NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 11, 2018
Game recaps, Capitals re-sign Eller and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Goaltender Andrej Vasilevskiy stopped 44 shots, including an impressive behind-the-back glove save, for his league-leading 33rd victory as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Los Angeles Kings 4-3. Before the game, the Lightning honored Vincent Lecavalier by retiring his No. 4 to the rafters.
Mitch Marner enjoyed a five-point performance (two goals, three assists) as the Toronto Maple Leafs thumped the Ottawa Senators 6-3. Leafs winger Patrick Marleau also had a three-point game.
The Nashville Predators’ 3-2 shootout win over the Montreal Canadiens was overshadowed by the sparring between Predators’ defenseman (and former Hab) P.K. Subban and Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Athletic’s Arpon Basu notes Gallagher’s post-game view that Subban came into this game wanting to make it about himself. Basu suggests Subban’s outsized personality and how the Canadiens handled it during his tenure in Montreal could explain why the blueliner was shipped to Nashville in 2016.
The Buffalo Sabres doubled up the Boston Bruins 4-2, ending Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask’s 21-game points streak. Sabres center Jack Eichel left the game with a right-leg injury and will be evaluated in Buffalo today.
A 44-save shutout performance by Devan Dubnyk carried the Minnesota Wild to a 3-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, handing the Hawks their fifth straight loss and putting them 10 points out of a playoff spot. Forward Charlie Coyle scored two goals for the Wild.
Artemi Panarin and Oliver Bjorkstrand each collected a goal and an assist as the Columbus Blue Jackets snapped a five-game losing skis by crushing the New Jersey Devils 6-1, handing the latter their third straight defeat.
The Philadelphia Flyers’ Michal Neuvirth became the first goaltender in NHL history to win a shootout in relief, replacing Brian Elliott to backstop his club to a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Elliott suffered a lower-body injury during the second round of the shootout and will be evaluated today in Philadelphia.
Joe Pavelski had a four-point game (including two goals) and rookie Joakim Ryan scored his first two goals of his NHL career to give the San Jose Sharks a 6-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Zack Kassian tallied twice for the Oilers.
Two goals by Brock McGinn gave the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: The Capitals re-signed center Lars Eller to a five-year, $17.5-million contract extension. The annual average salary is $3.5 million, the same as it is on his current deal. In real salary, however, he’ll earn “$5 million ($1 million signing bonus), $4 million ($1 million signing bonus), $2.5 million, $3 million and $3 million.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A good move by the Capitals, as they now have their top three centers under long-term contracts. Eller is on pace to exceed 40 points this season.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Vegas Golden Knight goaltender Malcolm Subban was placed in injured reserve with an upper-body injury.