NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 2, 2019
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.
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.