NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 13, 2019
Game recaps, injury updates, Evgeni Malkin receives a one-game suspension, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3 to snap the latter’s seven-game winning streak. Bruins winger Brad Marchand scored a goal and set up three others and David Krejci scored twice. Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane (one assist) extended his points streak to 15 games. The Bruins played without high-scoring winger David Pastrnak, who’s sidelined at least two weeks with an injured left thumb. The Blackhawks (55 points) remain four points out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on how the Pastrnak injury could affect the Bruins plans leading up to the Feb. 25 trade deadline later this morning in the Rumors section.
The Carolina Hurricanes (64 points) are one point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins in the chase for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference after defeating the Ottawa Senators 4-1. Teuvo Teravainen scored twice and Micheal Ferland had a three-point performance. Senators goalie Craig Anderson missed the game after suffering a minor scratch to his left eye after being struck with a tennis ball on Monday. He’ll join the Sens for their road trip to Detroit though it’s uncertain if he’ll play in Thursday game against the Red Wings.
Jack Eichel collected two assists in the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders, ending the latter’s three-game win streak. The Sabres (63 points) move to within two points of the Penguins for the final Eastern wild-card berth.
Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin had a 30-save shutout performance and teammate Tyler Seguin scored twice to down the Florida Panthers 3-0. The Stars now have six wins in their last eight games.
Sergei Bobrovsky kicked out 20 shots as the Columbus Blue Jackets blanked the Washington Capitals 3-0. The Jackets (67 points) now sit two behind the Capitals for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and collected three assists in a 6-3 victory over the Calgary Flames, handing the latter their fourth straight loss. Sean Monahan scored twice for the Flames (74 points), who now sit two points behind the San Jose Sharks for second place in the Pacific Division.
The St. Louis Blues picked up their seventh straight win by crushing the New Jersey Devils 8-3. Alex Pietrangelo and Ivan Barbashev each tallied two goals and added an assist for the Blues (61 points), who hold the first wild-card spot in the West.
Andreas Athanasiou’s third-period goal held up as the game-winner as the Detroit Red Wings edged the Nashville Predators 3-2. Wings goalie Jimmy Howard made 32 saves.
James van Riemsdyk scored twice, including the game-winner, as the Philadelphia Flyers rallied to edge the Minnesota Wild 5-4. Luke Kunin tallied twice for the Wild. With 59 points, the Flyers are six points out of an Eastern Conference wild-card spot.
Mark Scheifele scored twice and added an assist and Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers. It was the Jets’ eighth win in their last nine home games.
Three second-period power-play goals within 1:49 gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche, who suffered their eighth straight loss. With 55 points, the Avs are four points out of a wild-card berth. Auston Matthews had a goal and two assists while Kaspari Kapanen and Nazem Kadri each scored twice for the Leafs. Alex Kerfoot and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia native Ryan Graves tallied for the Avs.
Arizona Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper made 41 saves in a 5-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights, handing the latter their fourth straight home loss. With the win, the Coyotes (55 points) move with four of a wild card spot.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom is dealing with back spasms.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That explains why the Canucks yesterday acquired goalie Marek Mazanec from the New York Rangers in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick in 2020.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin received a one-game suspension for swinging his stick at the head of Philadelphia Flyers winger Michael Raffl. The Penguins also announced defenseman Olli Maatta is on injured reserve for an undetermined time due to an upper-body injury.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens placed Michael Chaput on waivers.