NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 8, 2018
Game recaps plus updates on Jonathan Quick, Joe Thornton, Roberto Luongo and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: John Tavares tallied his first hat trick with the Toronto Maple Leafs to spoil the Chicago Blackhawks’ home opener with a wild 7-6 overtime win. Auston Matthews scored twice and Morgan Rielly tallied the game-winner. Patrick Kane netted two goals, including the game-tying marker, while Duncan Keith collected three assists. Before the game, the Blackhawks honored the late Stan Mikita with an emotional pregame tribute.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The good news for the Leafs and Blackhawks is their offense, led by their scoring stars, ranks among the league’s best in the early going. The bad news is they’re also among the league leaders in goals against. Left unaddressed, the latter is going to catch up with them sooner or later.
Ilya Kovalchuk collected his first NHL points (two assists) in five years, Alex Iafallo scored twice and call-up Jack Campbell made 36 saves as the Los Angeles Kings doubled up the Detroit Red Wings 4-2. Campbell got the call as starter Jonathan Quick was listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A tough loss for the Red Wings, who outplayed the Kings through most of this contest.
Justin Williams, Jordan Staal and Warren Foegele each had three-point performances to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to an 8-5 victory over the New York Rangers. Chris Kreider and Jimmy Vesey each scored twice for the Rangers. Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov scored his first goal, becoming the first player born in this century to score in the NHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes celebrated post-game with “a Skol clap, and then everyone storming the length of the ice and jumping into the glass at the opposite end.”
THE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks placed center Joe Thornton on injured reserve after he noticed swelling in his surgically repaired right knee. Sharks coach Pete DeBoer downplayed the decision, calling it “precautionary.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This move still raises concern over whether the 39-year-old Thornton, who’s had surgeries on both knees over the last two seasons, can continue his NHL career.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers placed goaltender Roberto Luongo (right knee) on injured reserve. Still no word as to the severity of the injury. The Panthers have called up Michael Hutchinson to serve as James Riemer’s backup.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Luongo, 39, missed 26 games last season and 19 in 2016-17 to lower-body injuries.
CBS SPORTS: The Anaheim Ducks placed winger Pontus Aberg on waivers.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Sal Berry has the oral history of “The Making of NHL ’94”, still considered “the greatest version of digital puck ever produced.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My son and I played that game endlessly back in the 1990s. A true video game classic.