NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 6, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 6, 2019

It was a night of NHL milestones for several players and one coach. Check out the details in today’s morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COMMontreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price tied Jacques Plante for most wins by a Habs goalie (314) with a 28-save effort in a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Teammate Brendan Gallagher scored his 30th of the season. Canadiens rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi was a healthy scratch for the first time this season as coach Claude Julien felt the 18-year-old could use a bit of rest. With the win, the Canadiens (79 points) hold the second wild-card berth in the East. 

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price tied Jacques Plante for most wins by a Habs goalie. (Photo via NHL Images)

Sidney Crosby scored his 30th goal of the season and added two assists to reach 1,200 career points to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Florida Panthers 3-2. Jake Guentzel scored twice, including the winner in overtime. The Penguins also honored center Matt Cullen for playing in his 1,500th career NHL game. With 79 points, the Penguins hold the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. 

Tampa Bay Lightning right winger Nikita Kucherov collected two assists to tie a franchise record of 108 points in a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck was shaken up after taking a Kucherov shot off his mask in the second period but returned to finish the game. 

New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz picked up his 800th career victory as his club edged the Ottawa Senators 5-4. It was a costly win for the Isles as starting goaltender Robin Lehner left the game late in the third period following a collision with Senators winger Brady Tkachuk. Earlier in the day, the Islanders recalled forwards Joshua Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle on an emergency basis. The Isles (89 points) move into a tie for first place in the Metropolitan Division with the Washington Capitals, 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An update on Lehner’s status will likely be revealed today. It’s assumed he left the game for concussion protocol. 

The Boston Bruins extended their points streak to 17 games with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, who were playing in Hartford Whalers jerseys. David Krejci scored the winning goal. Sebastian Aho tallied twice for the Hurricanes. Bruins winger Marcus Johansson left the game in the second period following a hard shoulder-to-shoulder hit by Hurricanes left winger Micheal Ferland. Johansson was taken to hospital but coach Bruce Cassidy said the news of his condition could be “encouraging“. The Bruins (89 points) opened a three-point lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs for second place in the Atlantic Division. 

Ryan Johansen scored the only goal in a shootout as the Nashville Predators nipped the Minnesota Wild 5-4. Wild winger Kevin Fiala scored twice against his former team. With the win, the Predators (83 points) move one point ahead of the Jets for the top spot in the Central Division. The Wild (72 points) hold a two-point lead over the Colorado Avalanche for the final Western Conference wild-card spot. 

Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishop turned in a 28-save shutout performance and John Klingberg scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers. Dallas forward Alexander Radulov was a healthy scratch as punishment for being late for a morning team meeting. The Stars (73 points) hold a one-point lead over the Wild. 

Nathan MacKinnon’s overtime goal gave the Colorado Avalanche a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. MacKinnon had two points while linemate Mikko Rantanen had a three-point game. Red Wings defenseman Mike Green will be sidelined seven-to-ten days due to the recurrence of a liver virus. 

Shootout goals by Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils, snapping a three-game losing skid. Devils forward Jesper Bratt left the game in the second period with an undisclosed injury. The Jackets (77 points) remain two points out of a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. 

The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 to snap the latter’s six-game winning streak. The Coyotes (69 points) sit three points behind the Wild. Defenseman Jason Demers returned to the Coyotes lineup after being sidelined for four months. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks center Brandon Sutter will undergo season-ending sports-hernia surgery. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks recalled goaltender Collin Delia as veteran Cam Ward is out seven-to-ten days with a knee injury. 

CALGARY SUN: Flames defenseman Michael Stone has been assigned to the club’s AHL affiliate in Stockton on a conditioning stint. Stone’s been sidelined since November 22 by a blood clot in his arm. 

STLTODAY: Blues center Brayden Schenn will rejoin the lineup after being sidelined since Feb. 19 with an upper-body injury. 

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs re-signed backup goalie Garret Sparks to a one-year, $750K contract extension. 

TSN: NHL general managers could recommend a rule change forcing players to skate directly to the bench if they lose their helmet during gameplay. The players could also be forced to wear their helmets during pre-game warmups. Those recommendations will require the endorsement of the NHL Players Association. Another proposed change could give a team with a power play the choice of which side of the offensive zone they’ll take the faceoff. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 6, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 6, 2018

Game recaps plus updates on Travis Hamonic, Tom Wilson and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Erik Karlsson got his first point with the San Jose Sharks, collecting an assist on Kevin Labanc’s overtime goal in a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Evander Kane and Timo Meier also tallied for the Sharks while Anze Kopitar and Tyler Toffoli scored for the Kings. 

Rod Brind’Amour got his first win as an NHL head coach as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1. (Photo via NHL.com)

Rod Brind’Amour got his first victory as an NHL head coach as his Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1. Goaltender Curtis McElhinney also got his first win with the Hurricanes after being claimed off waivers from Toronto earlier this week. Sebastian Aho and Micheal Ferland each collected a goal and an assist. 

NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils forward Jesper Bratt was placed on injured reserve after suffering a broken jaw during Thursday’s practice in Gothenburg, Sweden. He’s expected to be sidelined two-to-three weeks. The Devils also signed free-agent forward Drew Stafford to a one-year, $810K contract. 

CALGARY SUN: Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic is listed as week-to-week following a facial fracture suffered during a fight with Vancouver Canucks blueliner Erik Gudbranson during Wednesday’s season opener. 

TSN: The NHL Players Association has filed an appeal on behalf of Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson, who received a 20-game suspension earlier this week by the NHL’s department of player safety for an illegal hit to the head of St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist during a preseason game.