NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 16, 2019
Game recaps and injury updates in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Calgary Flames winger Matt Tkachuk had a five-point performance (two goals, three assists) to lead his club to a 5-1 drubbing of the New York Rangers. The Flames (95 points) regained first place in the Western Conference from the San Jose Sharks, who sit one point back.
The Toronto Maple Leafs overcame 3-1 and 5-2 deficits to edge the Philadelphia Flyers 7-6. Auston Matthews and Jake Muzzin each scored twice for the Leafs, while former Leaf James van Riemsdyk tallied a hat trick and Claude Giroux collected three assists for the Flyers. With the win, the Leafs (91 points) moved within two points of the Boston Bruins for second place in the Atlantic Division while the Flyers (76 points) fall seven points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Speaking of the Blue Jackets (83 points), they took over sole possession of that wild-card berth by blanking the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0. Sergei Bobrovsky kicked out 46 shots while Adam McQuaid, David Savard, and Josh Anderson were the goal scorers. The Jackets are tied with the Hurricanes in points but the latter holds the top wild-card spot with one game in hand.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 40 saves and Ryan Reaves scored the winning goal as the Vegas Golden Knights squeaked past the Dallas Stars 2-1. It was Fleury’s sixth straight win in as many starts, while the Stars (79 points) remain in the first Western Conference wild-card berth. Before this game, the Stars revealed starting goalie Ben Bishop was listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Corey Perry and Hampus Lindholm scored in the final minute of regulation to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Perry scored twice and Ryan Getzlaf collected three assists for the Ducks, who revealed earlier in the day that center Ryan Kesler’s ongoing hip ailment could sideline him for the remainder of the season. The loss leaves the Avalanche (72 points) five points out of a Western wild-card spot.
The New Jersey Devils had a bittersweet 3-2 shootout victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Despite the win, the Devils are officially eliminated from the playoff race. Damon Severson scored the winner in the seventh round of the shootout. Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev suffered a season-ending lower-body injury.