NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 2, 2019

by | Mar 2, 2019 | News, NHL | 5 comments

Game recaps, players and rookie of the month, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his league-leading seventh shutout in a 3-0 blanking of the Anaheim Ducks. William Karlsson, Alex Tuch, and Cody Eakin were the goal scorers, spoiling Ducks goaltender John Gibson’s return after missing three weeks with an upper-body injury. 

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his league-leading seventh shutout on Friday (Photo via NHL Images).

The Carolina Hurricanes picked up their 13th victory in their last 17 games by downing the St. Louis Blues 5-2. Sebastian Aho, Nino Niederreiter, Teuvo Teravainen, Justin Faulk, and Brett Pesce each collected two points.

Following the game, the Hurricanes’ “Storm Surge” celebration featured former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield “knocking out” Jordan Martinook. The Canes (76 points) sit third in the Metropolitan Division, one ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Alex Ovechkin’s 45th goal of the season also proved the game-winner as the Washington Capitals beat the New York Islanders 3-1. The Capitals (81 points) move into a tie with the Islanders, who hold first place in the Metropolitan Division. 

Conor Sheary scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the Buffalo Sabres edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby tallied his 439th career goal, tying Jaromir Jagr for second place on the Penguins all-time goal-scoring list. With the win, the Sabres (68 points) sit seven points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference while the Penguins (75 points) sit just outside the wild-card window.

Travis Konecny and James van Riemsdyk each scored twice to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 6-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils. The Flyers (70 points) sit five points out of a playoff spot and also set an NHL record by using their eighth goaltender in a season as Cam Talbot made 30 saves for the win. 

Joel Armia netted a hat trick and Carey Price made 28 saves as the Montreal Canadiens doubled up the New York Rangers 4-2. With 77 points, the Canadiens hold the first Eastern Conference wild-card spot. 

Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, and Kevin Hayes each tallied two points to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators. The Jets (80 points) reclaim the top spot in the Central Division, one point up on the Predators. 

Marcus Sorenson scored two goals as the San Jose Sharks held off the Colorado Avalanche 4-3. Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog collected three assists as his club sits just outside the Western Conference wild-card berth with 68 points. 

It was a good month for right-wing forwards as the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov, Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane, and the St. Louis Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko are the NHL’s stars of the month for February 2019

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington is the NHL’s rookie of the month for February 2010. He posted a record of 10 wins and one loss, with a 1.44 goals-against average and four shutouts. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Binnington is the main reason why the Blues rose from being near the bottom of the NHL standings when the calendar flipped to 2019 into a playoff spot in the Central Division. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes center Derek Stepan will be sidelined four-to-six weeks with a knee injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Coyotes jockeying for a wild-card spot in the Western Conference, losing Stepan could be a serious setback to their postseason hopes. 


  1. Bought myself a 9 year old Bennington recently. Had a couple fingers worth last night. Hit the spot

    Also bought my bunch of jerks t! Suck it cherry!

    • 👍😂

  2. Kudos Flower!!!

    Re:Pens….., ahhhhh that hurt. A win was needed. Pens outshot them substantially 44-30 and had many many scoring chances and several “just misses”.

    That was tough. Sheary did them no favours…, of course Pens would love for him to get 40 points so the 4th round pick becomes a 3rd; but they didn’t want him to try and get there alone in a game against them (2G, 1A)

    Pens must win in reg today in Montreal

    BTW for those of you who didn’t get to see last nights game …. see if you can catch the clip of Wilson’s penalty …. play by play analyst “I guess they are giving penalties out now for hitting to hard”…… my thoughts exactly …. his hit was the pure definition of a perfect hard hit…. shoulder to shoulder ; not from behind; perfect timing ; solid and jarring

    ….. but Tim Peel sees that hit as “roughing”

    Note…. there was no altercation after that…. just the initial jarring hit ??????

    I’m all for getting headshots out of the game… it has to go

    Tim Peel wants all hitting out????

    Re the OT goal and it being off-side …, yes he was clearly in before puck and they therefore contend that he had control of the puck …. I challenge that contention … how can you be in control if you are engaged with the DMan and the puck is in mid air then bounces on the ice ???

    Go Pens Go

    • He was making a move while in full control, you don’t need to have the puck to be in control. The refs finally got one right

      • Hi BBB

        I have no issue at all with the rule and even going in backwards if in full control

        My challenge is that he had full control… IMO , he didn’t have control of the puck

        It went upstairs and not enough to overturn call on the ice

        To me he didn’t have control… lucky bounce back onto his stick

        It’s a judgement call so could go either way

        Pens should have closed them out in regulation anyway… so no excuses; Pens to blame for their loss.

        It’s a must that they come out firing on all cylinders tonight

        An aside….Under no circumstances was Pens’ Wilson’s hard clean hit “roughing”

        Wilson’s hit was my go to hit when I played …. I never got a penalty for that …., yes I know that was 35+ years ago…. but still