NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 5, 2018
Game recaps, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines
NHL.COM: The Nashville Predators tied a franchise record with their eighth straight win by edging the Colorado Avalanche 4-3. Filip Forsberg tallied the winner in overtime and teammate Ryan Ellis scored a goal and added two assists. The Preds (93 points) hold a four-point lead over the Vegas Golden Knights for top spot in the Western Conference, one behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for first overall.
Evgenii Dadonov scored twice to lead the Florida Panthers to a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Panthers (70 points) have won six straight and sit one point out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, a former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student, hosted the school’s hockey team.
Anaheim Ducks forwards Jakob Silfverberg and Corey Perry each scored twice in a 6-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Nick Schmaltz also tallied two goals for the Blackhawks.
New Jersey Devils winger Taylor Hall extended his points streak to 18 games as his club dropped a 3-2 decision to the Vegas Golden Knights. Tomas Tatar scored his first goal for Vegas since being dealt to the Golden Knights last Monday by the Detroit Red Wings.
A brawl between Minnesota Wild rookie Nick Seeler and Detroit Red Wings tough guy Luke Witkowski sparked the Wild to a 4-1 win. Minnesota winger Jason Zucker scored two goals.
Patrik Laine scored twice and set up another as the Winnipeg Jets nipped the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2. Paul Stastny had his second two-point game in three contests since joining the Jets at the trade deadline.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves and Artemi Panarin had two goals as the Columbus Blue Jackets doubled up the San Jose Sharks 4-2. The win vaulted the Jackets (71 points) over the Florida Panthers into the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Vancouver Canucks head coach Travis Green said winger Sven Baertschi has a separated shoulder and is likely finished for the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Baertschi also missed 11 games with a fractured jaw. Had he had a healthier season, he would’ve reached 20 goals and 40 points for the first time in his career.
LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens have remained silent so far regarding the condition of forward Max Pacioretty and defenseman Victor Mete. Both were injured during Friday’s 6-3 win over the New York Islanders.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets goaltender Steve Mason is expected to rejoin the lineup today. He was sidelined on Jan. 12 with a concussion.