kings matched their best start in franchise history.
Josh Anderson and Oliver Bjorkstrand each scored twice and Boone Jenner collected three points to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 7-3 win over the Florida Panthers. Vincent Trochek had three points for the Panthers, who’ve lost four of their last five games.
Benoit Pouliot had a three-point game and Ryan O’Reilly had three assists as the Buffalo Sabres held on for a 5-4 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Earlier in the day, the Coyotes placed Adam Clendening on waivers.
Mike Smith made 43 saves and Mark Giordano scored in overtime as the Calgary Flames edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1.
Matt Cullen celebrated his 41st birthday with a goal and an assist to help the Minnesota Wild thump the Montreal Canadiens 6-3. Habs goaltender Carey Price has given up four-or-more goals in four of his last five games. Brendan Gallagher scored twice for the Canadiens.
Michal Neuvirth turned in a 33-save shutout performance backstopping the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues.
J.T. Miller’s overtime goal lifted the New York Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Mark Stone had a goal and an assist to help the Ottawa Senators clip the Detroit Red Wings 3-1.
Tuukka Rask made 28 saves and Sean Kuraly’s first NHL goal was the game winner as the Boston Bruins nipped the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1, handing the latter their third straight defeat.
THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic is listed as day-to-day with an apparent head injury.