NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 5, 2018
Game recaps, Filip Forsberg receives three-game suspension plus updates on Bobby Ryan, Zdeno Chara and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Third-period goals by Reilly Smith and Alex Tuch lifted the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury collected his 390th career victory, moving past Dominik Hasek into 13th overall on the NHL all-time wins lists.
The Montreal Canadiens won consecutive games for the first time since mid-January by defeating the Ottawa Senators 4-1. Artturi Lehkonen scored twice while Tomas Plekanec picked up his 600th career NHL points. The Senators were playing without winger Bobby Ryan, who’s sidelined indefinitely with a hand injury.
Brent Burns scored a goal and set up another as the San Jose Sharks downed the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg received a three-game suspension for interference on New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey during Saturday’s game. Forsberg was not penalized on the play as Vesey suffered an upper-body injury.
NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bruins captain Zdeno Chara played in his 1,400th NHL game during Boston’s 4-1 victory on Saturday over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: By the sound of things, Chara will have an opportunity to add to that total with Boston after this season. It’s believed the 40-year-old blueliner, who’s due to become an unrestricted free agent in July, could re-sign with the Bruins.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: As most of the Blackhawks’ veteran core withers this season, younger players such as Nick Schmaltz, Vinnie Hinostroza and Alex DeBrincat are carrying more of the load.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Blackhawks sitting five points out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference, there’s no season-saving deal coming at the trade deadline. Management should put its focus on building up with the young players already on the roster and adding more if possible during the offseason.