NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 11, 2019
Last night’s game recaps, Blue Jackets discipline Sergei Bobrovsky following an undisclosed incident, latest NHL-NHLPA talks and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored two goals to lead his club to a physical 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins, marking their 14th consecutive win over the Bruins. With 1,171 points, Ovechkin also moved ahead of Bobby Hull into 50th on the all-time NHL points list, becoming only the second active player (Joe Thornton being the other) in the top 50. Capitals winger T.J. Oshie briefly left the game for concussion protocol but returned later in the second period.
After blowing a 3-1 lead, the Columbus Blue Jackets edged the Nashville Predators 4-3 on an overtime goal by Artemi Panarin. It was the 600th career victory for Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella.
The game was overshadowed by the Jackets revealing starting goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky would not be with the club for that game because of an unspecified incident following their previous contest. Management is slated to meet with Bobrovsky today and if all goes well, he will return to the lineup for Saturday`s contest against Washington.
S NOTE: No details were revealed over the incident. TSNs Pierre LeBrun reported it had nothing to do with Bobrovsky`s relationship with Tortorella.
Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares tallied twice, including his 300th career NHL goal, in a 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. Teammate Mitch Marner had a goal and an assist.
Edmonton Oilers captain scored twice and tallied the winner in a shootout as his club nipped the Florida Panthers 4-3. McDavid also picked up an assist.
Josh Bailey scored late in the third period to give the New York Islanders a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers. The Islanders were outshot 17-1 in the final frame. Isles forward Mathew Barzal had a three-point performance.
The Philadelphia Flyers snapped an eight-game losing skid as they hung on for a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars. Flyers goalie Carter Hart made 37 saves while James van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist.
The Tampa Bay Lightning tallied three unanswered third-period goals, including two by Brayden Point, to down the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1. Hurricanes captain Justin Williams tallied his 300th career goal.
Rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington made 28 saves as the St. Louis Blues dominated the Montreal Canadiens in a 4-1 victory. Blues center Ryan O`Reilly collected two assists.
Jason Zucker scored two goals and Devan Dubnyk kicked out 26 shots as the Minnesota Wild edged the Winnipeg Jets 3-2. Earlier in the day, the Wild revealed forward Eric Fehr will be sidelined one-to-two weeks with an upper-body injury.
The Ottawa Senators picked up their second straight road win for the first time this season by downing the Los Angeles Kings 4-1. Senators center Chris Tierney tallied twice. They also played with Matt Duchene, who remains in Ottawa following the birth of his son.
The San Jose Sharks defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2, ending the latter`s win streak at seven games. Sharks goaltender Martin Jones picked up the win by turning aside 36 shots.
Richard Panik scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the Arizona Coyotes beat the Vancouver 4-3.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist has suffered his second concussion of the season and the fourth since the start of 2016-17. Meanwhile, forward Zach Aston-Reese remains sidelined with a hand injury.
DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings defenseman Mike Green will return to the lineup after being sidelined by a foot injury since Dec. 11.
TSN: Player agent Anton Thun considers linking CBA talks to a deadline for a World Cup of Hockey tournament in 2020 to be a travesty. The league has set a deadline of the upcoming All-Star weekend (Jan 26-27) for reaching an agreement with the NHLPA on a tournament for September 2020. The two sides have scheduled further discussions for next weekend.
SPECTOR`S NOTE: Staging the tournament next September would mean the league and the PA won
t exercise their early opt-out of the current CBA in September. Player agent Alan Walsh claims escrow remains the primary issue for the players.