NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 3, 2017

by | Nov 3, 2017 | News, NHL | 5 comments

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. 



  1. Why wouldn’t ovi support him. He’s a star out there and Purim in charge means he is always upper echelon in society.

  2. Since they’re here to entertain us, it’s neither relevant to us nor is it our business as to what political stances athletes take. Let them support whoever they want politically and religiously. As long as their product on the ice is appropriately entertaining we have no business in their personal affairs any more than we have business in each others.

    • Exactly. Which is why I think they are wrong to use nationally-televised events (same with TV/movie “stars”) to express their political views since they are being paid huge amounts through the grace of the fans – who pay on site or are targets of the advertisers – who want to see them do what they are being paid to do and nothing else. If they want to spout off or demonstrate on their own ticket like anyone else, then sure, by all means fill their boots. Otherwise, STFU.

      • Stop watching and buying tickets and market forces will force a stop.

  3. A huge part of the Pens success over the past 2 years has been from promoting from within. That is a big reason why I didn’t like or understand signing Niemi or Hunwick last summer. It’s only one game but Jarry was light years of an improvement over Niemi. Yes they still lost another back to back but they weren’t blown out of the game in the first period and they probably would have won the game had it not been for stellar play by Mike Smith. Yes Jarry needs to play as much as possible and I get that but he also needs to play NHL games because he is an NHL caliber player. If he keeps it up then that takes a ton or pressure off of Murray. This Tom Kuhnhackle on the Malkin line has to stop, he’s a very solid defensive player but is not a threat offensively. Haglen has been a disaster this year and Sheahan is over his head playing with Guentzel and Kessel. They still need a 3C badly, although if Guentzel is going to play on the third line anyways and as a centre on the second PP he might as well play 3C with Kessel and Rust on the wings. Puts Sheahan on the fourth line where he belongs and knocks McKegg out of the lineup where he belongs. But anyways my point is a much better effort on the second game of b2b and they need to tweak the lineup a bit.