NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 8, 2019

by | Feb 8, 2019 | News, NHL | 7 comments

Game recaps and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes picked up their eighth straight win over the Buffalo Sabres in a 6-5 overtime victory. Teuvo Teravainen scored twice including the game-winner. It was a heartbreaking defeat for the Sabres, who had overcome a 5-3 deficit to force the extra frame. Jeff Skinner also scored two goals while Sam Reinhart called out his goaltenders. “We need more from our goalies and we need it from the start of hockey games. It’s frustrating.”

Mike Matheson’s overtime goal lifted the Florida Panthers over the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby tied Mario Lemieux for the most games played (915) in franchise history. 

Josh Bailey scored the only goal in the shootout as the New York Islanders edged the New Jersey Devils 2-1. The Isles (68 points) hold a two-point lead over the Washington Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division. 

Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the OT winner in a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche (Photo via NHL Images)

Speaking of the Capitals, they blew a 3-1 lead but Evgeny Kuznetsov’s overtime goal enabled them to squeak past the Colorado Avalanche 4-3. It was Kuznetsov’s second goal of the game. The Avs (53 points) have dropped 15 of their last 18 contests and sit two points out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference

Tyler Toffoli’s shootout goal gave the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, snapping the latter’s eight-game winning streak. Veteran defenseman Dion Phaneuf was a healthy scratch

Jonathan Drouin and Phillip Danault each had four-point performances as the Montreal Canadiens dominated the Winnipeg Jets 5-2. It was the Canadiens’ eighth win in their last 10 games and moved them within one point of the Toronto Maple Leafs (69 points) for second in the Atlantic Division. Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 48 saves in a losing cause while coach Paul Maurice called his club’s performance “horseshit.” 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gotta love Maurice’s blunt assessment. Not to take anything away from the Canadiens’ well-deserved victory but the Jets certainly weren’t at their best in this contest. 

Anders Nilsson 45-save shutout carried the Ottawa Senators to a 4-0 victory over the floundering Anaheim Ducks, who’ve dropped six straight games and 18 of their last 20. Ducks goaltender John Gibson was pulled from the game following the second period as a precautionary measure following a collision with teammate Jaycob Megna.

Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals and Marc-Andre Fleury kicked out 36 shots to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings. 

The St. Louis Blues continued their climb in the Western Conference standings by blanking the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0. Brayden Schenn scored the only goal and Jordan Binnington made 32 stops for the Blues (55 points), who vaulted into the second wild-card berth in the Western Conference. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A month ago, the Blues were wallowing near the bottom of the conference and most observers expected them to be sellers by the trade deadline. There’s no more talk of selling now. 

Speaking of teams rising from the dead in the standings, the Chicago Blackhawks picked up their sixth consecutive victory and moved to within two points of a wild-card spot by nipping the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on an overtime goal by Jonathan Toews. The Canucks (55 points) sit just behind the Blues in the wild-card race. Earlier in the day, the Canucks revealed goalie Thatcher Demko would miss seven-to-10 days with a slight sprain. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt we’ll hear any more talk about the Blackhawks approaching Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook about waiving their no-movement clauses. 

The Nashville Predators ended the Dallas Stars’ five-game win streak with a 3-2 overtime victory. Ryan Johansen tallied the winner for the Predators, who activated center Kyle Turris off injured reserve. 

The Edmonton Oilers kept their playoffs hopes alive by downing the Minnesota Wild 4-1 to snap a seven-game winless skid. The Oilers (53 points) sit two points out of a Western Conference wild-card spot. Following the game, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau lamented his slumping club’s poor performance. “There’s some guys there that just are a shell of the players that I’ve known for two-and-a-half years,” he said. 

San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones made 36 saves in a 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames. Evander Kane and Tomas Hertl each scored twice and picked up an assist. 

The Columbus Blue Jackets doubled up the Arizona Coyotes 4-2, handing the latter their fifth straight loss. 


  1. Re: Reinhart calling out the goalies:
    goal 1: Faulk – top shelf, unmarked at the right dot
    goal 2: Teravainen, covered late, sweeping goal off of stomach
    goal 3: McKegg unmarked (for 2 swipes!) at far post
    goal 4: McGinn, unmarked in slot, from a barely contested feed behind the net
    goal 5: Niederreiter in slot, mostly untouched
    goal 6: OT, Teravainen on a 2-on-0.

    Yeah, blame the goalie.

  2. Wow, the west is surely not won yet; and so many teams still waiting in the weeds to pounce at the last minute for eking into the final WC spot. Very very exciting.

    Montreal wins again…. Setting up (tomorrow) a massively important game in a Classic match-up of an already (nigh) Century old rivalry. Chill the beers, order the pizza now! Extremely exciting.

    Now for my other favourite team—– ahhh!!! Loss again— now (once again) in last WC spot with Carolina tightly nipping at the heels. 3-6-1 in last 10.

    Yes, Malkin , Shultz, and Murray are out and new changes of team-mates need time for chemistry to build; but here Sully are a few easy tips/lessons learned/suggestions:

    • LA, who definitely will not be in the post-season; made a healthy scratch of Phaneuf; yet Sully, you saw the need to play JJ (arguably, one of the 2 or 3 WORST D-men in the entire NHL) 20+ minutes , 2nd pairing, AND on special teams. This just MUST stop if Pens have any chance (1) at getting into the play-offs; and (2) if in play-offs, deep success. He must be a press-box add for at least a few games; and MUST be forced to watch his own game tapes.

    • Line juggling is one thing. Massive movement of lines with new players only 3 games in; and putting albeit a well-respected, but quickly aging Matt Cullen at 2C was a huge mistake and needs never to be repeated.

    • Have a one-on-one meeting with Phil and tell him to friggin’ buck up. Line juggling Phil, doesn’t mean you can pout and drag yourself around the ice in a funk because you didn’t get the line-mates you wanted. Also GMJR , please remind Phil that we all realize he doesn’t like to go full tilt into the corners when there is a chance of being hit; but the curling away 20-30 feet from impact, while turning away from the puck and heading up ice w/o any knowledge of where the puck is or will be; HAS TO STOP.

    • The drop pass on zone entry during PPs seems to be failing (as does the PP itself); please try a new entry tactic.

    To GMJR:

    • Pleas waive Ruhweedel immediately

    • Give a shout-out to Bieksa’s agent… a phone call costs you nothing; but could gain you a ton!

    • Have a little chat with Sully w.r.t. playing time (or playing at all) of JJ

    • If you are going to make another move; it can’t be half-way…. Very minor tweak that will not further crimp the currently fragile chemistry; OR absolute all-in move. I don’t see a half-way move that works.

    Venting is some-times cathartic; I’m not so sure today. Hopefully my sourness doesn’t affect my staff or any of my client meetings.

    ….. ahhhh 🙁

    • Bieksa sucks now, he’s not even as good as Hack Johnson. Bieksa is on the same level as Brooks Orpik right now. Ruhwedal is not hurting anyone, he’s available for practice and gives the team 4 pairs at practice.

      • Hi Deee

        Ur right re Ruhweedel not hurting anybody individually …. but I’d rather waive him for cap space

        I watched Bieksa at Spengler …. absolutely 10 times better than JJ…. I know that’s not saying much…, but he is

        I always played centre ; I’m in my late 50’s , not anywhere near the shape I’d like to be in ; and have not had skates on in 5 years …. and I’m objectively thinking I could do better than JJ

        He just can’t position himself right …. I don’t know how many times last night in Pens zone that JJ was closer to his D partner (and sometimes close enough to tap on the shoulder) than the man he was supposed to be covering

        Physical shape wise …. no issues ….. JJ way way better shape than Bieksa. JJ is very strong and can skate, and can hit and can block shots.

        JJ’s problem is between the ears

        All joking aside … and I do mean all joking aside …, I can’t see any scenario in which Pens can get to ECF if they play JJ 20 mins a night

        For whatever reason , Sully and GMJR are completely blind to how bad he is…. so it seems no matter what they will continue with him

        …. so it MUST be bottom pairing; no special teams ; and at absolute max … 12 mins/game

  3. Habs shut down the jets offense after going down 1 than dominated the jets into frustration, julien working with drouin has really paid off drouins confidence is starting to come. Bergevin is in a tough spot whether to buy or stand pat at the deadline since December 1st the habs have been one of the better teams in the east and the league

    • That’s what happens when the players buy in to the system.
      The scoring chances will always come through hard working, sound defensive play.
      Claude will turn that young Finn into Bergy 2.0.
      For the 1st time in years, the Habs have Center depth, and it troubles me to watch.
      Still need someone to play with Weber though.

      • Mete has played great with Weber, just been snake bitten putting the puck in the net