NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 8, 2019
Shutout performances dominate the game recaps in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray made 25 saves to shut out the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0. Phil Kessel snapped a 16-game goalless drought with the game-winning goal and Sidney Crosby (31 goals) scored for the sixth straight game. The Penguins (81 points) vaulted over the Carolina Hurricanes into third place in the Metropolitan Division while the Blue Jackets (77 points) remain two points behind the Montreal Canadiens for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.
Jason Zucker netted a hat trick and Devan Dubnyk kicked out 25 shots as the Minnesota Wild blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0. With 74 points, the Wild opened a three-point lead over the Arizona Coyotes for the final Western Conference wild-card spot. It was only the Lightning’s second defeat in their last 14 games.
Arizona Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper had a 30-save shutout performance while teammates Clayton Keller and Jakob Chychrun scored the only goals in a 2-0 victory over the slumping Calgary Flames. The Coyotes (71 points) sit three behind the Wild for the final Western wild-card spot.
Jake Allen turned aside 28 shots for the St. Louis Blues in a 4-0 blanking of the Los Angeles Kings. Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist for the Blues (78 points), who move within four points of the Winnipeg Jets for second place in the Central Division.
Alexander Radulov collected a hat trick and Ben Bishop made 31 stops as the Dallas Stars shut out the Colorado Avalanche 4-0. The Stars (75 points) hold the first wild-card spot in the West while the Avalanche (70 points) sit four points outside the playoff picture.
The San Jose Sharks (88 points) moved within one point of the Flames for first place in the Western Conference standings by downing the Montreal Canadiens 5-2. Martin Jones made 37 saves and Tomas Hertl tallied his 30th goal of the season. The Canadiens (79 points) hold the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.
Two late third-period goals by Matt Grzelcyk and Patrice Bergeron lifted the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers, extending the Bruins points streak to 18 games. Bergeron scored twice while Jonathan Huberdeau tallied two goals and collected an assist for the Panthers. The Bruins (91 points) widened their lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs by four points for second place in the Atlantic Division.
The New York Islanders doubled up the Ottawa Senators 4-2 to move into a first-place tie with the Washington Capitals (85 points) for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. Valtteri Filppula scored two goals for the Islanders, who were playing without starting goalie Robin Lehner. He’s listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury (head) and the club won’t confirm if it’s a concussion.
Shootout goals by Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Alex DeBrincat gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-4 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Artem Anisimov scored twice for the Blackhawks while Patrick Kane moved into fourth among the franchise scoring leaders with 924 points.
The Edmonton Oilers kept their faint playoff hopes alive by nipping the Vancouver Canucks 3-2. With 67 points, the Oilers are seven points out of a wild-card spot. Leon Draisaitl extended his points streak to 12 games while Connor McDavid collected two assists. Brock Boeser also had two assists for the Canucks.
Andreas Athanasiou scored the only goal in a shootout as the Detroit Red Wings edged the New York Rangers 3-2. He also had a goal and an assist in regulation as the Wings snapped an eight-game losing skid. Before the game, the Wings honored Hall-of-Famer and former captain Ted Lindsay, who passed away earlier this week at age 93. Earlier in the day, the Wings announced defenseman Mike Green will miss the remainder of the season as he continues to battle a liver virus.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks will face the Philadelphia Flyers in Prague to open the 2019-20 NHL season.