NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 27, 2019
Game recaps, injury updates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists as the Boston Bruins downed the San Jose Sharks 4-1. It was a costly loss for the Sharks as defenseman Erik Karlsson left the game in the third period with a groin injury. The game also featured a fight between Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and Sharks winger Evander Kane after the latter took exception to a high hit from Chara. The league is reviewing the hit.
Max Domi had a career-high five-point night, Jonathan Drouin a career-best four assists, and Andrew Shaw collected his first career NHL hat trick as the Montreal Canadiens crushed the Detroit Red Wings 8-1. The Canadiens (75 points) hold the first Eastern Conference wild-card spot.
The Carolina Hurricanes (74 points) moved ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets into third place in the Metropolitan Division with a 6-1 drubbing of the Los Angeles Kings, Dougie Hamilton tallied twice and Teuvo Teravainen collected four points for the Hurricanes, who’ve won eight of their last 10 games.
Speaking of the Penguins and Blue Jackets, Jared McCann scored twice while Jake Guentzel, Evgeni Malkin, and Sidney Crosby also scored as the Pens defeated the Jackets 5-2. With 74 points, the Penguins hold the second wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference, holding a one-point lead over the Jackets.
The Minnesota Wild moved into the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference by edging the Winnipeg Jets 3-2. Jason Zucker and Joel Eriksson Ek tallied with two third-period goals 26 seconds apart for the Wild, who’ve picked up their fourth straight victory. Ryan Donato also had two assists for the Wild.
The Jets (78 points) remain one back of the Nashville Predators for the top spot in the Central Division. They also received bad news about defenseman Josh Morrissey, who’s sidelined until at least early- April with an upper-body injury suffered during Sunday’s game against the Coyotes.
The Washington Capitals rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to thump the Ottawa Senators 7-2. T.J. Oshie scored twice in the second period, including his 20th of the season. The Capitals (79 points) moved into a tie with the New York Islanders but the latter still holds the Metropolitan Division lead because they hold two games in hand.
A two-goal third period gave the Calgary Flames a 3-1 victory over the Islanders. Mike Smith made 26 saves for the Flames, who picked up their sixth straight win and lead the Western Conference with 87 points.
A 34-save effort by Brian Elliott carried the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres (66 points), dropping the latter eight points out of an Eastern Conference playoff spot while the Flyers are seven points out.
Joel Binnington made 19 saves as the St. Louis Blues blanked the Predators 2-0. Alex Pietrangelo and Tyler Bozak were the goal scorers.
Max Pacioretty scored two goals to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars, dropping the Stars (67 points) to a one-point lead over the Colorado Avalanche for the final Western Conference playoff spot.
Vinnie Hinostroza’s shootout goal gave the Arizona Coyotes a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers, moving the Coyotes (65 points) within two points of a wild-card spot in the West. Derek Stepan scored twice in regulation for the Coyotes, who blew a third-period lead but sent the game into overtime with a shorthanded goal by Stepan. Christian Dvorak made his season debut for the Coyotes after recovering from injuries.