NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 4, 2018
Game recaps, including updates on Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Alexander Ovechkin scored his 40th goal of the season as the Washington Capitals defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in the 2018 NHL Stadium Series. Ovechkin becomes just the sixth player with nine 40-goals seasons and sits just two goals shy of 600 for his career. Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov each had a goal and two assists for the Capitals.
Speaking of the Capitals, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reports they’ve agreed to a multi-year contract extension with general manager Brian MacLellan.
Steven Stamkos had a career-best five-point game (two goals, three assists) and scored the game winner in a shootout as the Tampa Bay Lightning overcame a 5-3 deficit to edge the Philadelphia Flyers 7-6. Victor Hedman collected four points (two goals, two assists) and Nikita Kucherov had three assists.
Brad Marchand’s overtime goal gave the Boston Bruins a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Antti Niemi made 48 saves in a losing cause for the Habs. It was a costly victory, however, as defenseman Charlie McAvoy left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury. An update on his condition is expected on Monday.
Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn snapped a 12-game goalless streak with an overtime market to give his club a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. St. Louis also lost defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and forward Scottie Upshall with lower-body injuries.
An overtime goal by Sidney Crosby snapped the Pittsburgh Penguins’ three-game losing skid as they downed the New York Islanders 3-2, handing the latter their sixth strait defeat.
The Chicago Blackhawks rallied from a 3-1 deficit with four unanswered third-period goal to beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-3. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks.
New York Rangers rookie goaltender Alexandar Georgiev got his first career victory by turning in a 35-save performance (including 15 in the third period) in a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. The loss spoiled the return of center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who played his first game since being sidelined on Jan. 13 with a rib injury.
Speaking of the Oilers, if you’ve got nearly $2.5 million burning a hole in your pocket, head coach Todd McLellan is selling his San Jose home.
The Arizona Coyotes picked up their eighth win in 11 games by squeaking past the Ottawa Senators 2-1. Jordan Martinook’s second-period goal held up as the game winner.