NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 14, 2018
Game recaps, injury updates plus the latest on Mathew Barzal, Joe Thornton and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: New York Islanders rookie center Mathew Barzal collected his second five-point game (two goals, three assists) of the season to power his club to a 7-2 thumping of the New York Rangers. Jordan Eberle picked up four assists and Anthony Beauvillier scored twice. Isles forward Casey Cizikas could be sidelined for a lengthy period as he left the game with an upper-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Barzal (44 points) vaulted over Vancouver Canucks winger Brock Boeser (40 points) for top spot among this season’s rookie scoring leaders.
San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton moved passed Adam Oates into 17th place on the NHL all-time points list (1,421) during his club’s 6-5 overtime victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Thornton scored a goal and added two helpers while teammate Joonas Donskoi tallied twice.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thornton and Calgary’s Jaromir Jagr are the only active players among the league’s top-50 all-time scorers.
Darnell Nurse’s overtime goal lifted the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. Oilers captain Connor McDavid had two assists, picking up his 200th career NHL point on his 21st birthday. Edmonton winger Milan Lucic narrowly avoided a serious injury when he was cut on the neck by an errant skate.
Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and set up two others leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The Wings also lost forwards Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm to lower-body injuries.
A shootout goal by Brad Marchand gave the Boston Bruins a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens. A scary moment took place in the second period, when Canadiens center Phillip Danault was stretchered from the ice after being stuck in the head by a slapshot from Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara. Danault was taken to hospital for observation and was reported as conscious and moving. No word as to how long he’ll be sidelined.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Danault hasn’t suffered any serious effects from that shot. Chara was visibly shaken by the incident and stayed close to the downed Habs forward until he was carried from the ice. He also followed up on Danault’s status during and following the game.
Sean Couturier’s two goals powered the Philadelphia Flyers to their fourth straight victory as they defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-3, handing the latter their sixth straight loss.
Ondrej Case scored twice and set up another as the Anaheim Ducks doubled up the Los Angeles Kings 4-2. Before the game, the Kings also honored Bob Miller by unveiling a statue of their former long-time play-by-play man.
Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba scored twice to help his clubs down the Winnipeg Jets 4-1. Jets goaltender Steve Mason returned to Winnipeg for evaluation after being struck in the mask by a shot during practice on Friday. Forward Shawn Matthias also sat out the game with an upper-body injury.
The Colorado Avalanche notched their 23rd victory of the season by beating the Dallas Stars 4-1. The Avs now have more wins this season than they had throughout 2016-17.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning yesterday placed forward J.T. Brown on waivers.