NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 19, 2018
Game recaps plus the latest on Travis Zajac, Johnny Gaudreau, Pekka Rinne and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: In his first game since recovering from a concussion, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray had a 38-save shutout performance as his club blanked the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0, snapping the latter’s five-game winning streak. Evgeni Malkin scored twice and assisted on Kris Letang’s goal.
Gabriel Landeskog tallied a hat trick, Mikko Rantanen had four points and Nathan MacKinnon collected three assists (though his six-game goal streak ended) as the Colorado Avalanche beat the New Jersey Devils 5-3. Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists for the Devils, who lost forward Travis Zajac to an apparent right-leg injury in the second period. No word as to his status following the game.
It was also a hat-trick night for San Jose Sharks’ forward Logan Couture as his club trounced the Buffalo Sabres 5-1. Former Sabre Evander Kane picked up two assists while Martin Jones made 24 saves for the win.
The Detroit Red Wings are winless through seven games after dropping a 3-1 decision to the Tampa Bay Lightning. It’s the worst start to a season in Red Wings history. That could stoke speculation over Ken Holland’s future as general manager as some wonder if he might be replaced by Steve Yzerman. Holland, however, remains unconcerned. “I’ve been a manager in the league for 23 years,” Holland told The Hockey News. “I’ve won three Stanley Cups, five Presidents’ Trophies.* I don’t look over my shoulder.”
Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien marked his return from missing two games with an upper-body injury with a goal and two assists to lead his club to a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Jets captain Blake Wheeler became just the second player in franchise history to reach 500 career points.
After scoring just four goals in their first five games, the Arizona Coyotes struck four times for a 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, spoiling the return of Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford from a concussion injury. Former Blackhawk Vinnie Hinostroza scored twice for the Coyotes.
Valtteri Filppula, Andrew Ladd, and Scott Mayfield each had three-point performances as the New York Islanders thumped the Los Angeles Kings 7-2. Isles goaltender Robin Lehner left the game in the third period after taking a shot off his mask. No update yet on Lehner, who has a history of concussions.
Leon Draisaitl scored in overtime and Connor McDavid picked up two assists as the Edmonton Oilers edged the Boston Bruins 3-2 in their first home game of the season.
Two second-period goals by Cam Atkinson powered the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
CALGARY SUN: Flames GM Brad Treliving said left wing Johnny Gaudreau was fine after being forced to leave Wednesday’s game after suffering an apparent head injury from a high hit by Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy.
NBCSN: NHL insider Bob McKenzie said the Nashville Predators have started contract discussions with goaltender Pekka Rinne, who’s slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
TSN: Pierre LeBrun said the Tampa Bay Lightning and center Brayden Point have agreed to shelve contract talks until the end of this season. Point is slated to become a restricted free agent next summer.
THE SCORE: The NHL is reportedly “100 percent open” to adding women to its group of on-ice officials.