NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 19, 2018
Game recaps, Flyers honor Eric Lindros plus latest on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jake Muzzin and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Sean Couturier’s overtime goal gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, handing the latter their fourth straight defeat. The Flyers rallied from a 2-0 deficit on third-period goals by Nolan Patrick and Wayne Simmonds. Before the game, the Flyers honored Hall of Fame center Eric Lindros by retiring his No. 88 to the rafters.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A well-deserved recognition for Lindros, who was one of the most dominant players of his generation. Following the game, soft-spoken Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen voiced his unhappiness over his club’s sputtering performance of late.
The Vegas Golden Knights snapped a two-game losing skid and picked up their 30th win of the season by downing the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1. David Perron had a two-point game, as did teammate Deryk Engelland, who also collected his 100th career NHL point.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Golden Knights (63 points) are not only the top team in the Western Conference, they also moved to within two points of the Lightning in the overall standings.
The Boston Bruins extended their points streak to 15 games with a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders. Bruins center Patrice Bergeron tallied a hat trick while Brad Marchand had a three-point night.
The Colorado Avalanche continue to roll, picking up their eighth consecutive win by defeating the San Jose Sharks 5-3. Avs goalie Jonathan Bernier made 45 saves while Nathan MacKinnon and Miko Rantanen each collected three points. The Avalanche hold the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s growing concern among Sharks followers over the play of starting goaltender Martin Jones. Since returning from an injury on Dec. 2, his save percentage is just .886 through 13 games. That’s quite a decline from the .930 SP before his injury.
Rick Nash scored twice and set up Pavel Buchnevich’s game-winning goal as the New York Rangers beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3.
A three-goal second period carried the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Brayden Schenn and Alexander Steen each scored a goal and collected an assist.
Casey DeSmith made 28 saves for his first NHL victory backstopping the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings, who’ve now dropped five straight games. Pens forward Patric Hornqvist scored two goals. Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin returned to action after missing three games with an upper-body injury.
Taylor Hall scored in overtime as the New Jersey Devils edged the Washington Capitals 4-3. Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen collected three assists while Capitals winger Brett Connolly scored two goals.
The Columbus Blue Jackets nipped the Dallas Stars 2-1. Artemi Panarin scored the only goal in the shootout while goaltender Joonas Korpisalo made 35 saves for the win.
Ryan Ellis’ goal late in the third period set the stage for Craig Smith’s shootout winner as the Nashville Predators squeaked past the Arizona Coyotes 3-2.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers placed center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on injured reserve with a bruised sternum.