NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 24, 2018
Game recaps plus updates on Brad Marchand, Joe Thornton, Cory Schneider and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins extended their points streak to 17 games with a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. Bruins winger Brad Marchand could face supplemental discipline as the league is reviewing his hit to the head of Devils forward Marcus Johansson. Meanwhile. Devils starting goalie Cory Schneider left the game after two periods with a lower-body injury. A further update on Schneider could be made later today.
The Colorado Avalanche’s 10-game points streak came to an end as they feel 4-2 to the Montreal Canadiens. Jonathan Drouin got the better of his friend and former Halifax Mooseheads linemate Nathan MacKinnon by tallying a goal and two assists for the Canadiens.
William Karlsson scored twice as the Vegas Golden Knights downed the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3. The Golden Knights are one victory away from tying the Anaheim Ducks and Florida Panthers for most wins (33) by a team in its inaugural season.
Travis Konecny tallied his second overtime goal in as many games to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. It’s the Flyers eighth win in their last nine games. The win vaults the Flyers into a tie with the New Jersey Devils for third place in the Metropolitan Division.
The Dallas Stars extended their points streak to five games by thumping the Florida Panthers 6-1. Alexander Radulov scored twice, including his 20th goal of the season. Stars captain Jamie Benn also picked up his 20th goal. Panthers goaltender James Reimer left the game early in the first period with an undisclosed injury. A further update on his condition is expected today.
Bryan Little scored in overtime as the Winnipeg Jets beat the San Jose Sharks 5-4. It was a costly loss for the Sharks, as center Joe Thornton left the game with an apparent injury to his right knee. He had surgery on his left knee last summer. Sharks winger Tomas Hertl was also ejected from the game for boarding Jets defenseman Dmitry Kulikov.
John Gibson kicked out 41 shots and Ryan Getzlaf collected three points to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 6-3 win over the New York Rangers. Rick Nash tallied twice for the Rangers.
Jack Eichel had a four-point game (one goal, three assists), Ryan O’Reilly scored twice and Robin Lehner turned in a 33-save shutout performance to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-0 beatdown of the Edmonton Oilers. Earlier in the day, the Sabres placed defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (upper body) on injured reserve.
The Los Angeles Kings suffering their seventh loss in eight games falling 6-2 to the Vancouver Canucks. Brock Boeser and Loui Eriksson each scored twice for the Canucks.
Jean-Sebastien Dea’s first NHL goal was a game winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby picked up his 1,079th career point, tying Jaromir Jagr for second place among the club’s all-time points leaders. Earlier in the day, the Hurricanes activated defenseman Brett Pesce from injured reserve.
Yanni Gourde’s overtime goal lifted the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators. Lightning winger Chris Kunitz had a three-point performance. In a surprising move, Bolts rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev was a healthy scratch.
Carter Hutton made 25 saves as the St. Louis Blues shut out the Ottawa Senators 3-0.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock, former Edmonton Oilers winger Ryan Smyth and two-time Olympic champion Danielle Goyette were named Order of Canada in Hockey honourees.
NEWSDAY: Sources say the New York Islanders are closing in on a deal that will see them play some of their games at Nassau Coliseum in the years leading up to the opening of their new arena in Belmont Park.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The New York Post’s Larry Brooks lists the logistical headaches for the Isles players and staff shuttling between the Coliseum and Barclays Center.
TSN: Former Dallas Stars winger Valeri Nichushkin is among the Russian athletes barred from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
SPORTING NEWS: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has met with Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan as the city moves toward landing an expansion franchise.
Hearing the Senators and NCC will make a positive announcement on Thursday, concerning an overarching land agreement on LeBreton Flats. One small step in the right direction.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) January 23, 2018