NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 9, 2018
Game recaps, injury and waivers news and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning rolled past the Vancouver Canucks 5-2. Four Lightning players – Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, Yanni Gourde and Victor Hedman – each had a goal and an assist. Hedman also set a franchise record for most goals by a defenseman with 73.
Sean Monahan scored two goals, including his third-straight game winner, as the Calgary Flames hung on to edge the New Jersey Devils 3-2. The Flames have won three in a row. Devils winger Taylor Hall, meanwhile, scored his 20th goal of the season and extended his points streak to 12 games.
The Dallas Stars extended their winning streak to four games by doubling up the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2. Tyler Seguin scored twice to extend his goal streak to four games.
Three unanswered third-period goals by Brayden McNabb, James Neal and Jonathan Marchessault gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Joe Pavelski scored two goals for the Sharks, who also lost winger Joel Ward to an apparent upper-body injury.
St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn tallied twice and teammate Vince Dunn collected three assists to lead their team to a 6-1 beatdown of the Colorado Avalanche.
An overtime goal by Mike Hoffman gave the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators, spoiling the homecoming of former Senator Kyle Turris. P.K. Subban scored twice for the Predators.
Travis Konecny scored twice while Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere each collected three points as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3.
Derek Stepan and Alex Goligoski each had two assists as the Arizona Coyotes overcame a 3-0 deficit to upset the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on an overtime goal by Clayton Keller.
The Buffalo Sabres ended a four-game losing skid by nipping the New York Islanders 4-3. The Sabres blew a 3-0 lead but Sam Reinhart’s late third-period goal gave them the win. He finished the night with three points. Earlier in the day, the Sabres learned defenseman Jake McCabe will miss the next three-four weeks recovering from thumb surgery.
TSN: New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith and Carolina Hurricanes forwards Marcus Kruger and Josh Jooris were placed on waivers yesterday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers re-signed Smith last summer to a four-year, $17.5-million contract while the Hurricanes acquired Kruger from the Vegas Golden Knights. Both players were expected to fill key roles with their respective clubs but have really struggled this season. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun speculates the Hurricanes might be able to trade Kruger if they’re willing to absorb part of his $3.08-million salary-cap hit. Speaking of the Rangers…
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers brass released a letter to their fans yesterday acknowledging changes could soon be coming to their roster. General manager Jeff Gorton remains supportive of head coach Alain Vigneault but declined to say if his bench boss will return after this season. Vigneault has two seasons remaining on his contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Check out today’s Rumors section for the latest Rangers’ trade scuttlebutt.
CBS SPORTS: Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl is listed as week-to-week with a lower-body injury.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson is recovering from a concussion suffered after taking a shot off his mask during practice earlier this week.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights rank fourth in NHL merchandise sales this season.