NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 11, 2019
Game recaps, Jack Eichel and Jakub Voracek suspended, Hall of Famer Harry Howell passed away, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Matthew Tkachuk’s hat trick carried the Calgary Flames to a 6-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. The Flames ended a four-game losing skid and broke the Golden Knights’ six-game winning streak. Calgary (91 points) regained first place in the Western Conference from the San Jose Sharks.
The Washington Capitals picked up their seventh straight victory by defeating the Winnipeg Jets 3-1. Capitals backup Pheonix Copley made 33 saves and Carl Hagelin tallied the game-winner. With the win, the Capitals (89 points) opened a four-point lead over the New York Islanders for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division.
Jared McCann scored twice and Matt Murray kicked out 39 shots as the Pittsburgh Penguins doubled up the Boston Bruins 4-2, snapping the latter’s 19-game points streak. The Penguins (83 points) opened a two-point lead over the Carolina Hurricanes for third in the Metro Division.
Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau each had a goal and an assist to lead the Florida Panthers to a 6-1 drubbing of the Detroit Red Wings. Barkov reached the 30-goal plateau for their first time in his career and is one point shy of tying his career-high of 78 points.
Rookie Carl Grundstrom scored his second goal in his second straight NHL game as the Los Angeles Kings edged the Anaheim Ducks 3-2.
Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel received a two-game suspension from the league’s department of player safety for an illegal check to the head of Colorado Avalanche center Carl Soderberg on Saturday. Philadelphia Flyers winger Jakub Voracek was also suspended for two games for interference on New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk.
STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko will be re-evaluated in 10 days for an upper-body injury that will sideline him for at least the next four games.
NHL.COM: Minnesota Wild center Victor Rask is expected to return to the lineup today after being sidelined since Feb. 12 with a lower-body injury.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks signed top prospect Quinn Hughes to a three-year entry-level contract. The 19-year-old defenseman was the Canucks first-round pick (seventh overall) and recently completed his second collegiate season with the University of Michigan Wolverines.
NEW YORK POST: Islanders owner Jon Ledecky assures nervous Islanders fans that the plan for a new arena at Belmont Park is proceeding on schedule.
NHL.COM: Hall-of-Fame defenseman Harry Howell passed away yesterday at age 86. Howell spent all but four of his 21 NHL seasons with the New York Rangers, holding the franchise record for most games played (1,411). He won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman in 1966-67, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979 and had his No. 3 retired by the Rangers in 2009.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Former Rangers teammates Rod Gilbert, Vic Hadfield, and Brad Park praised Howell for his leadership and class. He was considered an elite defensive blueliner through most of his long career. My condolences to his family, friends, and former teammates.