NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 4, 2022

by | Nov 4, 2022 | News, NHL | 33 comments

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin ties an NHL scoring record while the Sharks’ Erik Karlsson sets one for defensemen, the Canucks Elias Pettersson has a five-point night, and much more from a busy night in the NHL Morning Coffee Headlines.

NHL.COM: Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin tied Gordie Howe for the most goals by one player with a single franchise (786) in a 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Andrew Copp snapped a 1-1 in the third period and Dylan Larkin sealed the win for the Red Wings (5-3-2) while the Capitals record drops to 5-5-2.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin (NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ovechkin can take over sole possession of the single-team goals record on Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes. He is also 16 goals away from overtaking Howe’s 801 career goals for second place on the all-time NHL list. Prior to last night’s game, Ovechkin met with Gordie’s son Mark Howe for the first time. Mark wished the Capitals superstar the best in his pursuit to become the league’s all-time leading scorer.

The San Jose Sharks’ Erik Karlsson became the fastest defenseman in the NHL’s modern era (since 1943-44) to reach 10 goals in a season (13 games) but his club fell 4-3 to the Florida Panthers. Karlsson finished the night with three points for the Sharks as they fell to 3-8-2. Sam Reinhart scored the only goal in the shootout, Matthew Tkachuk collected three assists and Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves for the win as the Panthers improved to 6-4-1.

Vancouver Canucks center Elias Pettersson had a goal and four assists while rookie Andrei Kuzmenko netted his first career NHL hat trick to down the Anaheim Ducks 8-5. Bo Horvat had a goal and two assists as the Canucks improved to 3-6-2. Troy Terry had a goal and two assists for the Ducks as they dropped to 3-7-1.

The league-leading Boston Bruins (10-1-0) defeated the New York Rangers 5-2 for their seventh straight win. David Pastrnak scored to extend his points streak to eight games while Hampus Lindholm, Taylor Hall and Nick Foligno each had two points. Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren left the game with an upper-body injury as his club’s record fell to 6-4-2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Before the game, the Bruins announced goaltender Jeremy Swayman and defenseman Derek Forbort are listed as week-to-week with injuries.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Logan Thompson made 42 saves as his club held off the Ottawa Senators 5-4. The Golden Knights improved to 10-2-0 while the Senators (4-6-0) have dropped four straight games. Mark Stone had a goal and an assist for the Golden Knights. Senators forwards Claude Giroux and Tim Stutzle each scored twice for the Senators while Brady Tkachuk collected three assists.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Senators goaltender Cam Talbot was activated off injured reserve for this game. He wasn’t expected to play in this contest but he played the final 27 minutes as Anton Forsberg got the hook after giving up five goals on 19 shots.

The Carolina Hurricanes nipped the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on shootout goals by Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho to improve their record to 7-2-1. Andrei Vasilevskiy kicked out 52 shots for the Lightning (6-4-1).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This game wasn’t as close as the score suggests. Vasilevskiy stole a point for his teammates as they were dominated by the Hurricanes.

Three unanswered third-period goals by Miles Wood, Ryan Graves and Jesper Bratt lifted the New Jersey Devils over the Edmonton Oilers 4-3. The Devils are 8-3-0 and have won five straight, though this one proved costly as goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood left this contest in the second period with an undisclosed injury. Connor McDavid and Tyson Barrie each had two points as the Oilers drop to 7-4-0.

The Dallas Stars boosted their record to 7-3-1 by thumping the Arizona Coyotes 7-2. Jamie Benn had a goal and two assists while Jason Robertson tallied twice for the Stars. Juuso Valimaki and Lawson Crouse replied for the Coyotes, who fall to 3-6-1.

An overtime goal by Kyle Connor gave the Winnipeg Jets a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Connor and Pierre-Luc Dubois each had a goal and an assist for the Jets (6-3-1). Samuel Montembeault stopped 33 shots for the Canadiens (5-5-1) while Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield each had two points.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Canadiens defenseman Joel Edmundson made his season debut as he returned from a back injury. To make room for Edmundson, they placed winger Evgenii Dadonov on injured reserve. Meanwhile, the Jets announced before this game that forward Morgan Barron would miss four-to-five weeks following wrist surgery.

New York Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin made 32 stops while Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and Noah Dobson each had two points to defeat the St. Louis Blues 5-2. The Islanders (7-4-0) have won five straight games while the slumping Blues (3-6-0) have lost six straight.

The Seattle Kraken got a 22-save shutout from Martin Jones and two goals from Alex Wennberg to tame the Minnesota Wild 4-0. The Kraken’s record is now 6-4-2 while the Wild fall to 5-5-1. Kraken rookie Shane Wright played a season-high 13:45 and saw some power-play time but was held scoreless.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wright’s playing time has become the focus of criticism among pundits around the league. However, the 18-year-old center said he’s on board with the Kraken’s plans for his development and remains keen to stick with the club this season.

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews tallied in overtime to lift his club past the Los Angeles Kings 2-1. It was Toews’ seventh goal of the season. Arvid Soderblom kicked out 32 shots for his first NHL victory as the Blackhawks improve to 5-4-2. Blake Lizotte scored for the 6-6-1 Kings.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Toews missed all of the COVID-shortened 2020-21 season due to chronic immune response syndrome and netted a career-worst 37 points in 71 games last season. The Blackhawks captain leads his club in goals and sits among the league leaders in that category.

The Nashville Predators (4-6-1) picked up just their second win in the past nine games by dousing the Calgary Flames 4-1. Filip Forsberg and Matt Duchene each had two points while Kevin Lankinen got the win by stopping 29 shots. Blake Coleman had the only goal for the Flames (5-4-0), who’ve now lost three straight games.


  1. I’ve been impressed with the start, however it’s a long season but being without Chuck, and for the most part Brad until the last week, and now Forbort and Swayman, it’s been a remarkable run thus far. Forbort has been playing well the human pylon Nick has been playing well. Everybody seems to be tuned in. I have a feeling Kincaid will start Saturday to give Ullmark a rest. I still say Charlie starts either Sat. Or the following week oh and one more thing Lindholm keeps this up and he’ll be candidate for The Norris I knew the guy was a good d just not this good. Will not respond to guess who and the other who.

    • Am I guess who or am I the other who?

    • Hampus’ contract (8 x $6.5M) is already looking like a relative bargain; in a few years it will be much more so.

  2. Bruins (are the real deal) keep rolling; as do Knights

    Did not expect Devils and Flyers to be at 727 and 600 clips (respectively) one month in to season

    Pens faltering huge

    HexBurkie…. Do whatever it takes to get Karllson in a Pens jersey and Petry in a hosers one

    Send Dumo as well

    Pens (with their recent extensions) signaled rebuild has been pushed down the road…. All will be wasted if they finish out of the playoffs

    Fir Ships n Giggles….

    Petry (20 % retained) /Dumo/ (50% retained) O’Connor (59% retained)/ Nylander/ 1st (Lottery protected)

    For Karllson (50% retained) and Benning

    • Pick leafs to win Saturday as the bruins going lose sooner or later. I still remember how you called bruins 0 chance to make playoffs this year. Keep up the good work. Batting 1000 so far.

      • So much for “Will not respond to guess who and the other who.” 😉

      • Hi MB4

        I never said Bruins zero chance to make playoffs

      • MB4, yes they are due to come back to earth. I thought it could be last night, but played a great game. Dominated 1st and 3rd.
        So maybe it comes Saturday, Leafs played great last game, but the Flyers stink, so who knows.

        If the Leafs were playing anyone else, as strange as this is for me to say, I would almost be cheering for them. Simply so I wouldn’t have to listen to, and read on here all the sky is falling stuff from some of their fan base.

        I thought I was a paranoid B’s fan, but they got me by quite a bit.

    • Pengy. A fair bit of surprising teams so far. Buffalo. NJ. Flyers on the good side.

      And. Nuks. Sens panthers pens blues and leafs on the other side. Still lots of time to right the ship as they say

      • Pengy that was mr hockey. RwM. Not you 😃 your post was not tgere when i tuped mine

      • Pengy

        That was for MrHockey. Aka RWM not you 😄 your post was not posted when i sent that post. Must have been in the que

      • Got it

        Makes sense now

        Ya my posts seem to delay… I hit send; then refresh screen; not there…. 5 mins later, another refresh… it’s there

        I’m envious of bruins…. Care to help an old guy out…, Carlo for Petry???

  3. Hating the bruins start. Cause it’s Boston. Loving the vegas start. Cause I hated the haters. George is gonna hate this post cause of all the hate.

  4. Nobody wanted Foligno on the roster this year.

    As Ray pointed out earlier maybe the healtiest he has been in years.

    At this point he has turned from a liability to an asset.

    He has been very solid and his contract at present is not a hindrance to the team.

    • Nice surprise eh’ Caper?
      Lots going right for them right now, I’m blown away how good they are playing with key players out. Not smoke and mirrors either, they are earning most of those wins.

      Sweeney is a genius!

      • Love Foligno.

  5. Raise your hand if you had Dallas, Winnipeg, Chicago in the Central at 1-2-3. (its still early, but I’ll take it)

    • Or raise your hands if you predicted SC champs at 500 and sitting below the bubble line after 1 month

      and… Devils AND Isles ahead of Rangers!!!! Wow

      things have to change

      • The Devils might stay up in the standings Pengy. They have been dominant. Outshooting and out chancing opponents by a mile.

        Lucky teams just don’t play that good for 10 games.

        Not sure teams have figured out how to keep them fast littlie buggers from darting all over the place on the O zone. Getting to the paint too.

        Goaltending might be the only thing that keeps them from getting in. Neither guy is all that, and they just lost the better one last night.

        Not sold on Isles, but hey, made it to the final 4 twice in the last 3 years.

        Vegas is back.

        Another good story is Toews might be back too. TDL candidate if he keeps it up and is open to it? Bruin next year?

        And the Jets maybe? Caper, thoughts?

      • Ray, the Jets are were they are because of Connor Hellebuyck.

        He is playing his Vezina caliber hockey once again.

        Scheifele is playing a two hundred foot game and has 6 goals.

        Kyle Connor got his 2nd goal of the season last night. Not concorned because he is still getting a ton of shots.

        Defense isnt really that good but Bowness just had his second game behind the bench. Let see what his systems look like.

        Going to need to give Hellebuyck more support.

      • Well nice to have a good tender Caper. I got a feeling the Jets get in. I think they may have something to prove after last season.

      • Watched the NJD Play the Oilers last night, one of the best & Fastest games We have seen this year 👍

        Poor Stu Skinner fell asleep in the 3rd period and let 2 goals in 7 Seconds in the 3rd period❗️

        Vitek Vanecek played Great in goal for NJ last night when he came in for the whole of the 3rd
        with out him the Oilers could have scored 3 more for sure they have a very good Young Team and Vanecek was a Great Signing by NJD ..👌

  6. The Vegas/Sens score definitely doesn’t tell the whole story. The forward definitely started clicking midway through the second, but it’s never easy to come back from a 5-1 deficit.

    I hate to say that I feel like Forsberg felt the pressure of having Talbot back in the lineup and it showed. Talbot showed the type of play I remember seeing from him in Edmonton.

    I see Talbot starting the next few games for sure because he seemed pretty solid and the team completely changed their style of play in front of him.

    Vegas is a far more stacked team with players and money so a win would have been awesome, and this loss still shows a team that is getting better all the time.

    • I find the Sens have zero structure in how they play. I think they really need to think about a coaching change. DJ Smith is just not the guy to lead this team. He overuses Chabot to a point where Chabot is making stupid mistakes on the ice. He is too loyal to players like Zaitsev who should not even be on the ice. I also find he is not using Debrincat properly. They are too much of a dump and chase team.

      I know other Sens fans keep calling for one of the young Dman (JBD or Thomson) to get called up. But I don’t think Smith would even play them. Instead be loyal to Zaitsev.

      Let’s see where they are at after 5 more games but If this continues it is time for a change behind the bench.

      • And I think they should really consider Claude Julien. They have had interest in the past. Respected hockey man with lots of experience.

      • Claude would be the best choice.

      • I fully agree on the coaching. I am one that usually wants to wait 20 games in to make a judgement but you are right. I think DJ’s style was perfect for a young rebuilding squad that had some fundamentals to learn, I do NOT think he has the experience or even as you said “structure” to take this team to the next level.

        Do not get me started on Zaitzev.

        Yes, he needs to let Chabot play a realistic amount of minutes and not burn him out. Eventually it could even lead to injury. And Debrincat is not thriving under his coaching and that could affect the chances of re-signing him.

        I like the idea of Claude Julien to be honest. He likes a fast skating group with puck control and shooting!

  7. Wonder why Montreal gets called for every iffy penalty call when other teams blatant calls are missed.

    • Because the NHL is trying to make up for the previous 111 years when every call Montreal’s way.

  8. Correction, Bo Horvat had 2 goals and an assist last night giving him a total of 10 for the year and 2 goals in each of his last 3 games. And many Canuck fans want him traded. Sheesh.

  9. Nick loves you too SOP and Sweeney loves and kisses to Ray from Donny. Now that the love fest is over yeez What a load of malarkey. We’ll see how much you love Sweeney and Nicky in late spring. Yuck!

    • Rinse and repeat.