NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 21, 2018
Games recaps, including a big night for Islanders rookie Ryan Pulock, plus the latest on Carey Price, Martin Jones & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Defenseman Ryan Pulock had a five-point game (one goal and four assists) as the New York Islanders thumped the Chicago Blackhawks 7-3. Chicago winger Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists to become the fifth player in Blackhawks history to reach 800 points. He also notched his 20th goal of the season.
The red-hot Colorado Avalanche picked up their ninth straight win by downing the New York Rangers 3-1. Nathan MacKinnon, Miko Rantanen and Erik Johnson each had a goal and an assist.
The Boston Bruins extended their points streak to 16 games (12-0-4) with a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. David Pastrnak scored twice for the Bruins. Before the game, the Canadiens honored legendary sportswriter Red Fisher, who passed away Friday at age 91.
Earlier in the day, Canadiens goaltender Carey Price revealed he was diagnosed last year with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. He credits a change of diet with improving his performance. Before the diagnosis and being sidelined by a lower-body injury, he began the season with a 3-7-1 record and a save percentage of .877. Since his returns. his record was 10-8-3 with a .923 save percentage.
The Nashville Predators won their fifth straight game by beating the Florida Panthers 4-3. Kevin Fiala tallied twice while teammates Nick Bonino and Calle Jarnkrok each had three points.
Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler scored in a shootout as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Calgary Flames 2-1. Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for the win.
Three unanswered third-period goals by Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and Connor Carrick rallied the Toronto Maple Leafs from a 3-1 deficit to a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Matthews’ goal was also his 20th of the season.
Mattias Janmark scored twice, John Klingberg collect three assists and Alexander Radulov picked up his 200th career NHL point as the Dallas Stars crushed the Buffalo Sabres 7-1.
The Minnesota Wild extended their home points streak to eight games with a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, who’ve dropped three straight and lost five of their last seven games.
Aaron Dell made 31 saves and Tomas Hertl scored the game winner as the San Jose Sharks nipped the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1. Earlier in the day, the Sharks announced starting goalie Martin Jones is day-to-day with a “minor lower-body injury”. Head coach Pete DeBoer said it is unrelated to the ailment Jones suffered earlier in the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I wonder if Jones’ recent injury explains the downturn in his performance since returning to action in early-December.
The Edmonton Oilers got their third straight victory by downing the Vancouver Canucks 5-2. Oilers winger Jesse Puljujarvi scored a goal and set up two others while teammate Patrick Maroon scored two goals. Speaking of the Oilers, Paul Coffey is expected to rejoin the organization in “an active, skills-type role.”
A three-goal first period power the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Travis Konecny had a goal and an assist while Michal Neuvirth made 28 saves.
Two power-play goals by Elias Lindholm carried the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
A four-game first period enable the Arizona Coyotes to snap a 12-game losing skid with a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Christian Dvorak tallied two goals for the Coyotes.
CBS SPORTS: The Vegas Golden Knights returned defenseman Jason Garrison to their AHL affiliate in Chicago.