NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 28, 2020

by | Feb 28, 2020 | News, NHL | 22 comments

Bobby Ryan scores a hat trick in an emotion return with the Senators, Blackhawks rookie Dominik Kubalik nets his first NHL hat trick and more in today’s morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Bobby Ryan scored a hat trick to lead the Ottawa Senators over the Vancouver Canucks 5-2. It was Ryan’s second game since returning from the player assistance program for alcohol abuse. He was overcome with emotion as his teammates and Ottawa fans cheered after he scored his third goal. The loss left the Canucks with 74 points, four behind the first-place Vegas Golden Knights in the Pacific Division.

Bobby Ryan tallied a hat trick to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well done, Bobby Ryan.

David Pastrnak scored his league-leading 46th goal as the Boston Bruins held off the Dallas Stars 4-3. The league-leading Bruins (92 points) widened their lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning by seven points in the Eastern Conference standings.

Chicago Blackhawks rookie Dominik Kubalik tallied his first NHL hat trick as his club netted five unanswered third-period goals in a 5-2 win over the Lightning, handing the latter their fourth straight defeat. Kubalik leads the Blackhawks and all NHL rookies with 29 goals. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos missed the game with a lower-body injury.

The Toronto Maple Leafs rallied from a 3-1 deficit to down the Florida Panthers 5-3. Auston Matthews, Zach Hyman, and Justin Holl each had a goal and an assist. With the win, the Leafs (76 points) moved four ahead of the Panthers for third place in the Atlantic Division.

Colton Parayko’s overtime goal lifted the St. Louis Blues over the New York Islanders 3-2. The Blues (86 points) widened their lead atop the Western Conference standings by five points over the Colorado Avalanche. With 78 points, the Islanders cling to the first Eastern Conference wild-card berth.

Nashville Predators winger Mikael Granlund scored the tying and winning goals in a 4-3 overtime victory over the Calgary Flames. Ryan Ellis collected three assists for the Predators (72 points), who hold the final Western wild-card berth with three games in hand over the Winnipeg Jets.

The Jets (72 points) got a 34-save shutout from Connor Hellebuyck to blank the Washington Capitals 3-0. Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and an assist. The Capitals (84 points) hold a four-point lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins atop the Metropolitan Division. Jets winger Patrik Laine left the game with a lower-body injury in the first period. The Jets also played without defenseman Josh Morrissey and Sami Niku. Morrissey is expected back in the lineup on Saturday, but Niku could be sidelined for weeks.

The New York Rangers overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-2, picking up their ninth straight road win. Ryan Strome scored two goals and Mika Zibanejad extended his goal streak to six games. Canadiens winger Jonathan Drouin missed the game with an injured ankle. The surging Rangers (74 points) have won nine of their last 10 and sit two points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Matt Dumba scored twice as the Minnesota Wild crushed the Detroit Red Wings 7-1, handing Wings goalie Jimmy Howard his 20th straight defeat. Kevin Fiala had a three-point performance for the Wild (69 points), who sit three points out of a Western Conference wild-card spot.

Logan Couture scored in overtime as the San Jose Sharks edged the New Jersey Devils 3-2.


LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Golden Knights re-signed William Carrier to a four-year contract with an annual average value of $1.4 million.

TSN: Columbus Blue Jackets winger Josh Anderson (shoulder injury) could be done for the season.

Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion hopes to make Mark Borowiecki a “Senators for life”. He’s due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.



  1. I said it would happen a few weeks ago – and now the Rangers have clawed their way back into contention.

    Since the half-way point (41 gp) when they sat 22nd in the league with a 19 18 4 42 pts record, scoring 133 while allowing 138 (-5) – a .500 pace – they’ve played 22 games, going 16 6 0 32 pts while scoring 79 goals and giving up 55 (+24) (a .727 pace)

    Only Boston 24 gp 16 6 2 34 pts 76 71 +5 and Tampa Bay 23 gp 16 6 1 33 pts 79 55 +24 rank ahead of them so far in the 2nd half.

    • George, you also said Joe Sakic didn’t have a clue what he was doing.
      Only Detroit has been eliminated, maybe with Bobby Ryan back Ottawa has a chance.
      Do you think Montreal will be able to crawl back into it.
      Do you know how many picks Ottawa has in the first round.
      I think they have San Jose’s pick
      A round of Shirley Temples for everyone. Alcohol free of course.

      • God you’re bitter….

        It’s sad that you no longer even contribute to anything other than constantly stalking George and finding something wrong with the Sens.

        If the Sens are so horrible… why do you obsess over them? All of this because George made an observation that didn’t sit well with you about the leafs?

        Seriously, time to let it go. It’s brutal to read daily on this site … and not good for your long term mental well being.

      • I read all your comments everyday and rarely post . Nyr4life I could not agree more with your comment today . Thanks George I enjoy your insight to the game .

      • Oh ny. You know that this just means you are anti leafs. Duh.

    • Good Morning

      CONGRATULATIONS ..to Bobby Ryan !!!

      Being the child of a recovering addict for 30 years
      I know first hand how courageous and hard it is to fight this fight and win…

      I wish him all the best day to day and happy to see he has amazing family support …what a way to come back ..with a hat trick…onward and upward ..keep up the good work and


      • It is a very tough row to hoe. Good for him.

      • very happy for Bobby Ryan. The win, his performance, the support of the fans and his team mates. He has been dumped on a lot here in Ottawa over the past couple of years but people stood by him when it counted most. Without a doubt that will be his best hockey memory for life.I was getting goosebumps watching the highlights.

  2. Bobby Ryan! Good on ya, mate.

  3. I don’t understand . Everyone says they ignore my comments. It is nice to see chivalry is not dead . Poor George .

  4. One thing I do NOT need is the pity of an obsessive, repetitive troll. As I said a few days ago, if I hurt your feelings when I called you an a-hole I apologize. I truly thought you already knew.

    • I’m pretty sure you know what repetitive is.
      I wonder if Melnyk could get some of his money back from Bobby Ryan. Wonder how long he had this problem. I’m sure there would be a clause about professional conduct
      They said he hadn’t had a hat trick since 2014. He signed that year for 7 million per.
      This might turn out for Eugene , he might be able to pay the pilot.

      • @ VINNIE

        What a BS comment …get your money back ?
        Seriosuly dude !

        If you watched ANY of Bobby Ryans interviews he stated on multiple occasions that MANY players reached out to him that are both past and present players that have not gone public with there issues …he has not done anything wrong to where he would have to forfeit or repay MONEY he is fighting an addiction …LMFAO !!

        Kuznetsov …got busted on video with cocaine …he got 3 games …he was not asked to give any lump some of money back ..nor has any of the other sum or amount of players that are most likely fighting some sort of addiction?

        just wow !

        MOVE ON BUDDY ..as NYR4LIFE says ..


      • @ VINNIE

        Before you open up your big mouth again …do some research on Bobby Ryans upbringing and his life story as well…get the facts before you say stupid sh… !

      • That read more like a shot at Eugene or George than Bobby Ryan.
        Either way, t’was poor form.🤐👎

  5. I don’t know, I had to sign professional conduct forms. Excuses are for losers . Anyone can make up reasons to screw up. If he wasn’t a professional athlete probably people would just thumb their nose at him.
    I suppose you people as Don Cherry would say help out at the soup kitchens, or
    Poor Bobby Ryan only makes 7 million a year .
    The trials and tribulations.
    Wonder what ordinary people do

    • Considering your posts, I suppose those “conduct forms” you signed have lapsed. Sign another and stick to it.

    • Sud is a disease that effects all races ages and socioeconomic statuses. Good fo Ryan. Maybe he can use his status to help those less fortunate with the illness.

      • That’s a good idea. I wonder if he will

      • Actually hockey night in Canada did a feature on this and Bobby Ryan about the time when the Senators were 1 goal from the finals. This is not knew people have known about this for years .

      • OK, from your comments I thought you didn’t know about it.