NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 27, 2021

by | Jan 27, 2021 | News, NHL | 11 comments

Recaps from a very busy night in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on an overtime goal by Craig Smith. Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who lost winger Jake DeBrusk to a lower-body injury following an open-ice hit by Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. Jason Zucker scored and collected an assist for the Penguins.

Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel’s first goal of the season held up as the game-winner in a 3-2 victory over the slumping New York Rangers, sending the latter to their fourth straight loss. Earlier in the day, the Rangers learned center Filip Chytil will be sidelined four-to-six weeks with an upper-body injury.

Philadelphia Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk (NHL Images).

James van Riemsdyk scored two goals and Ivan Provorov had a goal and two assists to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 5-3 win over the New Jersey Devils. Claude Giroux also collected two assists for the Flyers.

The Washington Capitals nipped the New York Islanders 3-2 when Justin Schultz scored with 27 seconds remaining in the third period. John Carlson had a goal and an assist for the Capitals, who extended their points streak to seven games. Mathew Barzal scored and picked up an assist for the Islanders, who earned scorn from head coach Barry Trotz over his club’s lack of urgency. “It’s playoff mentality right now and I’m not sure we have our playoff mentality yet,” said Trotz. “And it’s pissing me off.” The Islanders were playing with Anthony Beauvillier as he was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.

Patric Hornqvist’s shootout goal gave the Florida Panthers a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Anthony Duclair and Carter Verhaeghe each collected two points for the Panthers.

The Nashville Predators ended a three-game skid by downing the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on an overtime tally by Roman Josi. Mikael Granlund had a goal and an assist for the Predators. The Blackhawks skated without winger Alex DeBrincat and defenseman Adam Boqvist as both are expected to miss two weeks due to COVID-19 protocols.

Nikolaj Ehlers scored and set up three others as the Winnipeg Jets rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-4. Adam Copp also had a four-point night (two goals, two assists) and Adam Lowry had a three-point performance for the Jets. Oilers stars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each had two points while blueliner Darnell Nurse chalked up three assists.

The Los Angeles Kings picked up their third win in four games by beating the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on a third-period goal by Carl Grundstrom. Kings goalie Cal Petersen kicked out 32 shots for the win.

An overtime goal by Jason Dickinson lifted the Dallas Stars over the Detroit Red Wings 2-1. Stars defenseman John Klingberg had a goal and an assist while Joe Pavelski collected his 800th career point. The Stars have won their first three games.

The St. Louis Blues defeated former captain Alex Pietrangelo and the Vegas Golden Knights by a score of 5-4 on a shootout goal by Brayden Schenn. David Perron scored twice for the Blues while Max Pacioretty tallied a hat trick for the Golden Knights, who played without their coaching staff behind the bench after one of them tested positive for COVID-19. General manager Kelly McCrimmon took over as head coach and called up several coaches from their farm team as assistants. The Golden Knights are closing their facilities today as they determine their next steps under the league’s coronavirus protocols.

A third-period goal by Mitch Marner gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames. Marner, Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly each had two points for the Leafs, who swept their two-game series against the Flames. Johnny Gaudreau tallied twice for the Flames. There were fireworks at the game’s end when Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin flipped the puck at Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk, touching off a scrum that landed Muzzin a meaningless unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The incident was likely tied to Tkachuk injuring Leafs backup goalie Jack Campbell in their previous game, leaving Campbell sidelined “for weeks”.

The Colorado Avalanche rolled to a 7-3 beat down of the San Jose Sharks. Brandon Sand scored twice, Cale Makar picked up three assists and Mikko Rantanen extended his goal-scoring streak to six games. The Sharks, meanwhile, are hoping to ready soon to their home arena after the state of California lifted its regional stay-at-home order that had been in place since Dec. 3.

John Gibson turned in a 31-save shutout and Danton Heinen scored the only goal as the Anaheim Ducks blanked the Arizona Coyotes 1-0.


  1. The Bruins were up 2-0. Pittsburgh rallied back.

    • And pitt lost dumolin to injury as well😳

    • Fixed.

  2. Re Pens

    Yes come from behind to get to OT and get a point at least… for 5 games straight is great…. but how about starting better?

    Rask was very very good and likely the difference maker. One gaping hole goal (Zucker) was when Rask was down and appeared injured

    Jarry played very well; just out-duelled by Rask

    Little brain fart by freshman Marino lead to 2 on 0 breakaway for winning OT goal with seconds left… he’s good… just a hiccup

    Bruins fans who were worried about the roster… ur on the cusp of first in the Div w/o Pasta, and he’s returning soon… things are looking pretty fair for the Bruins

    Marchand remains very good

    Another LHD injury for Pens? I hope Dumo is OK

    If he can’t play Thursday…. that only 2 LHD’s for Pens… one is a rookie with 3 NHL games (P-O J… who has shown quite well in sheltered roll) and the other. (Czuczman) may have ten or 15 NHL games but none in likely 7 years. He is OK, but less than 20 NHL games total for the only two LHDs on board (if Dumo can’t play)…. ouch!

    Leafs will gladly take the flak from Flames fans on the missed penalty on Leafs and then Marner scores the winner.

    Leafs will take them anyway we can. Just hoping those missed calls aren’t made up on Leafs at critical times in the playoffs (if they make it)

    Love high scoring games… Knight’s/Blues tilt was great

    If you didn’t see it… try and see if you can view the clip of Patche’s hat-trick goal…. had to be 5 or 6 quick passes in the Blue’s zone ending in the score… looked like Harlem Globetrotters on skates

    • Rutherford resigned, maybe they can fix. Couple things now.

  3. Do you think the pen s regret trading Hornquist now?Has 4-5 goals for Panthers now including shootout winner last night

    • Hi Steve

      Only seen the hi-lights but he looks good. Like the shootout winner

      I don’t see this pace continuing

      In hindsight with Matheson injured and Horny off to good start… one could easily say that the move (trade) was ill advised

      But Pens are apparently transitioning to getting younger so the move at the time had merit.

      In the space of a short time with the ejection of JJ and with the Horny trade and Kappy acquisition…. two 33 year olds left; replaced by a 24 year old and 26 year old

      • That s a good point.Do you think they missed on the goalie situation traded the kid to Ottawa?Did they keep the right tandem?

  4. As a Bruins fan i was happy to see Letang play 29:57 of the game.

  5. As a Bruin fan I had said all along they will be fine lead the league last year weren’t going to fall off a cliff. Also as Bruin fan was nice to see Charlie get involved he has the ability to lead from backend.

  6. Gotta love Muzzin. Watching that replay on the goalie injury seems like tkachuck just seems to drop to his knees on to poor sprawled out Campbell. After watching it over a few times its comical but sad someone got hurt due to this dirty play.

    Revenge is best served on the scoreboard.