NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 6, 2018
Game recaps, stars of the week and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Connor McDavid scored four goals and collected an assist to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Leon Draisaitl had a three-point night with a goal and two assists for the Oilers, who’ve now won five of their last seven games.
Three unanswered third-period goals gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 7-4 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Leafs forwards Auston Matthews and William Nylander each had two goals and an assist. Ducks winger Corey Perry set up all of his club’s goals.
The Leafs had a bit of a scare when goalie Frederik Andersen left the game in the second period after being accidentally struck in the mask by one of Perry’s skates. While Andersen didn’t return, Leafs coach Mike Babcock believes the netminder will be fine.
The Nashville Predators overcame a 4-2 deficit to edge the New York Islanders 5-4 in overtime. Kevin Fiala scored twice for the Predators while teammate Roman Josi tallied the game winner.
Tyler Seguin and Martin Hanzal scored to lift the Dallas Stars to a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers.
Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, Florida Panthers goaltender Harri Sateri and Vegas Golden Knights winger Reilly Smith are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Feb. 4, 2018.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey suffered a concussion and defenseman Marc Staal a cervical strain as the result of unpenalized hits during Saturday’s game against Nashville. Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault considers Staal as day-to-day. Predators forward Filip Forsberg received a three-game suspension for his hit on Vesey.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist is listed as week-to-week with a lower-body injury.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: It’s been a rough season back with the Blackhawks for struggling winger Brandon Saad, as he’s now been relegated to the fourth line.
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild forward Chris Stewart is trying to remain positive after being a healthy scratch in three of his last six games. With the Wild roster finally at full strength, there isn’t enough playing time to go around.
NHL.COM: The Los Angeles Kings traded minor-league defenseman Zac Leslie to the Vegas Golden Knights for future considerations.