NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 26, 2018
Game recaps plus updates on Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Joe Thornton and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Alex Ovechkin reached the 30-goal plateau for the 13th time and collected his 500th career NHL assist as the Washington Capitals doubled up the Florida Panthers 4-2. Ovechkin is just the sixth player in NHL history to tally 30 goals in 13 consecutive seasons, joining Mike Gartner (15), Jaromir Jagr (15), Wayne Gretzky (13), Phil Esposito (13) and Mike Bossy (13).
Earlier in the day, the Panthers learned goaltender James Reimer will miss at least the next two weeks with a groin injury.
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel each collected three points to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild, snapping the latter’s six-game points streak. With 1,082 career points, Crosby surpassed Jaromir Jagr to move into second place on the Penguins all-time points leader list.
The New York Rangers broke out of a three-game losing skid by beating the San Jose Sharks 6-5. Ryan McDonagh scored twice and teammate J.T. Miller collected three points for the Rangers. Logan Couture scored two goals for the Sharks.
Earlier in the day, the Sharks learned center Joe Thornton will be sidelined indefinitely after undergoing athroscopic surgery on his right knee.
The Boston Bruins pushed their points streak to 18 games (14-0-4) by edging the Ottawa Senators 3-2. Jake DeBrusk scored the winner in the third period while teammate Patrice Bergeron added two assists.
The Senators got some good news earlier in the day, as the club (through the Rendezvous Lebreton Group) has an agreement in principle with the National Capital Commission to develop LeBreton Flats. A new arena in downtown Ottawa could be opened by 2022.
Adam Henrique scored in regulation and also potted the winner in a shootout to give the Anaheim Ducks a 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. The Ducks had to finish the game without starting goaltender John Gibson, who left late in the third period with a lower-body injury.
Pekka Rinne kicked out 27 shots as the Nashville Predators blanked the New Jersey Devils 3-0, handing the latter their fourth straight loss.
Earlier in the day, it was announced Devils forward Brian Boyle would replace sidelined teammate Taylor Hall at this weekend’s NHL All-Star Game in Tampa. The Predators also learned forward Cody McLeod was claimed off waivers by the New York Rangers.
The Chicago Blackhawks snapped a four-game losing skid as Alex DeBrincat’s hat trick carried them to a 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
The New York Islanders upset the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1, ending the latter’s 12-game home winning streak. Isles goalie Jaroslav Halak picked up the win with a 38-save effort.
The Tampa Bay Lightning picked up their third straight win by downing the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1. Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves while teammate Vladislav Namestnikov scored twice.
Curtis McElhinney turned aside 39 shots while teammate Nazem Kadri scored two goals to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars.
Connor McDavid’s shootout goal gave the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames. While it’s the Flames fourth straight loss, they extended their points streak to 11 games. Brandon Davidson scored twice for the Oilers.
Carter Hutton made 36 saves backstopping the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. It’s the Avs second straight defeat following a 10-game winning streak.
Earlier in the day, the Blues placed forward Magnus Paajarvi on waivers to make room for returning winger Jaden Schwartz.
Columbus Blue Jackets winger Cam Atkinson wasted little time making an impact in his first game back from injury, scoring the game winner as his club nipped the Arizona Coyotes 2-1.
The Carolina Hurricanes prevailed in a wild 6-5 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Teuvo Teravainen scored twice and Noah Hanifin had three assists for the Canes. Charles Hudon scored twice for the Canadiens, who rallied three times to tie the game.
Robin Lehner made 30 saves for his second straight shutout as the Buffalo Sabres blanked the Vancouver Canucks 4-0.