NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 22, 2020

by | Sep 22, 2020 | News, NHL | 14 comments

The Lightning beat the Stars to tie the Stanley Cup Final at a game apiece, the latest NHL Award winners are revealed, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Tampa Bay Lightning scored three first-period goals and held on to edge the Dallas Stars 3-2 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, tying the series at a game apiece. Brayden Point, Ondrej Palat and Kevin Shattenkirk tallied for the Lightning, while Joe Pavelski and Mattias Janmark replied for the Stars. Game 3 is Wednesday at 8 pm ET.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Stars were sloppy and undisciplined in the first period, giving up two power-play goals and getting outshot 14-6. They rallied back with a better effort over the next two periods to make it interesting, but the Lightning got solid goaltending from Andrei Vasilevskiy for the win. The Stars also lost Blake Comeau to injury in the second period. An update on his condition could be released today.

Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl wins the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award (NHL Images)

Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl is the winner of the 2020 Hart Memorial Trophy and the 2020 Ted Lindsay Award. Draisaitl was also this season’s winner of the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer.

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is the 2020 winner of the Vezina Trophy. He’s the first Jet to win a major award since Teemu Selanne won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1993.

Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi took home the 2020 James Norris Memorial Trophy. He’s the first Predators blueliner to win the Norris.

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar is the winner of the 2020 Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie. He’s the first Avs player to win that honor since teammate Nathan MacKinnon in 2013-14.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to all of this year’s winners.

The NHL also revealed its 2019-20 First and Second All-Star Teams.

2019-20 NHL First All-Star Team

G: Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets

D: John Carlson, Washington Capitals

D: Roman Josi, Nashville Predators

C: Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers

RW: David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins

LW: Artemi Panarin, New York Rangers

2019-20 NHL Second All-Star Team

G: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

D: Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning

D: Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues

C: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

RW: Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning

LW: Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins

The 2019-20 All-Rookie Team was also revealed:

G: Elvis Merzlikins, CBJ

D: Quinn Hughes, VAN

D: Cale Makar, COL

F: Dominik Kubalik, CHI

F: Victor Olofsson, BUF

F: Nick Suzuki, MTL

CBC SPORTS: Former NHL right wing Bob Nevin passed away at age 82. In 1,182 career games, Nevin scored 307 goals and 726 points from 1958-59 through 1975-76 with the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars and Los Angeles Kings. He won two Stanley Cups with the Leafs in 1962 and 1963, and served as captain of the Rangers from 1965 to 1971.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Nevin’s family, friends and former teammates.



  1. Condolences out to the Nevins fam; I remember Bob playing for the Rangers when I was young lad

    Congrats out to Leon, Connor, Roman and Cale…. 👍👍👍👍👍

    Much better effort by Bolts

    • It’s Nevin … not Nevins

      • Weak eyes, typing with single (fat) finger on small screen; no coffee yet

        Sentiment heartfelt ; I believe the family would understand and accept the sp error

    • And the gag line with Horton and Dale Rolf on D.

  2. Lyle

    Have you heard from George?

    Hope all is well

    • Nothing from George since Sept. 17. Hopefully, he’s doing ok. Could be just taking a short break.

      • Thanks Lyle

    • And the gag line with Horton and Dale Rolf on D.

  3. I would take the second line all-stars line over the first line in a game. Mainly based on the dman

    • Hi Caper


      First all skaters v 2nd All star skaters ; 5 on 5 are a very very good match

      Hellebuck v Rask I see the difference there

      Petro/Hed v Jossi/ Carlson…. wow that’s close to me

      Leon v MacK …. size and power vs brilliant speed and unbelievable vision…. again very very close…. nod ever so slightly for me… MacK

      Pasta/Breadman v Kuch/Marchand… Pasta/Breadman but not by a huge amount

      Close but Nod to first all stars for me … mostly Connor better than Tuuk IMHO

      • Hi Pengy, I don’t think the D is close at all. Hedman is the best dman in the league and complimented by AP.

        The first line is all offense and no D. The second has both.

        Plus the first is getting by that d.

      • With you Caper re Hedman ; but I’d then put Josi and Carlson next and Petro after those two

        Very close IMHO

        I see ur point re different dynamics of the two forward lines, but the pluses and minuses fir different quality for the two sets of 5 is close to me

        I l think the overall diff comes down to Tuuk v Connor

        No matter what…. would be exciting to watch

    • Caper, Hedman is the cat’s a$$. The guy is a stud and top of his game.

  4. Hearing the sad news about Bob Nevin took me back to the Marlies – St. Mikes junior doubleheaders on Sundays at Maple Leaf Gardens. The best hockey bargain out there back in the day.
    Of course it was the dark ages for hockey prospects – no draft and, once a player signed the dreaded C form with an NHL team, they owned him body and soul.
    For hockey-mad teenagers though, the Sunday doubleheaders were amazing.