NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 14, 2019
Game recaps and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Sebastian Aho’s hat trick powered the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 victory over the Nashville Predators. The Hurricanes have won seven of their last 10 and sit four points out of an Eastern Conference wild-card berth. Filip Forsberg scored twice for the Predators.
The Anaheim Ducks dropped their 11th straight game as they were edged by the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on an overtime goal by Bryan Little. Following the game, Ducks general manager Bob Murray issued a statement saying he has no plans “at this time” to replace beleaguered head coach Randy Carlyle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Murray doesn’t intend to make a coaching change he’ll have to consider shaking up his roster to get his club back on track. Despite their lengthy losing skid, the Ducks sit just outside of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky returned to action and made 22 saves in a 7-5 win over the New York Rangers, who’ve dropped six of their last season games. Nick Foligno scored twice while Artemi Panarin, Cam Atkinson, and Ryan Murray each had two points for the Jackets. Mats Zuccarello tallied two goals for the Rangers, who were criticized for their poor performance by head coach David Quinn. The Jackets were playing without center Brandon Dubinsky (hamstring) and winger Markus Hannikainen (elbow), who could be on injured reserve longer than anticipated.
Before the game, former Blue Jacket and Ranger Rick Nash was honored by the Jackets and made the ceremonial puck drop with his family. Nash recently announced his retirement for health reasons after 15 NHL seasons.
Loui Erikson had a three-point performance and Jacob Markstrom turned aside 23 shots as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Florida Panthers 5-1. The Canucks are tied with the Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks (47 points) but sit just outside of the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
A three-goal outburst in the opening five minutes of the first period powered the New York Islanders to a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Cal Clutterbuck, Matt Martin, and Casey Cizikas each had two points and Thomas Greiss kicked out 38 shots. Earlier in the day, the NHL Department of Player Safety fined Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev over $2,400.00 for cross-checking Buffalo Sabres forward Johan Larsson.
Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano commemorated his 800th career NHL contest with two goals and an assist in a 7-1 drubbing over the Arizona Coyotes. Matthew Tkachuk also scored twice for the Flames.
NBC SPORTS: Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby avoided serious injury after being struck in his left eye by a stick during Saturday’s loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Holtby said he suffered a scratch to the eye but took part in practice Sunday and expects to be fully recovered within 24 hours. The Capitals have no plans to call up a goalie.
TSN: The Toronto Maple Leafs re-signed winger Trevor Moore to a two-year, $1.575-million contract extension.