NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 22, 2018
Game recaps, Ducks raise Paul Kariya’s No. 9 to the rafter, former Islanders owner Charle Wang passes away, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Buffalo Sabres overcame a two-goal deficit to defeat the Anaheim Ducks 4-2. Kyle Okposo led the way with a goal and an assist. Before the game, the Ducks raised Paul Kariya’s No. 9 to the rafters of the Honda Center beside former linemate Teemu Selanne’s No. 8. Kariya was inducted last fall into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A well-deserved and long-overdue honor for Kariya, who was the Ducks’ first franchise player. My favorite memory of Kariya came in Game 6 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Final. He returned to action after New Jersey Devils defenseman Scott Stevens leveled him with a hard hit earlier in the game, scoring a big goal that helped push that series to seven games. “Off the floor, on the board!”
The Tampa Bay Lightning set an NHL record with 33 shots on goal in one period (!) in a 6-3 drubbing of the Chicago Blackhawks. Brayden Point led the way with a goal and two assists for the Lightning, who finished the game with 55 shots on goal. Blackhawks forward Alex DeBrincat’s points streak was ended at seven games while Tampa Bay forward Yanni Gourde (1 goal) extended his points streak to six games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Blackhawks backup Cam Ward did his best in this one but he got no help from his teammates. Chicago’s defense remains a significant weakness this season.
Backup David Rittich made a career-high 44 saves while Johnny Gaudreau and Garnet Hathaway each scored twice as the Calgary Flames downed the New York Rangers 4-1.
NEWSDAY: Charles Wang, the former owner of the New York Islanders, died Sunday from lung cancer at age 74. Wang owned the franchise from 2000 to 2016.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wang’s legacy is he kept the Islanders in the Long Island vicinity at a time when it was assumed the club would fold or relocate. He did his best to build a new arena for the team but local politics thwarted those efforts. Wang may not have made the best decisions regarding the management of his club but there was no questioning his love of the franchise and his sincere efforts to improve the club.
NBC SPORTS: San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton is joining his teammates during their upcoming three-game road trip but it remains to be seen if he’ll be playing. Thornton’s been sidelined by swelling in his surgically repaired knee.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette wore a bull head mask for a post-game interview following Saturday’s 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers. He said he was holding up “his end of a challenge he issued to his team to win both ends of its back-to-back against the Flames and Oilers this weekend.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And here’s the footage in all its glory!
— Gene Principe (@GenePrincipe) October 21, 2018