NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 26, 2018

by | Mar 26, 2018 | News, NHL

Game recaps plus the latest on Connor McDavid, Alex Ovechkin and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Winnipeg Jets winger Kyle Connor is tied for this season’s rookie goal-scoring lead (Photo via NHL Images)

 NHL.COM: The Winnipeg Jets became the fourth team to clinch a playoff berth thanks to a 5-4 shootout win over the Nashville Predators. Mark Scheifele tallied the game winner while winger Kyle Connor scored a goal and set up two others for the Jets. Connor is also tied with Vancouver’s Brock Boeser for most goals (29) by a rookie this season. Before the game, the Jets announced defenseman Toby Enstrom (lower-body injury) will miss the remainder of the regular season

Adam Henrique’s game-tying goal set the stage for Hampus Lindholm’s overtime tally as the Anaheim Ducks nipped the Edmonton Oilers 5-4. The Ducks (91 points) move into third place in the Pacific Division. Oilers captain Connor McDavid had a three-point performance. With 99 points, McDavid holds a four-point lead over Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov in the scoring race.

Bryan Rust’s overtime goal gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Penguins forwards Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel each collected two points as his club (92 points) moved to within three points of the Metropolitan Division-leading Washington Capitals. The Flyers (89 points) hold the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

An overtime goal by Brad Marchand lifted the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. Bruins center Patrice Bergeron collected two assists in his return to the lineup after missing a month with a lower-body injury. Boston (104 points) sits two behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for top spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Dallas Stars’ fading playoff hopes suffered another blow as they fell 4-1 to the lowly Vancouver Canucks. They’ve now dropped a franchise- record eight consecutive games. With six games remaining, the Stars (84 points) sit five points behind the St. Louis Blues for the final Western Conference playoff berth.

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin has to score six goals over the next seven games to reach his eighth 50-goal season. 

DW.COM: (Stick tap to “Roland”). Former NHL defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has announced his retirement, bringing his 19-year professional playing career to an end. The 35-year-old helped Germany win a silver medal in men’s hockey at the 2018 Winter Olympics and spent 12 NHL seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks.