NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 11, 2018

by | Mar 11, 2018 | News, NHL | 4 comments

Game recaps, injury updates plus the latest on Brad Marchand, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Nikita Kucherov’s shootout game winner against the Montreal Canadiens gave the Tampa Bay Lightning their 100th point of the season. (Photo via NHL Images)

 NHL.COM: Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in a 3-2 shootout win over the Montreal Canadiens. The Lightning became the first team to reach 100 points this season. Defenseman Ryan McDonagh played his first game with the Lightning since being acquired from the New York Rangers at the trade deadline.

The Vegas Golden Knights picked up their 20th road win of the season by edging the Buffalo Sabres 2-1. The victory gives the Golden Knights the league record for most road wins by a team in its inaugural season. Erik Haula scored the winner in a shootout.

The Philadelphia Flyers snapped a five-game losing skid by holding off the Winnipeg Jets 2-1. Jets winger Patrik Laine tallied his 40th goal of the season.

The Toronto Maple Leafs picked up their franchise-record 10th straight home win by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2. Nazem Kadri scored twice and Frederik Andersen turned aside 38 shots. The game wasn’t without controversy, as the Penguins’ Brian Dumoulin had a goal nullified on a questionable goaltender interference call.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s growing concern among players and coaches over these contentious goalie interference rulings. The NHL prefers these complaints not be made publicly, but the powers-that-be have no one to blame but themselves. This is an ongoing issue that’s rapidly becoming an embarrassment for the league. Left unchecked, it could have real consequences for teams jockeying for playoff position and could determine the outcome of a postseason series. 

Mikko Rantanen had a goal and two assists as the Colorado Avalanche downed the Arizona Coyotes 5-2, picking up their first win in four games. Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson was fined $5,000.00 for slashing Avs forward Sven Andrighetto. The win gives the Avs 80 points and a hold on the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Four unanswered third-period goal powered the Boston Bruins to a 7-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Bruins winger Brad Marchand isn’t expected to receive supplemental discipline for a first-period collision with Blackhawks forward Anthony Duclair, who will be sidelined one-to-two weeks with a sprained knee.

Jake Allen made 38 saves and Jaden Schwartz had a three-point performance as the St. Louis Blues thumped the Los Angeles Kings 7-2. The Blues (77 points) sit three points out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference while the Kings (79 points) are one point out of contention.

Washington Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 24 saves in a 2-0 blanking of the San Jose Sharks. Nicklas Backstrom and Lars Eller were the goal scorers.

Vincent Trocheck’s shootout goal gave the Florida Panthers a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers. The Panthers (75 points) set a franchise record for consecutive home wins (eight) and sit two points out of a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.

The New Jersey Devils squeaked by the Nashville Predators 3-2 on a shootout goal by Brian Boyle, snapping the Predators 10-game win streak. Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid made 34 saves for the win.

Connor McDavid scored twice and set up another to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. The Oilers were without defenseman Oscar Klefbom, who’ll miss two games after undergoing a minor medical procedure.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes owners Andrew Barroway “is exploring potential partnerships for his ownership of the franchise, and he is engaged in discussions with a handful of significant investors.”




  1. The call on Dumoulin last night highlights a major flaw in the coach’s challenge system. Despite the fact there was a penalty on the play, it was still a “scoring play”. The play is not allowed to be challenged because there was a penalty. But since the penalty happened on a “scoring play”, it should still be eligible for challenge.

    It doesn’t make sense for the challenge to be able to call a goal back, but not to allow a goal to count on a play which happened at the net, during the same time a penalty on the attacking player in called. The penalty was called on the player making a legit hockey play. If you’re going to have challenges, it needs to work both ways on scoring plays at the net.

    Otherwise the challenge system as it stands is a ridiculously regressive way to “get things right”, because its only ever able to reduce scoring, and not get the right call on a potential good goal.

    • Busterdown …. can’t agree more… no doubt in my mind that if there was a rule to allow that play reviewed it would result not only in reversal of penalty but a good goal …. and hence 4-0 is 3-1 and the dynamics of the game different. If at 3-1 and Pens pushing …, I (with justified bias) believe Pens then push and eventually win game …. there absolutely was no GI here…. movement pushed by Leaf D and minuscule touch that did not interfere with Anderson’s play of the puck …… this is getting out of hand … calls are wayyyyy too varied in interpretation …. interference must be succinctly defined and all reviews must be done by the same individuals …. say video review by 3 at Central … 90 second limit on review… all 3 push a button of YES or NO (to overturn on ice call) simultaneously … and if unanimous ….. 3/3 … call overturned …done…. if not unanimous …. call stays

      • Yeah, I won’t let the Pens off the hook, they weren’t sharp enough last night. I don’t think that call cost them the game, but it certainly was a major factor and extremely frustrating.

        Big picture, the league has a major problem and it doesn’t seem like they know how or want to fix it in-season. It’s going to cause a lot of headaches once we get near and into the playoffs

  2. They definitely didn’t show maturity …. dominant in spurts for most of game but didn’t push at right time and some serious mental gaffs causing goals against …. thought PK had an abysmal game