NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 18, 2018
Game recaps and injury updates in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves to pick up his 200th career NHL victory backstopping the Minnesota Wild to a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Center Eric Staal tallied his 38th goal of the season for the Wild (89 points), who sit in third place in the Central Division with a five-point lead over the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars.
The Florida Panthers lost ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race by falling 4-2 to the Edmonton Oilers. With the loss, the Panthers (77 points) are five points out of a wild-card spot. Connor McDavid had three points for the Oilers, who overcame a 2-1 deficit with three unanswered third-period goals.
Keith Kinkaid made 38 saves as the New Jersey Devils blanked the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 to widen their lead over the Panthers by five points. The Devils hold the final wild-card berth in the East. Michael Grabner, Nico Hischier and Miles Wood scored for New Jersey.
The San Jose Sharks (89 points) moved five points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings for second place in the Pacific Division with a 5-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Timo Meier scored twice, including the game-winning goal. Sharks center Melker Karlsson left the game in the first period favoring his right leg and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic left in the second after taking a shot to the chest. Meanwhile, Canucks defenseman Ben Hutton missed the game with a foot infection.
Alex Pietrangelo’s game-tying goal in the third period set the stage for Brayden Schenn’s overtime winner as the St. Louis Blues rallied to defeat the New York Rangers 4-3. Pietrangelo had a three-point performance as the Blues (81 points) moved to within three points of a Western Conference wild-card spot.
Tuukka Rask turned in a 23-save shutout and Torey Krug collected three assists as the Boston Bruins blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0. Bruins forward David Backes required 18 stitches to close a gash on his right thigh about being cut by a skate blade. Fortunately for him, the injury “wasn’t too dangerous”.
The Philadelphia Flyers (83 points) rallied to double up the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 to maintain their hold on third place in the Metropolitan Division. Valtteri Filppula scored the game winner and Wayne Simmonds collected two assists.
The Columbus Blue Jackets edged the Ottawa Senators 2-1 to pick up their seventh consecutive victory. The Jackets (83 points) also maintain their hold on the first wild-card berth in the East. Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves for the win.
The Toronto Maple Leafs shelled the Montreal Canadiens with 49 shots on route to a 4-0 victory. Curtis McElhinney made 33 saves for the shutout while rookie teammate Andreas Johnsson scored his first career NHL goal.
Jack Eichel returned from a 15-game absence to collect an assist as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3. Nicholas Baptiste scored twice and Sam Reinhart had a goal and two assists for the Sabres.
NBC SPORTS: Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov is listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed upper-body injury.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Dmitry Kulikov will be sidelined eight weeks after undergoing back surgery. Meanwhile, Jets centres Mark Scheifele and Adam Lowry and defenceman Toby Enstrom could return to action on Sunday against the Dallas Stars.
CBS SPORTS: Calgary Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk (upper-body injury) will miss the club’s upcoming two-game road trip