NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 9, 2019
Hurricanes defeat Rangers, James van Riemsdyk fined, injury updates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes picked up their first victory in Madison Square Garden since 2010 by blanking the New York Rangers 3-0. Petr Mrazek made 27 saves for the shutout as his teammates scored all three goals in the third period.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the win, the Hurricanes move one point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins, who hold the second wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.
NEW YORK POST: Before the game, the Rangers celebrated the 25th anniversary of their 1994 Stanley Cup championship.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doesn’t seem like it’s been a quarter-century since the Rangers won their last Cup. There’s now a generation of their fans with no memory of their club winning hockey’s ultimate prize.
NHL.COM: Mike Keenan, who coached the Rangers to their ’94 championship, has been cleared to resume normal duties following several months of treatment for prostate cancer. “Because Keenan’s cancer wasn’t advanced, he was a candidate for the brachytherapy and did not need to have the cancer surgically removed.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Glad to hear Keenan’s treatment was successful.
NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: The NHL’s department of player safety fined Philadelphia Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk $5,000.00 for high-sticking Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez.
SPORTSDAY: The Dallas Stars placed goaltender Ben Bishop (upper body) on injured reserve. He’s expected to return to action on Tuesday against the Florida Panthers.
NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (lower-body injury) is expected to miss today’s game against the Kings.
WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres winger Sam Reinhart clarified comments he made about his club needing more from their goaltenders following Thursday’s 6-5 loss to the Hurricanes.
“I got a call last night about what I said and at first I was rattled thinking something I said was taken the wrong way, then I watched it again and it came off the wrong way, so that’s on me, that’s not what I meant at all,” he said. Reinhart went on to praise Linus Ullmark and Carter Hutton.