NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 12, 2018

by | Oct 12, 2018 | News, NHL

Game recaps, including the latest on Auston Matthews, Morgan Rielly, Nolan Patrick, Austin Watson and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Auston Matthews scored twice (his eighth and ninth of the season) while John Tavares collected four assists to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 5-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings. The Leafs’ Morgan Rielly set a modern-era NHL record for defensemen by becoming the first to reach 12 points in his first five games in a season.

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly set a modern-era points record for NHL blueliners. (Photo via NHL Images)

The Red Wings also announced they will be retiring Red Kelly’s No. 4 on Feb. 1, when the Wings play the Leafs. Kelly, a Hall of Fame defenseman who also played forward, won eight Stanley Cups with both clubs during his NHL career.

Phil Kessel tallied a hat trick, Evgeni Malkin had three assists and Casey DeSmith made 35 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins doubled up the Vegas Golden Knight 4-2.

David Perron’s hat trick powered the St. Louis Blues to a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames. Jake Allen made 31 saves for the Blues.

Nathan MacKinnon scored twice, Mikko Rantanen collected three assists and Semyon Varlamov turned aside 30 shots in the Colorado Avalanche’s 6-1 drubbing of the Buffalo Sabres. MacKinnon has points in four consecutive games.

Third-period goals by Boone Jenner and Cam Atkinson lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-4 victory over the Florida Panthers, spoiling the latter’s home opener. Blue Jackets winger Artemi Panarin had a four-point night (one goal, three assists) while the Panthers’ Evgenii Dadonov had a goal and two assists. In a pregame ceremony, the Panthers honored their 1993-94 inaugural roster.

Keith Kinkaid turned in a 21-save shutout performance and Kyle Palmieri scored twice as the New Jersey Devils blanked the Washington Capitals 6-0. Palmieri is the first player in Devils history to score two goals in each of the team’s first two games of a season.

Pekka Rinne’s 29-save shutout effort carried the Nashville Predators to a 3-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets in a penalty-filled contest. Both clubs combined for 76 penalty minutes, with the Jets getting 60 of them. Earlier in the day, the Predators learned an independent arbitrator had reduced forward Austin Watson’s 27-game suspension stemming from his no-contest plea on a domestic assault charge to 18 games. 

Ryan Suter’s game-tying goal set the stage for Jason Zucker’s overtime tally as the Minnesota Wild downed the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. Zucker scored twice and set up another, as did Chicago’s Alex DeBrincat.

The Boston Bruins picked up their third straight win by beating the Edmonton Oilers 4-1. Goalie Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves and Brad Marchand scored his first of the season. Connor McDavid tallied the Oilers’ only goal.

The Los Angeles Kings spoiled the Montreal Canadiens’ home opener with a 3-0 win. Jack Campbell made 40 saves for his first NHL shutout while Jeff Carter scored a goal and set up two others. Before the game, the Canadiens honored their 1993 Stanley Cup championship roster.

A four-goal third-period gave the Vancouver Canucks a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Canucks winger Brock Boeser scored his first of the season. Rookie teammate Elias Pettersson also scored to extend his points streak to four games.

New York Rangers head coach David Quinn picked up his first NHL victory as his club edged the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on an overtime goal by Brady Skjei.

NBC SPORTS:  Philadelphia Flyers center Nolan Patrick will be sidelined 7-10 days with an upper-body injury.