NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 7, 2019
Game recaps, injury updates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom each had a goal and an assist to lead the Washington Capitals to a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Capitals goalie Braden Holtby collected his 250th career victory while Brian Elliott was chased from the Flyers net after giving up four goals on 19 shots. The Capitals (85 points) hold a two-point lead over the New York Islanders for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
The Vancouver Canucks overcame a 2-0 deficit to upset the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on an overtime goal by Alexander Edler. Loui Eriksson and former Leaf Josh Leivo scored in the third period to set the stage for Edler’s winner. The Leafs (87 points) remain two points behind the Boston Bruins for second place in the Atlantic Division while the Canucks (65 points) remain seven out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
Speaking of the Leafs, general manager Kyle Dubas got a chuckle out of Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand’s subtle trolling by suggesting Mitch Marner is worth $12 million per season. Meanwhile, the club re-signed defenseman Andreas Borgman to a one-year, two-way extension.
Former Canucks forward Jonathan Dahlen has quit social media after receiving hateful messages from Canucks fans upset over his supposed trade request. Canucks GM Jim Benning said Dahlen asked to be traded but the winger said he never made such a request. He was shipped to the San Jose Sharks last week.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s no such thing as “social media”. It’s very anti-social, especially if you’re someone with even a modicum of fame. Dahlen will probably find life less stressful now that he’s off the social media grid.
Third-period goals by Robert Thomas and Alex Pietrangelo lifted the St. Louis Blues to a 5-4 win over the Anaheim Ducks. The Blues had squandered a 3-1 lead before their late third-period rally. Thomas had two goals on the night as the Blues (76 points) remain in third place in the Central Division.
The Vegas Golden Knights picked up their fifth straight victory by edging the Calgary Flames 2-1. Deryk Engelland scored the game-winner in the third period, handing the Flames their third consecutive defeat. Golden Knights netminder Marc-Andre Fleury finally gave up a goal after sporting back-to-back shutouts. The Flames (89 points) remain atop the Western Conference while the Golden Knights (79 points) sit third in the Pacific Division.
BOSTON HERALD: Bruins winger Marcus Johansson suffered a lung contusion following a big hit from Carolina’s Micheal Ferland on Tuesday. He will be re-evaluated in one week.
NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders have recalled goaltender Christopher Gibson. That’s probably not a good sign for starter Robin Lehner, who suffered an apparent head injury during Tuesday’s game against Ottawa.
SPORTSDAY: Dallas Stars forward Radek Faksa (neck injury) is doubtful for tonight’s game against the Colorado Avalanche.
TSN: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman dismissed speculation of the Ottawa Senators moving given their struggles on the ice and in constructing a new arena in downtown Ottawa. Bettman said he hasn’t been asked to step in and will always help when asked. He also expressed support for Senators owner Eugene Melnyk.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Senators fans anxious about their team relocating should remember that it takes league approval for that to happen. The time to worry is when Bettman starts dropping hints about relocation unless they start getting more support or a new arena.
Mark Stone contract is not signed yet but it should be done in the next few days. @GoldenKnights GM George McPhee was out of town for family reasons and didn’t met Stone yet. He will soon and he wanted to make sure to be there for the contract signature.
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) March 6, 2019