NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 15, 2018
Game recaps plus updates on Seth Jones, Oscar Klefbom, Jared Spurgeon and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: A hat trick by James van Riemsdyk helped the Toronto Maple Leafs edge the Dallas Stars 6-5. Mitch Marner tallied the winner in a shootout. Tyler Seguin had a three-point night for the Stars. The Leafs didn’t emerge unscathed, as starting goaltender Frederik Andersen left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury. However, Toronto coach Mike Babcock suggested it might not be serious.
San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl scored twice, including the game winner in overtime, in a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Logan Couture had a three-point effort for the Sharks, who also lost winger Joonas Donskoi to an apparent shoulder injury in the third period. He will be reevaluated later today. Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid collected two assists.
The New Jersey Devils lit up Vegas Golden Knights goalies Marc-Andre Fleury and Maxime Legace in an 8-3 victory. Blake Coleman scored twice and teammates Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier each collected two points. Erik Haula tallied twice for Vegas. The victory moved the Devils (80 points) into the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson had a 32-save shutout performance in a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks, The win gives the Ducks 82 points to sit just outside a wild-card berth in the Western Conference. It was the Canucks fifth consecutive defeat and their third straight shutout loss, tying a franchise record. Earlier in the day, the Canucks announced defenseman Erik Gudbranson will undergo shoulder surgery and has been shut down for the season.
The New York Rangers overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime. Mika Zibanejad had the game-tying and winning goals and teammate Chris Kreider had a four-point game.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jacket defenseman Seth Jones, who appeared to suffer an upper-body injury against Montreal on Monday, will play in tonight’s game against Philadelphia.
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon will miss at least a month with a partial tear in his right hamstring.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Spurgeon’s injury is a significant loss to the Wild’s defense corps, as he logs the second-highest average time on ice per game (24:32) and leads the club in blocked shots (127).
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom is expected to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery early next week.
AZCENTRAL.COM: Arizona Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet will return behind the bench for tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators. He was recently granted a leave of absence to attend to a family illness.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning’s penalty kill could be their Achilles’ heel in their quest for the Stanley Cup this season. They’re currently 26th in that department.
CBC SPORTS: Charges of fraud and theft against former NHL player agent Stacey Don McAlpine have been dropped by the crown in the wake of his death. McAlpine passed away on March 5. He was accused “of defrauding former NHL players Dany Heatley and Chris Phillips of more than $12 million between January 2004 and June 2011.”