NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 3, 2019

by | Nov 3, 2019 | News, NHL | 8 comments

The Islanders win their ninth straight game, the Canucks are rising in the standings, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov turned in a 27-save shutout and Derick Brassard scored the only goal in 1-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. It was the Islanders’ ninth consecutive win. The Sabres are now winless in their last three contests.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Islanders’ impressive hot streak seems to be largely overlooked by the media. Thanks to solid goaltending and disciplined play, they’re one of four teams with 10 victories on the season. They’re just three points behind the league-leading Washington Capitals.

Elias Pettersson scored twice as the Vancouver Canucks beat the San Jose Sharks 5-2 (Photo via NHL Images).

 Elias Pettersson scored two goals to give the Vancouver Canucks a 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks, handing the latter their fifth straight loss. The Canucks extended their points streak to seven games. They also learned sidelined blueliner Quinn Hughes is listed as day-to-day after suffering a bruised knee against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks are one point behind the Oilers and Blues for first place in the Western Conference. The Sharks, meanwhile, sank to the bottom of the Conference standings. They continue to be hampered by poor goaltending and a sputtering offense. 

The Boston Bruins extended their points streak to nine games by beating the Ottawa Senators 5-2. Bruins forwards David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand combined for seven points. Their victory was overshadowed as Senators winger Scott Sabourin was stretchered from the game following a collision with Bruins winger David Backes. Sabourin was taken to local hospital and a follow-up report indicated he was doing ok. Backes also left the game with a suspected concussion.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping both players make speedy recoveries. 

Mike Smith made 51 saves and Leon Draisaitl tallied in overtime as the Edmonton Oilers nipped the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1. Colby Cave also scored for the Oilers while Brian Dumoulin replied for the Penguins.

The Calgary Flames shut out the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 on a 43-save performance by David Rittich. Flames center Sean Monahan scored to snap his 14-game goalless drought. The Jackets are winless in their last four contests. Flames winger Milan Lucic faces a disciplinary hearing for roughing Jackets forward Kole Sherwood.

Andreas Johnsson’s goal in the 11th round of the shootout gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen turned aside 37 shots. Kasperi Kapanen and Jason Spezza each had a goal and an assist. Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, and Ivan Provorov each had two points for the Flyers. Philadelphia center Sean Couturier has been nursing an apparent injury to his left hand.

The St. Louis Blues picked up their fourth straight win by edging the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on an overtime goal by Ryan O’Reilly. The game was marred by several questionable calls against the Wild.

Nathan MacKinnon’s point streak ended at 13 games as the Colorado Avalanche fell 3-0 to the Arizona Coyotes. Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist while Darcy Kuemper made 33 stops for the shutout. The Avs are winless in four straight.

New York Rangers rookie Alexandar Georgiev kicked out 32 shots backstopping his club to a 2-1 upset over the Nashville Predators. Filip Chytil and Ryan Strome were the Rangers’ goalscorers. Earlier in the day, the Predators revealed their jerseys for the 2020 Winter Classic against the Dallas Stars at the Cotton Bowl. 

The Dallas Stars picked up their third straight win by downing the Montreal Canadiens 4-1. Denis Gurianov scored twice, including a penalty-shot goal, while Ben Bishop made 35 saves. Canadiens goalie Carey Price stop 36 shots.

Sergei Bobrovsky picked up his first shutout with the Florida Panthers in a 4-0 blanking of the Detroit Red Wings. Bobrovsky made 22 saves while Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice and collected an assist.

The Winnipeg Jets overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3. Kyle Connor scored in overtime and collected two assists while.Mathieu Perreault scored twice for the Jets. The flu sidelined Golden Knights starter Marc-Andre Fleury from this game.

P.K. Subban tallied the go-ahead goal as the New Jersey Devils beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3. It was the Devils first win in four games.

The Los Angeles Kings snapped a four-game losing skid with a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Drew Doughty potted the winner in overtime. Blackhawks blueliner Erik Gustafsson was a healthy scratch.


  1. Another not so proud Lucic moment! Every time he touches the puck (which is rarely) he kills the play! Seriously do the flames not have a better player with more skill to put in their lineup to make them a better team?

  2. ***Discussion *** Adam Lowry hit Alex Tuch debatable if clean or not (that’s not my discussion).

    On the very next play Gerald Gallant puts Ryan Reaves on the ice to take the draw against Lowry. Reaves isn’t a center, everyone knows why he is on the ice. The ref skates over and has a discussion asking why Reaves is at Center, Lowry says it’s ok and Maurice chose not to pull Lowry off the ice. Puck is dropped and the fight is on. Quickly it’s over no one hurt and the game plays on without any further incidents.

    Good or bad? Should there be a warning to Gallant for putting Reaves at C for the sole purpose to fight or a 2 minute minor for instigating? Should have Paul Maurice pulled Lowry off the ice? Or is everything ok because no one got hurt and it all ended with the fight? No slashing, cross checking or chasing Lowry around for the remainder of the game.

    • Didn’t see the hit but saw the fight in the highlights and Lowry did well! Clearly a message and fight order sent with Reaves taking a draw as he isn’t a centre but he knew why he was sent on the ice! But 2 tough guys settled it quickly with no injury and to me a bench minor to Gallant would have been in order more than an instigator to Reaves.

    • Issue a warning to Gerry if you want, but what can you do to Reaves?
      He’s only following his assignment.
      The ref could have stifled it if he wanted to.

      Lowry is a man’s man.
      He ducks no one, and he did ok, considering they didn’t really get going.

      Clean hit, for what it’s worth.

    • You can’t give Gallant a bench minor for sending Reaves on the ice – whether he takes the face off or not.
      No rule book will allow a bench minor for what you think (or know) is going to happen in the future.
      Next thing you know, there will be fortune tellers who say they can tell the future and want to be NHL officials.
      It’s all ridiculous!

      • Exactly! Refs need to be mind readers? Come on, man.

  3. milan lucic: The $6m anchor that will drag ANY team to the bottom.
    Now he’s sunk to a new low and become a cheapshot artist.
    The right handed sucker punch to Blue Jackets’ Kole Sherwood will hopefully get him about a 10 game suspension. Then they should send him to the press box or the minors.
    No matter where he goes he has one consistency – that’s being a LOSER!

  4. Was a winner in 2011 pretty sure Looch is no loser frustrated obviously shouldn’t be being paid 6 million absolutely a loser I don’t think so. I know I wouldn’t call him one to his face.