NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 4, 2019
Game recaps and remembering the late Ted Lindsay in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Hall of Fame forward Ted Lindsay has passed away at the age of 93. He spent all but three of his 17 NHL seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, helping them win four Stanley Cups in the 1950s and served as captain from 1952-53 to 1956-57. He also starred on the famous “Production Line” with Gordie Howe and Sid Abel.
A skilled, tough, rambunctious player, “Terrible Ted” mocked opponents, clashed with referees and argued with Wings head coach and general manager Jack Adams. His efforts to form a players union led to his being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1957.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lindsay left a long legacy with the Red Wings and in the NHL. In 1,068 games, Lindsay tallied 379 goals, 472 assists and 851 points, along with 1,808 PIMs, winning the Art Ross Trophy in 1950. In 133 playoff games, he scored 47 goals and 96 points. He later went on to serve as Red Wings general manager from 1977 to 1980 and briefly coached them in 1979-80 and 1980-81.
Lindsay was long active in the Detroit community and raised over $1.5 million for autism research. In 2010, the NHL Players Association remained the Lester B. Pearson Award to the Ted Lindsay Award in recognition of his groundbreaking efforts to form a union. Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966, Lindsay was named one of the NHL’s 100 greatest players in 2017.
NHL.COM: Blake Wheeler scored four goals, Mark Scheifele collected three assists, and Connor Hellebuyck kicked out 40 shots to give the Winnipeg Jets a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Jets (82 points) hold first place in the Central Division while the Blue Jackets (75 points) sit two points behind the Montreal Canadiens for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since the trade deadline, the Jackets have dropped three of their last games. This definitely isn’t the outcome management expected when they brought in Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel, Adam McQuaid and Keith Kinkaid leading up to last Monday’s trade deadline.
Ryan Johansson’s shootout goal gave the Nashville Predators a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild, snapping the latter’s five-game winning streak. Predators forward Craig Smith rejoined the lineup after missing six games with a lower-body injury. The Predators (81 points) sit one behind the Jets for first place in the Central Division while the Wild (71 points) hold the final wild-card spot in the West.
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves to pick up his second straight shutout (and his league-leading eighth of the season) backstopping his club to a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Fleury also leads the league with 32 wins. With the loss, the Canucks (63 points) sit eight points out of a playoff berth in the Western Conference.
A three-goal third period powered the San Jose Sharks to a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Melker Karlsson tallied twice for the Sharks, who were playing without defenseman Erik Karlsson for the second straight game with a groin injury. Karlsson won’t require surgery but the Sharks intend to be “extra cautious” with him. The Blackhawks (63 points) sit eight points out of a playoff spot in the West.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of course they’ll be “extra cautious.” The Sharks want Karlsson healthy and ready to go for the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. No point risking reaggravating that injury on some meaningless games down the stretch.
Alex Ovechkin tallied the game-winner to give the Washington Capitals a 3-2 shootout win over the New York Rangers. With the win, the Capitals (83 points) take over sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division from the New York Islanders.
The Philadelphia Flyers picked up their 16th victory in their last 21 games by defeating the Islanders 4-1. Claude Giroux collected two assists for the Flyers, reaching the 70-point plateau for the sixth time in his career. Forwards Jakub Voracek missed the game with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day while Nolan Patrick left the game after taking a puck to the head and is listed as day-to-day. With 72 points, the Flyers are five points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and an assist as the Anaheim Ducks snapped a five-game losing skid by edging the Colorado Avalanche 2-1. Avalanche defenseman Ian Cole was ejected from the game following a knee-on-knee hit on Ducks forward Devin Shore, who had to be helped off the ice and didn’t return. He undergoes an MRI today. The loss leaves the Avalanche (68 points) three points behind the Minnesota Wild for the final Western Conference wild-card spot.
The Ottawa Senators ended a five-game losing streak by nipping the Florida Panthers 3-2. Senators goalie Anders Nilsson made 30 saves for the win.