NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 14, 2018
Game recaps plus updates on Elias Pettersson, Brent Seabrook, Tom Wilson and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Auston Matthews collected his 10th goal of the season as the Toronto Maple Leafs doubled up the Washington Capitals 4-2 for their fourth consecutive win. Matthews is just the second player in Leafs history to score a goal in his first six games of a season. Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov each collected two points in a losing cause for the Capitals.
David Pastrnak’s hat trick powered the Boston Bruins to an 8-2 drubbing of the Detroit Red Wings. It was the Bruins’ fourth straight win and the Wings their fifth consecutive loss. Patrice Bergeron collected three assists and Jake DeBrusk tallied twice.
Connor McDavid scored the game-winner and collected an assist as the Edmonton Oilers picked up their first win of the season by edging the New York Rangers 2-1.
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his 49th career shutout in a 1-0 squeaker over the Philadelphia Flyers. Cody Eakin scored the only goal late in the third. Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland left the game in the second period clutching an arm and didn’t return. He’s listed as day-to-day for now.
Despite a 52-save effort by Devan Dubnyk, the Minnesota Wild dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to the Carolina Hurricanes. Sebastian Aho scored twice (including the game-winner) and added two assists while Justin Williams had a three-point night.
Alex DeBrincat scored the tying and winning goals to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith played his 1,000th career game while Brent Seabrook became the club’s all-time leader for games played by a defenseman (1,009).
Bo Horvat’s third-period goal gave the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. It was a costly win for the Canucks as rookie star Elias Pettersson left the game early in the third period with an apparent head injury after being hit from behind and thrown to the ice by Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson. Before the game, the Panthers honored sidelined goalie Roberto Luongo for playing 1,000 career games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word yet on how long Pettersson could be sidelined or if the league will review Matheson’s actions.
Shootout goals by Paul Byron and Jonathan Drouin lifted the Montreal Canadiens past the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3. Tomas Tatar scored twice and backup Antti Niemi made 25 saves for the Canadiens. Niemi got the call because starter Carey Price was sidelined by the flu. Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin had two-point performances for the Penguins, who lost defenseman Justin Schultz to a leg injury.
Brayden Point scored twice and set up another as the Tampa Bay Lightning romped to an 8-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. J.T. Miller also had a three-point night (one goal, two assists) for the Lightning.
Filip Forsberg scored twice to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders. Earlier in the day, the Islanders announced forward Stephen Gionta agreed to a one-year, two-way contract.
A four-goal second period powered the Dallas Stars to a 5-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Jamie Benn, Alexander Radulov, and Tyler Seguin each had two points for the Stars.
The Calgary Flames overcame a 2-0 deficit to edge the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on an overtime goal by Johnny Gaudreau.
Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson made 36 saves and Chris Wideman scored twice in a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
Rasmus Dahlin scored his first NHL goal and goaltender Linus Ullmark turned in a 36-save shutout performance as the Buffalo Sabres blanked the Arizona Coyotes 3-0. Jeff Skinner also scored his first goal with the Sabres.
THE TENNESSEAN: Jennifer Guardino, the girlfriend of Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson, released a statement Saturday claiming Watson didn’t physically or mentally harm her during an incident on June 16 that led to the forward’s arrest on misdemeanor domestic assault charges. She said it was due to her own behavior and intoxication at the time and acknowledged her struggles with alcohol, claiming she and Watson handled the situation badly.
Watson pleaded no contest to the charges and received three months probation. His original 27-game suspension by the league was recently reduced to 18 games.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals forward Tom Wilson will have his appeal hearing with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday. Wilson is currently serving a 20-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist.