NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 10, 2018
Game recaps, injury and waiver updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The New York Islanders scored a franchise-record four goals in the same power play late in the third period to overcome a three-goal deficit on route to a wild 7-6 overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Isles forward Brock Nelson tallied a hat trick (including the game winner) and rookie center Mathew Barzal collected five assists. Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg had four points and Anthony Mantha scored two goals. The Isles also welcomed back defenseman Johnny Boychuk from an 18-game absence due to a lower-body injury.
Third-period goals by Rick Nash and Mika Zibanejad lifted the New York Rangers to their first victory in four games by edging the Calgary Flames 4-3. The Rangers were playing without defenseman Ryan McDonagh (upper-body injury), who’s listed as day-to-day and likely sidelined for the next two games. Earlier in the day, the Flames announced winger Troy Brouwer is week-to-week with a fractured cheek.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice while teammates Jaden Schwartz and Alexander Steen each had a goal and an assist to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets, moving within two points of the Jets for first place in the Central Division. Winnipeg center Mark Scheifele was held scoreless in his return from a 16-game absence due to an upper-body injury. The Blues, meanwhile, learned shot-blocking defenseman Joel Edmundson will be sidelined for six weeks following surgery on a fractured right forearm.
The Dallas Stars got three assists from Jamie Benn while Tyler Seguin scored the winner in a shootout to nip the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3.
Jay Beagle and Lars Eller scored within a span of 1:28 in the third period as the Washington Capitals doubled up the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2. Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov had a two-point performance.
The Los Angeles Kings’ 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers brought the latter’s five-game win streak to a half. Kings defenseman Derek Forbort collected three assists while goaltender Jonathan Quick made 35 saves.
John Gibson kicked out 30 shots while Hampus Lindholm scored a goal and set up another as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2.
First-period goals by Brett Pesce, Phillip Di Giuseppe and Sebastian Aho carried the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. A wrist injury kept Canucks star forward Brock Boeser out of the lineup. It is apparently unrelated to the surgery he had in December 2016.
TSN: New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith and Carolina Hurricanes forwards Marcus Kruger and Josh Jooris all cleared waivers yesterday and were assigned to the AHL.
THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks winger Joel Ward is sidelined indefinitely with an upper-body injury.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators yesterday announced the re-signing of general manager Pierre Dorion to a three-year contract. The club also announced Tom Anselmi has stepped down as team president and CEO after less than a year in the role. They also signed defenseman Ben Harpur to a two-year, one-way contract extension worth $1.45 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whatever direction the Senators intend to take with their upcoming retool/rebuild, it’s apparent team owner Eugene Melnyk has confidence in Dorion to get the job done. Some Sens fans might disagree by pointing to the club’s poor performance this season but it’s obvious that last season’s run to the Eastern Conference Final earned him Melnyk’s trust. Anselmi’s departure apparently wasn’t tied to Dorion’s new contract.
CBC.CA: Former NHL star Dave (Tiger) Williams “has been charged by military police with sexual assault in connection with an incident that took place aboard an air force flight.”