NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 7, 2021

by | Nov 7, 2021 | News, NHL | 14 comments

The Panthers snap the Hurricanes’ winning streak, the Coyotes finally get a win, Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello reaches a milestone, the Blackhawks fire coach Jeremy Colliton and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes’ season-opening win streak ended at nine games as they fell to the Florida Panthers 5-2. Anthony Duclair led the way with two goals and two assists while Spencer Knight made 29 saves for the win. The Panthers played without captain Aleksander Barkov, who’s day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Hurricanes goalie Frederik Andersen was pulled after giving up four goals on 15 shots in the first period but returned in the second after backup Antti Raanta suffered an upper-body injury following a collision with Panthers forward Ryan Lomberg. The Panthers are now the only team unbeaten in regulation (10-0-1) this season.

Florida Panthers winger Anthony Duclair (NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lomberg received a five-minute major and a game misconduct but I felt he shouldn’t have been penalized. He was in a puck race with Hurricanes defenseman Tony DeAngelo when Raanta came out of his net between the faceoff circles to play the puck. Lomberg had nowhere to go and inadvertently crashed into Raanta. I don’t feel there was a deliberate attempt to injure on his part.

The Arizona Coyotes overcame a 3-1 deficit to pick up their first win of the season (1-10-1) with a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Kraken. Lawson Crouse scored the winning goal just 13 seconds after the Kraken’s Mark Giordano tied the game late in the third period. Crouse had two goals on the night while teammate Shayne Gostisbehere collected three assists. Scott Wedgewood (27 saves) picked up the win replacing Karel Vejmelka after the latter gave up two goals on two shots within the first minute of the opening period.

A 24-save shutout by Ilya Sorokin carried the New York Islanders over the Winnipeg Jets 2-0. Anders Lee and Brock Nelson were the goal scorers. It was the 1, 500th career win for Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello, moving him just six wins behind Glen Sather for second place on the all-time list. Nashville Predators GM David Poile is the leader with 1, 558 wins.

Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 22 saves to pick up his league-leading fourth shutout of the season in a 6-0 rout of the New York Rangers. The Flames (7-1-3) have points in 10 consecutive games. Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and three assists while Johnny Gaudreau scored twice and set up another goal.

Mitch Marner collected four points (one goal, three assists), Auston Matthews and John Tavares each scored two goals and Jack Campbell kicked out 42 shots to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins. Taylor Hall and David Pastrnak replied for the Bruins. The Leafs have won five straight games.

The Minnesota Wild overcame a 4-2 deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 on a shootout goal by Nick Bjugstad. Jared Spurgeon and Ryan Hartman tallied for the Wild to tie the game with the latter’s goal coming with just 2.2 seconds remaining. Kasperi Kapanen netted a hat trick for the Penguins while Bryan Rust add two assists in his first game since missing seven games to injury.

Three-point performances by Brayden Point (three assists) and Ondrej Palat (one goal, two assists) powered the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Ottawa Senators 5-3. Brady Tkachuk scored in his first game as the Senators’ new captain. After a slow start to the season, the Lightning are 6-3-2.

The Columbus Blue Jackets extended their record to 7-3-0 by doubling up the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on three unanswered third-period goals by Alexandre Texier, Cole Sillinger and Oliver Bjorkstrand. Andre Burakovsky scored twice for the Avalanche, whose record drops to 4-5-1.

Martin Jones made 31 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers held off the Washington Capitals 2-1. Derick Brassard and Sean Couturier scored in the second period for the Flyers while Brett Leason netted the Capitals’ only goal. The Flyers are 6-2-2 in their opening 10 games.

Robin Lehner made 36 saves as the Vegas Golden Knights overcame a 2-0 deficit to down the Montreal Canadiens 5-2. Chandler Stephenson and Alex Pietrangelo each had a goal and an assist for the Golden Knights. The Canadiens are now 3-10-0 on the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadens dominated Vegas in the first period, outshooting them 20-1. If not for Lehner this could’ve been a blowout win for the Habs. Instead, they came out of that period with a 2-0 lead and collapsed in the second after the Golden Knights got their first goal.

The Detroit Red Wings snapped a four-game losing skid with a 4-3 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres. Rookie defenseman Moritz Seider got the winner, netting his first career NHL goal. Tyler Bertuzzi scored twice and added two helpers while rookie winger Lucas Raymond had three assists.

A shootout goal by Damon Severson gave the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks, giving them their first win in four games. Devils goalie Jonathan Bernier made 25 saves for the win.

The Chicago Blackhawks yesterday fired head coach Jeremy Colliton after the club lurched to a 1-9-2 start to this season. Rockford IceHogs coach Derek King was named as Colliton’s replacement on an interim basis.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blackhawks had to do something to try and shake things up following this dreadful start to the season. Their poor performance is not entirely Colliton’s fault. As The Athletic’s Mark Lazerus observed, Colliton was the fall guy for management’s poor roster planning and shifting priorities. This is ultimately on former general manager Stan Bowman.


  1. Wanted goalie has to be able to stop pucks. Need 2nd line centre only qualified applicants need apply.

    • Tuukka Rask will be back in January.

      • I know the nattering nabobs of non sense will be on me like a fruit fly to pear nectar, but Rask is a whole lot better than what they have now. Linus is a backup, in time Swayman will be the b’s no.1 goalie. He’s got to have some playing time in Providence.

      • Of course people will be on you, Rick. You wanted Rask crucified and wanted Swayman as the number 1 immediately.

        That and Eichel to the Bruins was your standard post almost daily.

        Oh, and you do also like to tout Thornhill…their dominance over the entire rest of the NHL probably won’t pan out as you predicted either.

  2. We gained an hour last night ; Pens want 2.2 seconds back

    Great hustle and play by Leafs….but can Campbell be that good game in game out ?

    Panthers still flying high… impressive….will Zito finally get the GM award he should have got last year?

    Yotes win Yotes win….do I hear Steve Martin ….. “the new phone book’s here ; the new phone book’s here”

    The storied Hawks franchise is discombobulated and imploding…. Kane , Toews thinking about asking for a trade??

    I know Avs underperforming (compared to pre-season predictions); but I have confidence that they’ll “right the ship” reasonably soon

    • I always liked Campbell in the OHL. Glad to see him doing well.

  3. Jack Campbell was excellent last night. If the Leafs can get that kind of performance outta him on a semi regular basis, they’re gonna be a tough team to beat.
    Linus looked below average at best. He should have stopped at least 3 of those goals.
    Makes me feel dumb for crapping on Rask for not winning the big ones.
    The window is closing quickly for my Bruins. Two more years and we’ll be hard pressed to finish in the top half of the league.

    Lomberg didn’t do anything wrong.
    Parros will probably suspend him for 6 games.

    • Hey SOP, you replied to my post yesterday regarding the notion of Campbell getting $5-6M contract after playing so little and asking for a time when we saw something like that made me think of Jim Carrey… was lights out in Wash won a venzia, got paid then couldn’t have a s% over .900 ever again and disappeared. The Bruins were so hot on him and it cost them Oats, Ranford and Tocchett.

      But to your point regarding the fundamental construction of the Leafs is flawed I don’t understand how so? It must be tied into what I mentioned before regarding how one evaluates your team’s players and their worth. It’s been abundantly clear by the hockey pundits here who are, to be clear – not Leafs haters, don’t value the “big four’s” as much as the team does or the stats show. We can all agree that there are so many other parts to winning hockey games but one part you’ll always need is to outscore the other team, making hockey basically a goal-scoring competition, most goals win, period. These criticized players’ stats confirm that they consistently produce and an elite level which is sadly gonna cost ya $$$$$$$ – there is no way to avoid that, especially when teams overpay for intangibles and ignore the numbers like paying someone $7 or $8+ for a very good player who is essentially a career 40-50pt player.

      Last time I checked, the cap and the teams remaining or even distribution of doesn’t win cups, but I’m sure miss-managing it will cost you one. The Leafs’ situation isn’t ideal and the flat cap was no help. For the past three years, we witnessed some crazy cap gymnastics which was great to see although better if avoidable and I think it’s foolish to deny each iteration of the team hasn’t been better than the past one regardless of how little juggling room they have with the cap. Once that’s not the case, I’ll jump on the bandwagon.

      So, do I know what constitutes a fundamentally well-built team? Yes, I do. They are called the Stanley Cup Champions. So I guess you’re all right that the team – all teams – are incorrectly built except for one.

      • 1. How much do you think Campbell signs for? Be realistic. He’ll be a #1 goalie, so he should be paid as such. No less than $5 million.
        2.Oates was constantly bickering with Harry Sinden about value and perceived value regarding himself and others(Bourque).
        He needed to be traded by Sinden to rid himself of a constant headache, although I hated it at the time and hate it today. Oates was one of my favorites of all time. Carey for Ranford was a toss in. The Bruins weren’t hot after him. It was just something to help facilitate a trade.
        3.The object is to indeed score more goals, but with that comes preventing goals being scored upon your team. A 1 -0 game means someone scored more than some one else. Same as a 6- 5 game. She’s a 50/50 split. See the Oilers of the glory days for proof of that.
        4. I disagree. The Leafs of 3 and 4 years ago were better constructed teams, it’s just that the kids are growing up now and are leading the charge. Just like we predicted 3 and 4 years ago.
        5. I can see your last point, because luck, injuries, and a hot goalie can, and have all trumped a well built team in the past.

  4. Penguins snatch defeat from the jaws of victory but there were some positives. They dominated most of the game. Kap-man got the monkey off his back. And only Malkin is technically injured, the rest should be coming off of COVID protocol any day now. They weathered this adversity storm pretty well and should be solid when completely healthy. Carter is not slowing down either.

    • Going nowhere with Tristan Jarry between the pipes and that woeful blueline …

      • Agree some positives Dee

        Kappy last night 👍👍👍

        Soon to be (hopefully ) a “one man down “ (albeit a biggie) team

        Jarry (4-2-2; who if not for bonehead defensive faux-pas would be 6-2-0) has been very very good…. 925 (don’t forget that includes a GA credited to him [I didn’t know it does and couldn’t believe it] when there was an EN goal and he was not at bench yet)… take that out of the equation… he’s 930

        Take the two 3-change direction , double screen goals against that he had zero chance against…. He’s then 940 (tied 4th in league withElvis for goalies with 4 or more starts)👍👍👍👍

        E-Rod playing welllllll above pay-grade👍👍👍👍

        Heinen coming along , good contract at just over $1M 👍👍

        Pettersson 👍👍

        Carter 👍👍👍

        This record with so many missing ; so many hit with Covid; 1 game with Sid; zero with Gino….. is impressive no doubt

        That said….. this is the toughest Div in the NHL; and still a couple of games until all but Gino back; and another month (or more ??) w/o Gino

        Fingers crossed …. But this will likely be an uphill battle

        Defensive screw ups with 2.2 seconds left; costing a valuable point, certainly don’t help

        🤞🙏🤞🙏 for health and full team ASAP

      • Jarry has been good when he has help. Blue line is solid except at 3RD, kind of wish they could trade Matheson to Edmonton for Ceci.

  5. Stay healthy, Jack, and don’t look back, it’s scary behind you.