NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 6, 2019

by | Oct 6, 2019 | News, NHL | 24 comments

Game recaps, injury updates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Montreal Canadiens overcame a 4-1 third-period deficit to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5 on a shootout goal by Paul Byron. Brendan Gallagher had a goal and two assists for the Canadiens while Auston Matthews scored twice for the Leafs.

Connor McDavid’s four-point performance carried the Edmonton Oilers to a 6-5 win over the L.A. Kings (Photo via NHL Images).

Connor McDavid had a four-point performance (one goal, three assists) and James Neal scored twice as the Edmonton Oilers edged the Los Angeles Kings 6-5. Kings captain Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists.

Mika Zibanejad’s hat trick carried the New York Rangers to a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Zibanejad scored at even strength, shorthanded, and on the power play. Speaking of the Senators, they will retire Chris Phillips’ No. 4 during a pre-game ceremony on Feb. 18 against the Buffalo Sabres. “The Big Rig” spent his entire 17-season NHL career with the Senators, holding the franchise record for games played with 1,179.

Patric Hornqvist and Jared McCann each scored twice as the Pittsburgh Penguin thumped the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-2. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby had a rare fight, tussling with Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois. It was a costly win for the Penguins as forwards Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad left the game with injuries. Updates on their status are expected later today.

Tyler Bertuzzi had a four-point performance (two goals, two assists) as the Detroit Red Wings upset the Nashville Predators 5-3. Wings goalie Jimmy Howard kicked out 39 shots for the win.

Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and coach Joel Quenneville picked up their first win with the Florida Panthers with a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Bobrovsky made 32 saves while teammate Mike Hoffman tallied a hat trick.

The Calgary Flames blanked the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 as David Rittich turned in a 34-save shutout. Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau had a hand in all three goals, scoring one and setting up the other two. The Canucks scratched veteran winger Loui Eriksson.

The Colorado Avalanche’s top line led the way as they doubled up the Minnesota Wild 4-2. Mikko Rantanen had a goal and an assist, Nathan MacKinnon collected two helpers and Gabriel Landeskog netted one goal. Philipp Grubauer made 29 saves to seal the victory.

Jack Eichel and Rasmus Dahlin had three-point performances while Sam Reinhart and Victor Olofsson each scored twice as the Buffalo Sabres crushed the New Jersey Devils 7-2. Devils winger Taylor Hall briefly left the game after being shaken up following a collision with Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe but returned for the third period.

Third-period goals by Brayden Schenn and Sammy Blais lifted the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars. Blues forward Robert Thomas sat out the game with an unspecified upper-body injury.

John Gibson made 35 saves as the Anaheim Ducks beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1, handing the latter their third straight loss. Second-period goals by Ryan Getzlaf and Adam Henrique broke a 1-1 tie for the Ducks.

Jake Gardiner’s first goal with the Carolina Hurricanes was an overtime winner in a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals. Gardiner’s goal completed a two-goal third-period rally by the Hurricanes.

A 35-save shutout by Jaroslav Halak carried the Boston Bruins to a 1-0 blanking of the Arizona Coyotes. Brad Marchand tallied the lone goal as the Bruins picked up their 15th consecutive victory over the Coyotes. Earlier in the day, the Coyotes recalled goalie Antti Raanta from his conditioning stint with their AHL affiliate.



  1. Got to give Price and Canadiens for the comeback.However, the Leafs just threw this game away.They had so many gift wrapped giveaways in their own end that I thought Christmas had come early.Same pattern in all 3 games they have played.

    • Don cherry said it best the leafs are built for the regular season not the playoffs, Weber hits their newly appointed captain with a pretty big hit and no one did anything about it

  2. Leafs will do fine as long as they remain on the power play the whole game.

    • The true Ceci has begun to show himself.

  3. While I agree the Leafs do need more sand in their game. The hit Weber laid on Tavares was clean and a great hockey play , no retribution was necessary. That’s where hockey could go down the wrong road again , where retribution is considered on every hit.
    Last year Matthews hit Weber and Weber went down, nobody thought it was necessary to go after Matthews. Body checking is part of the game

    • Matthews throw a hit? Lol cmoooon man

      • Probably zigged when he shoulda zagged 😉

  4. What’s worse Kapanen throwing a hissy fit and throwing a stick at an opponent’s legs or the tough couch who goes out of his way to single out players like Spezza and Sparks while rewarding Kapanen with a subsequent shift afterward.

    Leaders lead. Coaches hold players accountable when they don’t perform on the ice not when their egos get bruised.

    What can we expect for next game? Is Babcock going to tinker with the fourth line and have others sit to watch a primadonna figure skate on the first line?

    Teach Kapanen a lesson. Have him sit in the press box. If the message wont resonate with him, maybe it will for the others.

    So far all Babcock is teaching his players is don’t be like Sparks for calling out the lack of heart and toughness publicly, keep it in house.

    But if the coach can’t fix the problem then find someone who will.

    Don Cherry is right. This team needs toughness.

  5. Don Cherry’s the guy to fix the Leafs – he could turn five points out of six into one or two easily.

    • The problem is he has more hockey knowledge in his pinky than you have total! He’s not wrong the leafs haven’t won a playoff series in how long? So his statement is spot on

      • No argument there but I just checked Cherry’s coaching record – six NHL seasons, five with Boston, one with Colorado, two Cup finals, no Cups won. Six seasons.
        Check the top coaches ovèr the years. How does Cherry compare?
        He has a vested interest in selling Rock em Sock em hockey. He’s 85 years old. Things have changed a bit since his six year career ended.

      • 2 cup finals in 6 years is pretty good!

  6. Ha Ha, all that hate for the Leafs because they didn’t retaliate to a legal hit.
    The hockey knowledge on here is hilarious.
    Don is right they do need more sand , but to start fighting after every legal hit would ruin the game.
    Got rid of the goons that sat at the end of the bench and fought staged fights was good for hockey.
    Fights that just happen are exciting.

    • You don’t need to fight, just do something!! That’s what don is saying it’s like the leafs are scared to get involved physically and when the playoffs come around well………….you’ve seen what happens and th3 results aren’t there for the leafs

      • You mean like score a goal or do you mean something else? I hope someone can make the argument that scoring is not the best thing to do.

        Plus when you see guys like Moore rub out Webber behind the net, is that not fun?

      • What an epic collapse in the third eh Ron! Montreal lost in the preseason to what you called the Marlies! Isn’t that a slap in the face to lose to Montreal in the regular season?

  7. Leafs are very soft and weak but most teams are Montreal not a huge team either. I still say take the first two rows out of the rink make surface bigger there is no room out there players to fast.

  8. They got rid of the fingernail twins Bozak and JVR, Marceau and the eggs he carried in his pockets, Zaitsev who was never the same after he had the flu, Gardiner the figureskater, and others and yet they still come up with soft players like Kapanen. My aunt Sally woukd lay some of these players out with a body check if she was wearing a pair of rubber boots.

    I get it that the game has changed and there’s less to nonexistent fighting but it is still a physical game.

  9. No one on the current or past Leaf roster can intimidate Weber.
    He just won’t have it. (the rumor is that he’s 1/32 grizz).

    That was a beautiful hit to watch. He just crumbled JT, and that’s not an easy thing to do.

    Who could respond, and what good would it have done?

    The Leafs need the roster spots for scoring wingers, not tough guys. With that defense they’ll need to score 4 to 7 every game.

    • What good would it have done? You must not have ever played competitive hockey? But yes the leafs defence is weak that ceci is terrible and if Barrie isn’t getting points he’s useless out there

      • Please enlighten me.
        What good would it have done?

        Who, on the ice would have made a difference to what was already done?

        It’s not like Wendel Clarke was gonna go tune him in.

        The guys on the ice at the time couldn’t tune a guitar, let alone Shea friggin Weber.

        I skated once.

  10. I say bring back Phaneuf for league minimum as your 6 or 7 defenseman and work out a deal that ships Ceci and Kapanen out for two gritty forwards. It’s not a solution but a step.

    • Sounds like a plan but the flaw in that idea Frank is, where does he find trade partners who are not aware of Ceci’s defensive problems and who want a soft F and are prepared to give up gritty F – not to mention able to take on their cap hits of $4.5 and $3.2 mil?

      • What a mistake signing ceci was! The guy is barely an nhler let alone on the top pairing with Reilly