NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 11, 2018
Game recaps, injury updates plus the latest on Brad Marchand, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
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.”
Hearing that Carolina had preliminary phone call with Mike Futa (LA) Friday; also believe Hurricanes have reached out to former Canucks AGM Laurence Gilman. Belief is Carolina has reached out to Nashville regarding Paul Fenton and Tampa regarding Julien Brisebois, obvious names..
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) March 10, 2018