NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 12, 2020

by | Aug 12, 2020 | News, NHL | 15 comments

The Lightning down the Blue Jackets in a five-overtime marathon. Check out the details in the recaps of the opening round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Tampa Bay Lightning needed five overtime periods to edge the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 in Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series. Brayden Point tallied the winner at 10:27 of the fifth-overtime period, marking the fourth-longest game in NHL history, lasting over six hours and 13 minutes. The goal was Point’s second of the game. Pierre-Luc Dubois had a goal and an assist for the Jackets.




Tampa Bay Lightning center Braydon Point (NHL Images).

The two teams combined for a record 151 shots, with the Lightning firing a record 88. Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo set a record with 85 saves while Bolts netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy kicked out 61. Jackets defenseman Seth Jones also set a record for minutes-played by a skater, logging 65 minutes and six seconds of ice time.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That was the most entertaining multiple overtime game I’ve seen since the Buffalo Sabres edged the New Jersey Devils 1-0 in Game 6 of their 1994 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. These types of games usually turn into long, dull defensive slogs with few quality scoring chances. Not this game. Every period was fast-paced and exciting, with the Lightning having the bulk of the offensive opportunities. A tough loss for the Jackets, who’ll have little time to recover before Game 2 tomorrow.

Because of the length of the Lighting-Blue Jackets game, the NHL rescheduled Game 1 between the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes to 11 am ET today.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was the right call by the league. It reportedly would’ve taken nearly two hours following the end of the Bolts-Jackets game to clean the dressing rooms and players benches and to prepare the ice surface for the Bruins and Hurricanes.

Rasmus Andersson’s second-period goal proved to be the game-winner as the Calgary Flames held off the Dallas Stars 3-2 in Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series. Dillon Dube scored twice as the Flames jumped to a 2-0 lead but the Stars tied it on goals by Denis Gurianov and Jamie Benn nine seconds apart. Stars defenseman Stephen Johns left the game in the second period and is listed as “unfit to play.” Stars center Tyler Seguin was held without a shot.    


SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dube had a heck of a game for the Flames, especially with his second goal that looked like a Pavel Bure special. Teammate Milan Lucic is also playing well, picking up his fifth point (1-4-5) in as many games.

Reilly Smith scored twice and collected an assist to lead the Vegas Golden Knights over the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 in Game 1 of their opening-round series. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets center Mark Scheifele said he doesn’t believe Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk deliberately intended to injure him in Game 1 of their qualifying-round series. Scheifele suffered an injury to the back of his leg following a collision with Tkachuk, who reached out to the Jets center explaining he was skating too fast and lost control as he approached Scheifele along the boards.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jets coach Paul Maurice had thought otherwise, accusing Tkachuk of a dirty hit and doubling down a day later. It was obvious, however, that the collision was accidental. I think Tkachuk got a bad rap here because of his well-earned reputation for questionable tactics. If it had been Tkachuk’s teammate Johnny Gaudreau colliding with Scheifele, nobody would’ve thought it was dirty.

CBS SPORTS: Edmonton Oilers forward Tyler Ennis suffered a fractured leg and ligament damage near his ankle during an Aug. 5 game against the Chicago Blackhawks. He’s expected to be recovered in time for the 2020-21 season, but it might not be with the Oilers. Ennis is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues forward Ivan Barbashev is expected to rejoin his teammates in Edmonton on Friday after traveling to St. Louis to be with his wife during the birth of his son.



  1. Loved the almost 8 periods of Bolts/Jackets action

    Kudos to both goalies

    Spectacular effort by Korp… 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍on Ur record

    What a completely amazing physical feat for Jones (and his record) 👍👍👍👍👍👍

    Re Torts…. well ….. “don’t ask me any questions about the non call”

    Also watched Knights (my third fav team)\Hawks tilt… happy on that one… but only got 5 hours sleep… and boy does Pengy need his beauty rest

    • Pengy, I fell asleep in my chair sometime during the 5th OT … it was about 2:00 am when my wife woke me up to come to bed … didn’t know who won until this morning. Or that the Bruins-Carolina game had been postponed.

      Now I’m beginning to understand her sudden interest in gardening and the big hole she’s been digging back there

      • Hi George

        If your wife is digging a hole 6’ 6” long; 3’ wide; 6’ deep hole… I think it’s best you pay much more attention to her and start making your own coffee in the morning.

        Just sayin’

  2. Off Topic but have a general question?
    Pens have to decide if they send #15 pick to Wild or keep it and send their #1 next year.
    That seems like an easy decision for the Pens to keep but Pens always seem to go into the draft with a depleted number of picks and their farm system shows it. Wild is in rebuild and getting the #15 pick this year would really help them get started so can the Wild offer something to the Pens to move them towards sending them the #15 pick this year rather than the Pens #1 pick next year or is the deal LOCKED IN STONE ?

    • I don’t think there’s anything against that kind of deal Boom/Bust … but as I said yesterday, if Rutherford decides to let Minnesota have the 15th this year it might – MIGHT – be an indication that he’s looking ahead and sees a possibly lower finish for the Pens next season and a much higher pick.

      Personally, I think he keeps this year’s pick simply because there is still a very good core on that team and if they can stay healthy through next season they’ll still be a solid playoff team.

      He’s gotta go for it all again simply because Sid, Malkin and Letang aren’t getting any younger and finding 3 more of that calibre over the next year or two is a real long-shot at best.

    • Hi Boom/ Bust

      I believe the choice is all with Pens…. here is the quote from CapFreindly

      “ *Conditions: If Pittsburgh’s pick falls between 1-15, Pittsburgh has 7 days to decide if they keep their pick in 2020 or transfer it to 2021”

      Now when does the 7 days start? Last Friday when the 1st to 15th was confirmed? Or 7 days from lottery ball drop

      If GMJR doesn’t have the fortitude to buyout JJ; Pens might have to keep the pick this year and use it in a trade to move JJ

      I was cheering for Jets to win lottery Mon; was thinking it would be Panthers ; but secretly hoping for Pens….

      Then they make deal with Minn …. let them have the first this year (Pens keep their first from next year) but Minn must take JJ and Bjug and give Pens their first (9th)

      That would have meant ; Pens going from no picks this year AND still having JJ and Bjug…. to 9th pick AND an extra $7.35 M in Cap

      Minn would have gone from 9th AND unknown extra first next year… to Lafrennierre at the expense of Bjug (1 year) and Mr. Horrific… which they could buy out


      Would Billy G bite on GMJR’s offer of giving Minn the 15th this year (for the build) instead of an unknown next year; AND Lafferty ; if Minn would take JJ? 🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞

      • Pengy
        I think that the #15 pick is way to much just to move JJ. If Pens keep the 15th pick and they are still in the going for the cup mood then I think they will be using that as a trade chip on draft day to plug a hole on their team. The #15 pick for some of the rebuilding teams would surely be making offers to Pens for that. Take a look at San Jose’s roster, they have a log jam of expensive contacts but some of the these players are still very useful just too expensive so a #15 pick + Taking JJ contact just might yield Pens a usefully player for a reasonable price for the next 3 years but once JJ’s contact ends, that player becomes MORE expensive.

      • Hi Boom/Bust

        Unfortunately any GM who watched the Pens series; will insist that 15th overall is way way way too low to move JJ

        I was hoping 15th plus Lafferty might be enough if Billy G is drunk; however Billy G sober might say ; 15th overall , plus Lafferty; plus ZAR to take on JJ

        He’d then buyout JJ … in effect “buying” 15th overall ; AND Lafferty; AND ZAR

        Almost any deal to get rid of JJ; that doesn’t include Sid, Gino; Marino; Tanger; Dumo ; Guentzel ; or either goalie; needs to be explored

        W/O JJ…. and Pens would have played Bruins today

        With him …. playoff streak (which was the current longest) now ended

      • Ooops

        or Poulin in the deal

  3. A rare positive in 2020 was that this game started so early that I was able to watch the entire thing. The players seemed fresher than past extra OT games because it started 4-5 hours earlier than in the past playoffs.

    • ds

      True dat

      At the QA after one of the players said that they had’t eaten a meal since breakfast …. one meal on a 6 hour game …. wow…. these guys truly are toned atheletes

      Carb Carb Carb ????

      Good on them…. all players; both teams

  4. Now one series has impact another. With the extra long game. Pushed the Boston Carolina game to this morning (going to be 30 c in Winnipeg, 86f) no i won’t be watching.

    This game being pushed back, make new decision for both teams, as most teams don’t have their goalie play back to back and they’ll have to decide something now that impacts their game which was totally out of their control.

    • True that Caper, but it effects both teams.
      We’ll see who deals with the change better.
      Whatever the circumstances, B’s need to find their legs and intensity.

  5. Those guys played Eight Periods of Hockey..
    Into the Second Period of their THIRD Game.


    • CBJ used a shorter bench than TB….will be interesting to see if it affects them as the series goes on