NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 14, 2018
Game recaps, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins overcame a 4-1 deficit with five unanswered third-period goals to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-4. David Pastrnak scored three of those goals to notch his first career NHL hat trick, while Brad Marchand tallied his 30th of the season. The Bruins got the win despite losing Jake DeBrusk (upper body), Zdeno Chara (possible upper body) and Torey Krug (unspecified) to injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That collapse is probably the final nail in the coffin of the Hurricanes’ playoff hopes. This had to be a disheartening defeat. With 71 points, they’re seven points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 12 games remaining in their schedule.
Artturi Lehkonen scored twice and Antti Niemi made 36 saves as the Montreal Canadiens doubled up the Dallas Stars 4-2. The loss leaves the Stars (82 points) clinging to the final wild-cad berth in the Western Conference. Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw left the game with a possible head injury after a collision with Stars blueliner Greg Pateryn. Earlier in the day, the Canadiens announced defenseman Shea Weber underwent surgery to repair tendons in his left foot and will require six months of recovery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win was a measure of revenge for Niemi, who was bought out of the final year of his contract last summer by the Stars.
The Ottawa Senators lit up Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy for six goals on 29 shots on route to a 7-4 beatdown of the Lightning. Mike Hoffman scored twice for the Senators while Lightning forward J.T. Miller had a hat trick. The Lightning (100 points) hold a four-point lead over the Bruins for top spot in the Atlantic Division.
A three-goal first period was all the Nashville Predators need to beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1. Pekka Rinne made 32 saves for the Predators, who widened their Central Division lead over the Jets to eight points. Winnipeg goalie Michael Hutchinson was forced to leave the game in the first period with an upper-body injury.
J.T. Compher scored two goals and Semyon Varlamov kicked out 33 shots to give the Colorado Avalanche a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. With the win, the Avs (82 points) move into the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon left the game with what appeared to be a serious lower-body injury after tumbling awkwardly into the boards.
The Calgary Flames remain two points out of a Western Conference playoff spot with a 1-0 blanking of the Edmonton Oilers. Johnny Gaudreau scored the only goal while Mike Smith made 28 saves. The Flames got the win without winger Matthew Tkachuk, who suffered an apparent head injury during Sunday’s game against the New York Islanders.
Goaltender Adin Hill made 34 saves for his first career NHL win backstopping the Arizona Coyotes to a 4-3 shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Alex Goligoski potted the game-winning goal.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers rookie defenseman Tony DeAngelo suffered a possible season-ending left-ankle injury during Monday’s 6-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals demoted rookie defenseman Madison Bowey to the minors.
NHL.COM: Former defenseman Andrew Ference is the league’s new Director of Social Impact, Growth & Fan Development.