NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 23, 2022

by | Oct 23, 2022 | News, NHL | 10 comments

Recaps of a busy Saturday featured a franchise-record hat trick for Joe Pavelski, Rasmus Dahlin extending his season-opening goal-scoring streak and a career milestone for Predators GM David Poile. Details and more in today’s NHL Morning Coffee Headlines.

NHL.COM: Joe Pavelski tallied a hat trick and added an assist to lead the Dallas Stars to a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Pavelski set a franchise record by eclipsing Brett Hull to become the oldest player to score a hat trick. Jake Oettinger kicked out 32 shots for the win.

Dallas Stars forward Joe Pavelski (NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pavelski is an ageless wonder, tying for the team points lead with seven. Meanwhile, Canadiens rookie Juraj Slafkovsky missed this game with an upper-body injury.

Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3. Danton Heinen scored twice for the high-scoring Penguins, who have scored six goals in each of their four wins this season. Jack Roslovic had a goal and an assist for the Jackets.

The Buffalo Sabres Rasmus Dahlin extended his record-setting season-opening goal streak for defensemen to five games as his club rolled to a 5-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Victor Olofsson scored twice and added an assist for the Sabres, who’ve won four of their first five games. The Canucks (0-4-2) played without Quinn Hughes as the defenseman is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jim Rutherford, the Canucks president of hockey operations, wasn’t pleased with his struggling club’s performance. In a post-game interview with Sportsnet, he refused to use the club’s early-season injuries as an excuse and called out his players to “play within a stronger structure”, adding the team’s problems started in training camp and carried over into this season.

An overtime goal by Taylor Hall lifted the Boston Bruins over the Minnesota Wild 4-3. Hall finished with three points while David Pastrnak and David Krejci each had two points for the Bruins. Marc-Andre Fleury made 39 saves for the Wild.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins honored former captain Zdeno Chara in a pregame ceremony. Chara recently announced his retirement after 24 NHL seasons, 14 of those with the Bruins. The Wild, meanwhile, placed winger Jordan Greenway (upper body) on injured reserve before the game.

The New Jersey Devils got goals from Yegor Sherangovich and Dawson Mercer to hold off the San Jose Sharks 2-1. Kevin Labanc scored for the Sharks, who drop to 1-6-0 to start the season.

Goaltender Jordan Binnington had a 23-save shutout backstopping the St. Louis Blues over the Edmonton Oilers 2-0. Torey Krug and Justin Faulk were the goal scorers as the Blues have won their first three games of the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Blues winger Pavel Buchnevich missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury.

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews collected three assists and John Tavares scored two goals in a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Ilya Samsonov made 30 saves for the win while Wayne Simmonds collected an assist in his season debut.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets placed winger Nikolaj Ehlers on IR with an undisclosed injury suffered on Oct. 17.

Brady Tkachuk scored two goals and Shane Pinto extended his goal streak to four games as the Ottawa Senators tamed the Arizona Coyotes 6-2. It was a costly win for the Senators as Josh Norris left the game in the third period with an upper-body injury and will undergo an MRI.

Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson broke a 3-3 tie to give his club a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Dmitry Orlov had three assists for the Capitals while Kings winger Viktor Arvidsson had a goal and two assists.

The Tampa Bay Lightning downed the New York Islanders 5-3. Brayden Point, Brandon Hagel and Nick Paul each had a goal and an assist while Brian Elliott picked up his first win of the season with 32 saves.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak missed this game with an upper-body injury but is expected to return to the lineup for their next game on Tuesday. Islanders winger Josh Bailey was a healthy scratch.

Philadelphia Flyers winger Joel Farabee had a goal and two assists in a 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators. This game was the 3,000th as a general manager for Nashville’s David Poile, becoming the first GM in NHL history to reach that milestone.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There was a scary moment in the game when Predators defenseman Mark Borowiecki was stretchered from the ice after an awkward collision with the boards. The team announced that Borowiecki was conscious and had full movement of his extremities but was transported to a hospital for further observation.

A third-period goal by Valeri Nichushkin proved to be the game-winner as the Colorado Avalanche held off the Vegas Golden Knights by a score of 3-2. Alexandar Georgiev made 33 stops for the Avalanche. Jack Eichel and Mark Stone each had two assists for the Golden Knights.

Tyler Toffoli’s overtime goal gave the Calgary Flames a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Toffoli finished the night with two points while Jacob Markstrom got the win with 25 saves.


  1. Hampus had a good game Taylor Hall has never played better SOP was so excited he almost spat out his Gerber lil Sticks. Still want to see Sweeney and Neely out of beantown.

  2. Seeing Josh Norris leave the game favouring his shoulder immediately brought to mind the seasons lost by Colin White and Shane Pinto.

    Can only hope it’s not that serious. But if it is, at least it comes at a time when they are the deepest they’ve been at C in a long time. Pinto, currently off to a great start as the 3rd line C, is perfectly capable of moving up. They also have Gambrell. veteran Derek Brassard and big (6′ 4″ 225 lbs) Mark Kastelic available to move into lines 3 and 4.

    On another note, I believe we can start looking seriously at the Sabres as another team ready to challenge for a playoff spot … that sweep of Alberta and then Vancouver was impressive – although some will chalk it up to a dysfunctional Canucks team and an Edmonton bunch who can’t seem to get out of their own way.

    • Man, those Sabres are sure exciting to watch. The Eichel trade was a big turning point for them IMHO.

  3. Yes, the Sabres are indeed exciting to watch !
    Twin Peaks on D are certainly nice to build around
    Dahlin will be a dominant force and Norris trophy winner for many years to come !
    I wish the Leafs had him !

  4. uh oh Boudreau, those comments from Rutherford seems to target Bruce’s game plan and of running the team. I guess the Canucks might have a different head coach by Halloween

  5. Teams have only played between 4 – 7 games

    Only one team is without a win, Vancouver.

    Their fans, coach and GM are not happy. Throw everyone under the bus.

    In the Atlantic every team is 500 or better.

    With every win Boston gets its one less day of trying to get Marchand and McAvoy back.

    The Eichel trade seem to be working out for both teams.

    Watching last night game between Toronto and Winnipeg was a quick reminder of why I don’t like sportsnet. Everything was Toronto this, Toronto that. The whole intermission was about Toronto and Montreal. You would think with two Canadian teams playing they be less impartial.
    The hit Morrissey but on Robinson was a good clean hit, as Robinson was trying to play the puck. Im guessing the ref reacted to the player on the ice and not the hit itself.

    Good Day of entertaining hockey.

    • Seemed like a home game for the Leafs last night but, I get what you’re saying Caper. Sportsnet need to put away the knee pads.

  6. Habs young D came down to earth last night and Oettinger was stellar.

    Dallas vets schooled them, now we’ll see how fast they learn since the effort
    was there.

  7. Vancouves D need a majior Over Haul they need to Replace 3 of the top 6…..on defence
    Keep Hughes and OEL

    its not Coach Bruces fault….its was the last GM that messed up the team JIM Benning🤮

    They are a re-building team, with a good young goaltender and good young forwards
    Trade Bo Horvat for a good d/man⁉️

    • The problem with your Horvat suggestion, willie W, is that there aren’t likely many teams who, although perhaps loving the thought of adding a big C like Horvat, have the cap space to both take on his $5.5 mil hit and give up a “good d man” at the same time.

      And by good I’m assuming you mean a top 2 type. Add to that the fact that he’s also a UFA next season, so whoever gets him would want to have some indication that he’d be willing to re-up there. Unless, of course, the deal comes at the trade deadline and some team sees him as the one ingredient they need for a deep cup run. But even there it would need to be a team deep enough at D to be able to subtract one from their line-up.