NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 5, 2017
Game recaps, settlement on Vadim Shipachyov’s status and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Steven Stamkos’ shootout goal gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 5-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Stamkos’ teammates Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman each collected two points, while Blue Jackets’ Seth Jones and Markus Hannakainen also had two points.
Corey Crawford notched his second straight shutout as the Chicago Blackhawks blanked the Minnesota Wild 2-0. Artem Anisimov and Alex DeBrincat scored for the ‘Hawks.
Brock Boeser tallied his first career NHL hat trick as the Vancouver Canucks doubled up the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2, handing the latter their fourth loss in five games.
The Arizona Coyotes picked up their second win over the season by nipping the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Rookie star Clayton Keller scored his 10th goal of the season and also the winner in a shootout while goalie Antti Raanta made 36 saves.
Alex Pietrangelo scored twice and Brayden Schenn collected four assists to power the St. Louis Blues to a 6-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tyler Bozak scored twice and Matt Martin had three assists for the Leafs, who’ve now dropped six of their last eight games.
Viktor Arvidsson’s goal late in overtime gave the Nashville Predators a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Anze Kopitar had two assists in a losing effort for the Kings. Speaking of the Predators, longtime fan Ben Butzbach, aka “Big Ben”, recently passed away at 33.
Max Pacioretty’s overtime goal completed the comeback for the Montreal Canadiens, who overcame a 4-2 deficit to edge the Winnipeg Jets 5-4. Andrew Shaw scored twice and backup Al Montoya got the win. Jets’ stars Blake Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien each had two points.
Tom Wilson scored twice and Braden Holtby made 31 saves as the Washington Capitals downed the Boston Bruins 3-1. It was the Capitals’ 10th consecutive win over the Bruins.
Kevin Shattenkirk’s overtime goal gave the New York Rangers a 5-4 win over the Florida Panthers, giving the Blueshirts their third straight win and spoiling Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo’s return from injury. Shattenkirk had two goals and J.T. Miller collected three assists. Panthers’ winger Colton Sceviour also scored twice.
The Colorado Avalanche also picked up their third straight win on Miko Rantanen’s shootout goal to edge the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4. Rantanen’s teammates Matt Duchene and Tyson Barrie each had two points, as did Flyers winger Jakub Voracek.
Erik Haula and Jonathan Marchessault each had a three-point performance and Maxime Legace picked up his first NHL victory as the Vegas Golden Knights held on for a 5-4 win over the Ottawa Senators, snapping their three-game losing skid.
Speaking of the Golden Knights, the NHL and NHLPA have reached an agreement allowing unhappy forward Vadim Shipachyov to voluntarily retire from the NHL. That will get him out of his two-year contract with the Golden Knights and allow him to return to the KHL. It’s expected to be finalized on Monday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Signing Shipachyov, who struggled to adjust to the North American game, was among the few missteps by Vegas GM George McPhee. This saga will likely serve as a cautionary tale for NHL GMs keen on signing 30-or-older players who’ve spent their entire careers in Europe.
Four first-period goals carried the Dallas Stars to a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Tyler Seguin had two points and John Klingberg picked up three assists.
Joonas Donskoi scored in the sixth round of a shootout to give the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.
CALGARY SUN: Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic could miss tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils.
THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks forward Kevin Labanc could be headed to the minors. After netting six points in his first seven games, he has only one point in his last six contests.
NBC SPORTS: KHL president Dmitry Chernyshenko is threatening to prohibit all the league’s players from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea if the International Olympic Committee bars Russian athletes from those games over doping accusations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the NHL already out and the KHL threatening not to participate. the Men’s Olympic Hockey tournament could be like a World Junior Hockey Championship.