NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 4, 2018
Game recaps plus the latest on Phil Kessel, Tuukka Rask, Jonathan Drouin, Connor Hellebuyck and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask extended his personal points streak to 20 games (18-0-2) backstopping his club to a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy returned to the lineup after being sidelined nearly two weeks due to a procedure to address an abnormal heart rhythm. Leafs blueliners Morgan Rielly and Ron Hainsey also returned from injuries and illness.
New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac scored twice and set up another as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1. Penguins winger Phil Kessel picked up his 40th assist of the season and moved within three points of Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov for the NHL scoring lead.
Speaking of Kucherov, he picked up two assists (including his 300th career point) as the Lightning doubled up the Vancouver Canucks 4-2.
Michael Frolik’s game-tying goal in the third period set the stage for Sean Monahan’s overtime tally as the Calgary Flames snapped a six-game losing skid with a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Anntti Niemi made 43 saves and Jeff Petry tallied two power-play goals as the Montreal Canadiens upset the Anaheim Ducks 5-2. Canadiens winger Jonathan Drouin left the game after being struck in the ribs by a slapshot by teammate Karl Alzner. X-rays revealed no fractures but he’ll be re-evaluated on Sunday.
Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves as the Winnipeg Jets shut out the Colorado Avalanche 3-0. Hellebuyck picked up his career-high 27th victory of the season and is two away from tying Ondrej Pavelec (29) for second-most wins in a season by a Thrashers/Jets goalie. Avalanche netminder Semyon Varlamov made his first start after missing 11 games with a groin injury.
Los Angeles Kings goaltender Darcy Kuemper turned in a 27-save shutout effort in a 6-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Teammate Jake Muzzin had a goal and two assists.
Tyler Seguin netted three points while Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov each collected two points as the Dallas Stars thumped the Minnesota Wild 6-1.
Third-period goals by Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson rallied the New York Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Isles goalie Jaroslav Halak made 46 saves for the win.
Kevin Fiala scored twice and goalie Pekka Rinne picked up his seventh straight victory as the Nashville Predators downed the New York Rangers 5-2. Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and winger Jimmy Vesey both left the game with head injuries.
St. Louis Blues netminder Carter Hutton had a 27-save shutout performance as his club blanked the Buffalo Sabres 1-0. Carl Gunnarsson scored the only goal late in the third period.
Mike Hoffman’s shootout goal gave the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, who overcame a 3-1 deficit to tie the game. Flyers forward Travis Konecny assisted on all three of his club’s goals.
A controversial goal by Aleksander Barkov with 8 seconds left in the game resulted in the Florida Panthers edging the Detroit Red Wings 3-2. The Wings contended Barkov interfered with goalie Petr Mrazek by bumping him before scoring. “That’s insane they called that a goal,” forward Justin Abdelkader said. “That was an easy one, I thought. It’s frustrating.”
TSN: The NHL’s department of player disciplined fined Washington Capitals winger T.J. Oshie $5,000.00 for cross-checking Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang on Friday.