NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 11, 2019
Game recaps and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Patrik Laine scored twice and collected two assists as the Winnipeg Jets tamed the Minnesota Wild 5-2. Jets captain Blake Wheeler tallied two points, including his 700th career point. The Wild have dropped three straights games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Laine is off to a sizzling start to this season, tied with Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (10 points) for the league scoring lead. After his messy contract standoff, the young Jets winger is playing like he’s got something to prove.
Patrick Marleau scored two goals in his return with the San Jose Sharks as they beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4. Teammate Brent Burns notched his 200th career NHL goal. The win snapped the Sharks four-game losing skid. Andrew Shaw tallied twice for the Blackhawks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks’ defense is still struggling. They must improve in their own end to build a winning record.
Brayden Point scored twice and set up another in his season debut as the Tampa Bay Lightning struck for a 7-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Bolts forwards Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos each had four points. Auston Matthews tallied two points for the Leafs while Frederik Andersen was pulled after giving up seven goals on 28 shots.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Lightning led 4-3 after the first period and pulled away as the game went on. Toronto’s defense is already an early cause for concern this season.
Connor McDavid’s game-tying goal late in the third period set the stage for Leon Draisaitl’s shootout winner as the Edmonton Oilers nipped the New Jersey Devils 4-3. The Oilers are unbeaten in their first four games of the season while the Devils remain winless through four. Devils defenseman Andy Green missed the game with an upper-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Devils poor start is among this season’s early surprises. The off-season additions of P.K. Subban, Wayne Simmonds, Nikita Gusev, and Jack Hughes plus a healthy Taylor Hall were supposed to turn them into playoff contenders. There’s still plenty of time to turn things around but their fans will get restless if it doesn’t happen soon.
Sidney Crosby scored and set up another as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Anaheim Ducks 2-1. Penguins goalie Matt Murray kicked out 31 shots. Patric Hornqvist rejoined the lineup for this game after leaving the previous one with an unspecified injury.
Colorado Avalanche netminder Philipp Grubauer made 39 saves backstopping his club to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog each had a goal and an assist as the Avs rallied from a 2-0 first-period deficit. The Avs are unbeaten in their first three games.
David Perron scored twice, including the game-winner, as the St. Louis Blues beat the Ottawa Senators 6-4, handing the latter their third straight defeat. Ryan O’Reilly scored and set up three others for the Blues.
The Nashville Predators overcame 4-2 and 5-4 deficits to squeak past the Washington Capitals 6-5. Nick Bonino and Mattias Ekholm scored within 28 seconds of each other with the game-tying and winning goals. Alex Ovechkin scored two goals for the Capitals.
David Rittich kicked out 34 shots and Johnny Gaudreau scored the shootout winner as the Calgary Flames overcame a 2-0 deficit to down the Dallas Stars 3-2. Rittich also stopped Stars winger Alexander Radulov’s penalty shot in overtime.
The Detroit Red Wings spoiled the Montreal Canadiens’ home opener by doubling up the Habs 4-2. Anthony Mantha tallied his sixth goal of the season while goaltender Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves.
The Arizona Coyotes picked up their first win of the season by dropping the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1. Conor Garland scored two goals and Darcy Kuemper made 36 saves. Golden Knights goalie Malcolm Subban left the game following the first period with an undisclosed injury.
IN OTHER NEWS…
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Martinook will undergo surgery today to repair a core muscle injury. He’s expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars restricted free agent Julius Honka signed with JYP in Finland’s Liiga. The deal comes with an out-clause should he sign an NHL contract before Dec. 1. The Stars still retain Honka’s NHL rights.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Honka has requested a trade but the Stars haven’t yet found a deal to their liking. If he’s not re-signed by Dec. 1 he’ll be ineligible to play in the NHL for the rest of the season.