NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 14, 2018

by | Mar 14, 2018 | News, NHL | 5 comments

Game recaps, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

David Pastrnak’s first career hat trick powered the Boston Bruins to a 6-4 win over the Carolina Hurricanes (Photo via NHL Images)

  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.

 








5 Comments

  1. Does DeAngelo go by Tony?

  2. Carolina should start next season with two new goalies and a new head coach. I think the Tom Dundon honeymoon is over. I don’t believe his style of management will appeal to the top end coaches or GM’s. I also now believe that he will eventually move the team to a US location in the west.

    • Houston Hurricanes?

      no doubt that Dundon will clean house, and fire the coach. I could see him buying out Darling after one season. He’ll want to bring in a star, whether it’s Tavares, Karlsson, or someone else to generate some excitement

      and probably an experienced coach such as Tippett will probably be brought in

      Dundon will EXPECT to make the playoffs next season

      just hope he doesn’t manage the team like the failed experiment with the Lightning years back with Koules and the other guy, that was a disaster

      • Dundon will make an offer for Tavares but its going to be a hard sell to lure any good UFA player to a non playoff team that probably wont have a number 1 goalie by 7/1. Tavares in particular will be looking for an immediate cup contender. I’ve been asking myself if the timing and reason given for the Ron Francis move hurt or helped Dundon’s chances with free agents this summer.