NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 22, 2021
The Flames collect their league-leading seventh shutout of the season, Marc-Andre Fleury blanks the Canucks with a 40-save effort, Leafs rookie Joseph Woll gets his first shutout, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Calgary Flames picked up their league-leading seventh shutout of the season by blanking the Boston Bruins 4-0. Dan Vladar made 27 saves for his second shutout, Johnny Gaudreau tallied the game-winner and Andrew Mangiapane scored his 15th goal of the season. With 27 points, the Flames (11-3-5) move a point ahead of the Edmonton Oilers into first place in the Western Conference.
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 40 stops to backstop his club to a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Brandon Hagel scored the only goal as the Blackhawks (6-10-2) have won five of their last six games. The free-falling Canucks (6-11-2) have won just three of their last 10 contests.
Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Joseph Woll kicked out 20 shots for his first career NHL shutout to beat the New York Islanders 3-0. Mitch Marner scored twice for the Leafs. The COVID-ravaged Islanders got Anthony Beauvillier back following a false positive on Saturday but Kieffer Bellows sat out following a positive test. Center Brock Nelson left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury.
Steven Stamkos’ shootout goal gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild. The Lightning blew a 4-2 lead as the Wild rallied back late in the third period on goals by Kevin Fiala and Joel Eriksson Ek. Anthony Cirelli netted two goals for the Lightning. Earlier in the day, the Lightning revealed center Brayden Point will be sidelined indefinitely by an upper-body injury.
The New York Rangers nipped the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 on Ryan Lindgren’s goal with 0.7 seconds remaining in regulation. Artemi Panarin collected three assists for the Rangers (11-4-3), who’ve won five of their last six contests.
Seattle Kraken netminder Philipp Grubauer turned aside 37 shots as his club snapped a six-game losing skid by downing the Washington Capitals 5-2. Jaden Schwartz scored a goal and collected three assists for the Kraken while Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin potted his 745th career goal.
The Arizona Coyotes picked up their fourth win of the season and their second in a row by beating the Los Angeles Kings 2-1. Kyle Capobianco scored in overtime while Karel Vejmelka made 37 saves for his first NHL victory. The Kings have lost four straight.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens have sent goaltender Cayden Primeau back to their AHL affiliate in Laval.
The Flames are playing excellent hockey. Give credit where its due.
Disc jockey Rick strikes again !
Out of most of the people on here your pretty clever Fd
How about Vladar?Bruins draft,develop and trade an inexpensive goalie for a 3rd round pick.Would have been nice to have ullmarks money as well as all those spare parts they signed as free agents to sign a top 6 center or a defensemen.
A couple of us commented on here that Vladar could someday be a good NHL tender after that trade. Didn’t see many/any on here say he should be the starter after 5 NHL games on his resume, the majority of which he didn’t play well.
He was drafted as a tall athletic guy and the term project was used. They knew he would take a while, and it did.
Did anyone seriously think BOS, a consistent playoff team and cup contender was going to roll with 2 rookies in net with less than 20 combined games in the NHL? Has anyone seen any team in their position, or any position, do that in the history of the NHL?
I can’t think of any.
Of course the B’s didn’t as it would have been way to risky.
They basically chose to keep Swayman up and trade Vladar as opposed to losing him for nothing on waivers. Now you could argue that they should have kept Swayman in Providence and Vladar as the backup to keep both, but suggesting any team in their position rolls with 2 unproven rooks, is living in a dream world. They thought Swayman was ready for the NHL, and for the good of the player, and your team, you don’t put him the position to be #1 guy right off the bat without a vet to support.
Relying on Swayman was a gamble despite a few posters here calling him the second coming, it will take time.
What I don’t get is letting Halak go.
An experienced goalie with a good track record to mentor the rookie.
I’d have grabbed him for the Habs when Price surgery was announced to platoon with Allen.
Not sure HF30, might have something to do with Halak’s age, 36, and wanting something longer term.
Plus, last season was probably his worst in BOS of the 3. Was really good the previous 2.
In a word “Brutal” feel sorry for any bruin fan that bought tickets, paid for parking to attend that game.
Clearly looked like the bruins would rather been anywhere else other then the arena.
By far the worst game i’ve seen Bergeron and Marchand play at the same tine.
Congrat to Vladar on the shutout; I did think him and Swayman would battle it out for the #1 goalie spot.
Swayman lost his first game on home ice and he better figure out were he is kicking his rebound; Look like two design plays by Calgary that gave them two goals.
I’ve been constant on here with my thoughts on Jakob Zboril and that he could still be an NHL defenseman.
Zboril was the one bright spot for the Bruins last night and has been their best LD in his last 4 games. He transitions well, skates well and one of the best passer on the team, consistently tape to tape.
He hasn’t arrived yet always nervous of how Cassidy treats the less experience guys and quickly makes them sit, with one bad mistake. With that said Zboril not going anywhere in the next few games and if he continue to hit, he’ll finally have made it.
A lot of criticism has been directed at the Bruins’ goaltending this season, but in that regard, could the Bruins miss -David Krejci more than they miss Tuukka Rask? That may depend on how much a goalie’s goals-against average is a consequence of a center’s faceoff-win percentage.
Last season, the Bruins led the league, winning 55.3 % of their faceoffs. That was in part due to Krejci, who in addition to his always fine defensive play, won 54.2% of his. This season, Charlie Coyle, expected to replace Krejci, has won 44.4% of his, compared to 48.3 last season.
Possibly, Bruins goalies are more vulnerable this season than last.
Bingo! Krech is the missing piece.