NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 25, 2018
Game recaps, Golden Knights re-sign Nate Schmidt, Brian Boyle cancer-free, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Toronto Maple Leafs took a 3-0 lead into the third period against the Winnipeg Jets and held on for a 4-2 victory. Nikolaj Ehlers and Mark Scheifele narrowed the score to 3-2 but John Tavares put it out of reach with his first goal in five games. Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen made 38 saves for the win.
Andrei Vasilevskiy turned in a 22-save shutout as the Tampa Bay Lightning blanked the Colorado Avalanche 1-0. Nikita Kucherov tallied the game’s only goal in the third period.
Third-period goals by Frank Vatrano and Evgenii Dadonov set the stage for Mike Hoffman’s overtime winner as the Florida Panthers overcame a 2-0 deficit to down the New York Islanders 3-2.
Bo Horvat scored twice, Jacob Markstrom kicked out 33 shots and Markus Granlund scored the only goal in a shootout as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2. Alex Tuch, who’d been sidelined by a lower-body injury since preseason, rejoined the Golden Knights lineup.
Speaking of the Golden Knights, they reached an agreement with defenseman Nate Schmidt on a six-year, $35.7-million contract extension. The annual average value is $5.95 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Schmidt, who’s currently serving a 20-game suspension for violation of the league’s PED policy, is in the second year of a two-year, $4.45-million contract and was slated to become an unrestricted free agent next July. He’s getting a significant raise based on a limited body of work.
After several seasons as a speedy depth defenseman with the Washington Capitals, Schmidt was selected by the Golden Knights in last year’s expansion draft, quickly establishing himself as a top-four blueliner. He tallied a career-high 36 points in 2017-18 along with seven points in 20 playoff games. The Golden Knights are betting the 27-year-old has the potential to maintain that level of play over the long term.
NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle said his cancer is now in remission. Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia 13 months ago.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Boyle won the Masterton Trophy for perseverance last season. Happy to hear that his treatments were successful.
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter will play his 1,000th career NHL game tonight against the Los Angeles Kings at XCel Energy Center.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators placed defenseman Dan Hamhuis on injured reserve.
SPORTSNET: Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki received a one-game suspension from the NHL Department of Player Safety for elbowing Boston Bruins defenseman Urho Vaakanainen in the head on Tuesday night.
CBS SPORTS: St. Louis Blues forward Robby Fabbri has been sent to their AHL affiliate in San Antonio on a conditioning stint. Fabbri has been sidelined by a groin injury.
NBC SPORTS: The Philadelphia Flyers sent goaltender Michal Neuvirth to the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms for conditioning.
THE SCORE: The New York Rangers placed winger Matt Beleskey on waivers.