NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 22, 2018
Game recaps, Steven Stamkos fined, change coming for goalie interference review process and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby reached his 700th career assist as his club downed the Montreal Canadiens 5-3. Crosby also scored a highlight-reel goal on Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, who was returning to action after being sidelined since Feb. 20 by a concussion. With the win, the Penguins (89 points) move within two of the Washington Capitals for first in the Metropolitan Division.
Jaden Schwartz scored twice, including the overtime winner, as the St. Louis Blues edged the Boston Bruins 2-1. The Bruins, however, clinched a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 100 points. Bruins rookie Ryan Donato scored for the second straight game. The Blues (85 points) sit two back of the Los Angeles Kings for the final Western Conference wild-card berth.
The Anaheim Ducks (88 points)vaulted into third place in the Pacific Division by blanking the fading Calgary Flames 4-0, spoiling the 1000th career game of Flames center Matt Stajan. Ducks goaltender John Gibson made 29 saves for his fourth shutout of the season. The Flames remain stuck at 80 points and sit seven points out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller set a franchise record for most assists (35) and points (55) by a rookie in his club’s 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Keller collected two assists to achieve the milestones.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning captain Steven Stamkos was fined $5,000.00 by the NHL department of player safety for a dangerous trip of Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly during a recent game.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce and forward Victor Rask will miss the remainder of the season to shoulder injuries.
SPORTSNET: The Philadelphia Flyers traded the rights of college prospect Cooper Marody to the Edmonton Oilers for a third-round pick in 2019.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some of you might be wondering how this trade can take place after the trade deadline. The reason is this move doesn’t involve any NHL players and thus has no effect upon playoff eligibility. FYI, Marody leads the Big-10 in scoring with 46 points in 37 games. Doesn’t mean he’ll crack the Oilers lineup one day, but at least he has some measure of potential.
TSN: NHL general managers on Wednesday ” recommended shifting the decision from on-ice officials to the league’s situation room in Toronto.” The decision received swift approval by the NHLPA and now needs the final sign-off by the NHL board of governors. If approved, the change could go into effect in time for the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which begin on April 11.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This won’t magically make the problems of inconsistent calls for goalie interference go away but hopefully it’ll reduce the instances.