NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 6, 2018
Game recaps, stars of the week, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: A back injury suffered by Vancouver Canucks rookie star Brock Boeser overshadowed his club’s 4-3 overtime win over the New York Islanders. Boeser was taken to hospital for observation after suffering a lower-back injury when he collided with the open frame of the bench door following a check by Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck. The Isles suffered their seventh straight loss as Brendan Leipsic scored in overtime.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An update on Boeser’s condition could be announced today. He had to helped from the ice following the collision and appeared in a great deal of pain.
An overtime goal by Justin Schultz carried the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames. Penguins center Evgeni Malkin also scored and added two assists. Pittsburgh (80 points) moved to within one of Washington for first place in the Metropolitan Division, while the Flames (74 points) sit three back of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
The Toronto Maple Leafs suffered their fourth consecutive defeat, falling 5-3 to the Buffalo Sabres. Leo Komarov tallied twice for the Leafs. Following the game, Toronto head coach Mike Babcock voiced his unhappiness over the inconsistency of goaltender interference calls after Sabres forward Johan Larsson collided with Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen prior to scoring Buffalo’s fifth goal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This isn’t sour grapes on Babcock’s part. He’s among a growing chorus of coaches and players complaining about the unpredictable interpretation of goalie interference by league officials this season.
Erik Karlsson’s breakaway overtime goal gave the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars, who also lost goaltender Ben Bishop for at least the next two games with a lower-body injury.
The Edmonton Oilers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Oscar Klefbom netted the game winner while Leon Draisaitl collected two assists. Meanwhile, Oilers star Connor McDavid laughed off being heckled by some Oilers fans outside a restaurant.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Heckling the players during the game is one thing. Doing so when they’re on their own time away from the rink, especially when they’re with their family, is just stupid.
Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine and Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending March 4, 2018.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty (knee injury) and defensman Victor Mete (fractured finger) could miss up to six weeks.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will miss the remainder of the season with an injured left hip. Teammate Scottie Upshall, meanwhile, will be sidelined at least four weeks with a left-knee injury,
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Luke Kunin will undergo season-ending knee injury.