NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 8, 2018
Game recaps, Alex Burrows suspended, Jonas Brodin sidelined by injury and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron scored twice leading his club to a 6-1 win over the New York Rangers. The Bruins (74 points) have won four straight and nine of their last ten to sit just one point back of the Tampa Bay Lightning for top spot in the league’s overall standings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considered by some experts as a playoff bubble team entering this season, the Bruins have exceeded expectations. Barring a significant collapse between now and the start of the postseason in April, they must be considered legitimate Stanley Cup contenders.
Three unanswered third-period goals by Paul Ladue, Alex Iafallo and Anze Kopitar carried the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Kings defenseman Drew Doughty picked up his 300th career assist and 400th career point to join Rob Blake as the only blueliners in franchise history to reach those milestones.
James van Riemsdyk scored in regulation and the shootout as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Nashville Predators 3-2. The Leafs had a 2-0 lead but the Predators came back to tie it on goals by Colton Sissons and Viktor Arvidsson. Leafs goalie Frederik Anderson made 44 saves and stopped six of seven shootout attempts.
TSN: The NHL’s department of player safety suspended Ottawa Senators forward Alex Burrows 10 games for “serving as an aggressor/ kneeing New Jersey’s Taylor Hall” during Tuesday’s game between the two clubs.
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin will miss three-four weeks following surgery on Wednesday to repair a broken left hand. For now, the Wild will turn to Gustav Olofsson and Mike Reilly to fill the void. Both blueliners have rotated in and out of the lineup this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Olofsson and Reilly aren’t up to the task over the next couple of weeks, the Wild could perhaps turn to the trade market for help. More on that later this morning in the Rumors section.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks forward Sam Gagner suffered a sprained ankle during Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers and will return to Vancouver for treatment.
TORONTO SUN: In a recent interview, sidelined Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul acknowledged he’s likely reaching the end of his playing career. Still under contract with the Leafs until the end of this season, Lupul underwent sports hernia surgery two years ago and hasn’t returned to action since then.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lupul attempted to return to the Leafs last fall but failed his training camp medical as well as an independent examination ordered by the league after he insinuated the Leafs were cheating the system. He subsequently withdrew and apologized. Since then, he’s been on long-term injured reserve.