NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 14, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 14, 2020

The Lightning picked up their ninth straight victory, Zach Sanford scored four goals in a losing cause for the Blues, Zack Kassian in hot water again, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Tampa Bay Lightning picked up their ninth consecutive win by dropping the Edmonton Oilers 3-1. Lightning netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy extended his franchise-record points streak to 20 games. Oilers winger Zack Kassian could get a call from the NHL department of player safety for kicking the Lightning’s Erik Cernak in the chest with his skate during a first-period scrum. Cernak was unhurt in the incident. The Bolts played without Nikita Kucherov, who remains sidelined with a lower-body injury. The Lightning (81 points) move within a point of the Boston Bruins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and the overall standings.

Edmonton Oilers winger Zack Kassian kicked Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak in the chest with his skate on Thursday (Photo via NHL Images)

 Zach Sanford’s four-goal performance wasn’t enough to prevent the St. Louis Blues from dropping a 6-5 overtime decision to the Vegas Golden Knights. Jonathan Marchessault scored twice, including the winning goal, while teammate Max Pacioretty also netted two goals. The Golden Knights (66 points) sit third in the Pacific Division.

Cam Talbot turned in a 44-save performance as the Calgary Flames shut out the Anaheim Ducks 6-0. Mikael Backlund and Mark Jankowski each scored twice as the Flames (66 points) hold the first wild-card spot in the West.

Tyler Seguin’s goal early in the third period proved to be the winner as the Dallas Stars held off the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2. Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen made 16 saves in his first game since suffering a neck injury on Feb. 3. Leafs forward Andreas Johnsson left the game with what’s being called a serious knee injury. Stars center Andrew Cogliano played his 1,000th career NHL game. Earlier in the day, the Stars placed winger Alexander Radulov (upper body) on injured reserve while the Leafs placed goalie Michael Hutchinson on waivers.

Craig Smith tallied his first NHL hat trick and Juuse Saros turned in a 31-save shutout as the Nashville Predators blanked the New York Islanders 5-0. With 61 points, the Predators move to within three points of the Coyotes for the final Western Conference wild-card berth.

Philadelphia Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk scored and set up two others to lead his club over the Florida Panthers 6-2. Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled after giving up three goals on nine shots. The Panthers (66 points) remains two points behind the Leafs for third in the Atlantic Division.

Buffalo Sabres rookie Victor Olofsson scored twice, including the game-winner, as the Buffalo Sabres upset the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3. It was Olofsson’s first game since being sidelined by a lower-body injury on Jan. 2. Sabres captain Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists. The Jackets (71 points) hold the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Washington Capitals overcame a 2-0 deficit to edge the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was held scoreless for the third straight game and remains two goals shy of 700 for his career.

Wayne Simmonds scored twice as the New Jersey Devils tallied four unanswered third-period goals in a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Earlier in the day, the Devils placed defenseman Sami Vatanen (undisclosed) on injured reserve.

A two-goal first period enabled the Ottawa Senators to nip the Arizona Coyotes 3-2, snapping their six-game losing skid. The Coyotes (64 points) cling to the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Shootout goals by Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin gave the New York Rangers a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. Panarin also tallied a goal and an assist in regulation. The loss keeps the Wild (61 points) three back of the Coyotes.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was fined $5,000.00 by the NHL department of player safety for cross-checking Montreal Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher in the face on Wednesday.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 15, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 15, 2019

Game recaps, stars of the week, bye week schedule released, Ducks trade Andrew Cogliano to the Stars, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Goaltender Frederik Andersen’s return from a groin injury couldn’t prevent the Toronto Maple Leafs from dropping a 6-3 decision to the Colorado Avalanche. Carl Soderberg led the way for the Avs with a hat trick. The Leafs have lost four of their last six. Defenseman Jake Gardiner was the target of unhappy Toronto boo-birds, prompting his teammates to come to his defense in post-game interviews.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gardiner didn’t have a good game but that loss wasn’t solely his fault. The Leafs didn’t play well in this game and haven’t looked good in most of their last six contests. 

A four-point performance by Patrick Kane couldn’t prevent the Chicago Blackhawks from falling 8-5 to the New Jersey Devils. Kyle Palmieri and Blake Coleman each scored twice and Travis Zajac collected three points for the Devils, handing the Blackhawks their fourth straight loss. 

James van Riemsdyk’s hat trick carried the Philadelphia Flyers to a 7-4 win over the Minnesota Wild (Photo via NHL Images).

James van Riemsdyk tallied a hat trick as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Minnesota Wild 7-4. Wayne Simmonds and Nolan Patrick each scored twice for the Flyers. 

The St. Louis Blues got their first three-game win streak of the season by downing the Washington Capitals 4-1. Blues winger David Perron scored a goal to extend his points streak to 11 games. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin netted his league-leading 33rd goal while teammate Brooks Orpik played his 1,000th career NHL game. 

Jeff Petry potted the game-winner in overtime as the Montreal Canadiens edged the Boston Bruins 3-2. Canadiens goalie Carey Price kicked out 41 shots. 

Edmonton Oilers forwards Zach Kassian and Milan Lucic each scored twice in a 7-2 beatdown of the Buffalo Sabres. Oilers netminder Mikko Koskinen made 41 stops. 

Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano, St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington, and Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Jake Guentzel are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Jan. 13. 

The NHL also released its bye week schedule

THE SCORE: Details have emerged over the incident that resulted in the Columbus Blue Jackets withholding goalie Sergei Bobrovsky from last Thursday’s game against Nashville. After being pulled during Tuesday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Bobrovsky went straight to the dressing room, removed his equipment, showered and changed into street clothes rather than return to the bench. Following the game, several players pulled Bobrovsky aside and spoke with him before the team’s flight. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The report indicates Jackets coach John Tortorella was furious with Bobrovsky, as his antics left the club without a backup for Joonas Korpisalo in case he had to exit the game. It’s been a frustrating season for Bobrovsky but that doesn’t excuse his actions. Following a team meeting on Friday, Bobrovsky apologized and claimed he and the team put the incident behind them. 

TSN: The Anaheim Ducks traded winger Andrew Cogliano to the Dallas Stars for center Devin Shore.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Ducks having dropped 11 straight games, general manager Bob Murray has decided to shake up his roster a bit rather than fire head coach Bob Murray. They’ve dealt away experience and durability in Cogliano for a younger, faster and less expensive forward in Shore, who has just 17 points in 42 games. The Stars will look to Cogliano to provide a boost to a leadership core that recently came under criticism from team CEO Jim Lites. 

NBC SPORTS: The San Jose Sharks re-signed winger Marcus Sorensen to a two-year contract worth an annual average value of $1.5 million.

SPORTSNET: The Nashville Predators and New York Rangers made a minor-league swap, with the Predators sending forward Connor Brickley to the Rangers for Cole Schneider. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Former NHL defenseman Josh Gorges announced his retirement. He spent 13 seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Montreal Canadiens, and Buffalo Sabres. He had 124 points in 783 regular season games and nine points in 68 postseason contests.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gorges spent over seven seasons with the Canadiens and became one of the league’s better defensive blueliners during that time. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 15, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 15, 2018

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel tallied his 700th career point in a 5-2 win over the NY Rangers (Photo via NHL Images).

Game recaps, Phil Kessel reaches two scoring milestones, Andrew Cogliano’s ironman streak ends and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel reached two notable milestones as his club defeated the New York Rangers’ 5-2. Kessel picked up his 700th career point and reached the 20-goal plateau for the 10th consecutive season.

Penguins backup goaltender Tristan Jarry got his second straight start as Matt Murray tends to a personal matter. The Rangers, meanwhile, played without defenseman Ryan McDonagh (back spasms, day-to-day) and forward Kevin Hayes (leg contusion).

The Calgary Flames picked up their seventh straight victory by downing the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Dougie Hamilton scored twice for the Flames and goaltender Mike Smith made 38 saves.

Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho left the game following a borderline dangerous hit in the third period from Flames defenseman Mark Giordano, who was served with a match penalty and could face supplemental discipline. A further update on Aho’s condition is expected later today.  Before the game, the Flames announced winger Jaromir Jagr was placed on injured reserve

Vancouver Canucks center Brandon Sutter scored in overtime to give his club a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. It was Sutter’s first game since being sidelined by a groin injury on Nov. 24. 

Petr Mrazek had a 27-save shutout performance as the Detroit Red Wings blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0. Wings rookie Tyler Bertuzzi tallied his first career NHL goal. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: A two-game suspension for interference brings Anaheim Ducks winger Andrew Cogliano’s 830-game ironman streak to an end. The punishment was a result of Cogliano’s hit on Los Angeles Kings forward Adrian Kempe during Saturday’s game. 

The Ducks also claimed forward J.T. Brown off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Phillip Danault left the hospital Sunday after taking a slapshot in the head by Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. No word as to how long he could be sidelined. 

CBS SPORTS: Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is expected to return to action from an undisclosed injury following the club’s bye week. He suffered the injury during Saturday’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights. The Oilers’ next game is Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 13, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 13, 2018

Game recaps, Jack Johnson requests a trade, Ducks re-sign Andrew Cogliano, updates on Victor Hedman and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Jay Beagle’s goal in the dying seconds of regulation lifted the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored a goal and set up two others.

Thomas Vanek and Henrik Sedin each collected two assists as the Vancouver Canucks snapped a five-game losing skid by downing the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2.

The red-hot Calgary Flames collected their sixth straight victory by doubling up the Florida Panthers 4-2. Flames goalie David Rittich made 41 saves while center Mikael Backlund had a goal and two assists.

David Kampf celebrated his birthday by scoring his first career NHL goal and setting up another as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the Winnipeg Jets 2-1.

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has reportedly asked to be traded (Photo via NHL Images).

The Edmonton Oilers overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2. Darnell Nurse scored twice to fuel the Oilers’ comeback.

THE ATHLETIC: Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has asked for a trade. Aaron Portzline reports Johnson made the request, citing a diminished role this season and his wish to improve his free-agent value this summer. Sources say the request was made weeks ago. Neither Johnson, his agent or Blue Jackets management would publicly comment on the matter.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The report adds that Johnson isn’t unhappy in Columbus or with his teammates, noting that he wouldn’t have made the trade request if he had more years remaining on his contract. It’ll be interesting to see how much attention Johnson garners in the trade market and which teams he becomes linked to in the rumor mill.

Johnson’s role may have declined this season with the Jackets but he has a good reputation for stepping up his play in the postseason. He could be of interest to playoff contenders seeking an experienced second-pairing rearguard. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks announced the signing of veteran winger Andrew Cogliano to a three-year extension worth $9.75 million. The annual average value and actual annual salary is $3.25 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s an affordable move by the Ducks, as the 30-year-old Cogliano gets a modest pay bump over his current $3 million cap hit. Given his value to the Ducks as a skilled, durable two-way forward, this signing shouldn’t come as a surprise. He’s a valuable part of their roster. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman will be sidelined three-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While Hedman won’t be out for long, his absence will present a real test for the high-flying Lightning. He’s their top defenseman and coping with his absence won’t be easy. 

THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche starting goaltender Semyon Varlamov will miss another two weeks with a suspected lingering groin strain.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A nagging injury sidelined their best netminder would usually be the kiss of death for the Avs, but backup Jonathan Bernier’s done a good job thus far filling in for the sidelined Varlamov. If Bernier can maintain his recent level of play the Avs could maintain their current winning ways. 

MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard is set to return from a knee injury during today’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

ESPN.COM: Greg Wyshynski talks to former enforcer Stu Grimson about the reasons behind the decline of fighting in the NHL.

OTTAWA SUN (Stick tap to “George” for the link): Ottawa mayor Jim Watson recently said his city “should not be using property tax dollars to subsidize an NHL team. That’s not the role of a municipal government, in my opinion.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Watson’s comments come several weeks after Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said he’d consider moving the club if its financial situation didn’t improve, as well as suggesting his club didn’t need to move to a downtown arena. Watson said that remark was “exactly at odds with what he and (NHL commissioner) Gary Bettman have been telling me going back four years, that the arena has to be in the downtown core.” While the mayor supports a new downtown arena, he’s not prepared to pour public money into the project. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 23, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 23, 2017

Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander (right) is congratulated by Mitch Marner after scoring against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Game recaps plus updates on Paul Stastny, Carey Price, Rasmus Ristolainen and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: William Nylander, Nazem Kadri, Leo Komarov and Nikita Zaitsev each tallied a goal and an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2. Leafs defenseman Roman Polak could face supplemental discipline for a hit to the back of Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand. 

Andrew Ladd scored the game-winning goal and Thomas Greiss made 34 saves to give the New York Islanders a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers, handing the latter their seventh straight loss on home ice

Ryan Getzlaf and Hampus Lindholm each had three-points to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Connor McDavid also netted three points for the Oilers. Ducks winger Andrew Cogliano played in his 777th consecutive NHL game, moving into fourth on the all-time list behind Doug Jarvis (962 games), Garry Unger (912) and Steve Larmer (884). 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs (83 points) move into third place in the Atlantic Division, knocking the Boston Bruins (82 points) in the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. The Jackets (100 points) failed to move back into a tie for first overall with the Washington Capitals.

The Islanders (80) move within two points of the Bruins. The Rangers (94 points) remain solidly entrenched in the first wild-card spot. The Ducks (89 points) opened a two-point lead over the Oilers for second place in the Pacific Division and moved to within two points of the division-leading San Jose Sharks. 

St. Louis Blues center Paul Stastny is listed as week-to-week with a lower-body injury. 

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price could miss tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes with a “minor ailment.”

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen has a hearing scheduled today with the NHL’s department of player safety regarding his hit on Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel on Tuesday. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 21, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 21, 2016

Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr salutes the fans after tying Mark Messier on the NHL’s all-time points list.

Game recaps, Jagr ties Messier for second on all-time points list & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr tied Mark Messier for second on the NHL’s all-time points list (1,887), collecting three assists to lead his club to a 4-3 shootout victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Jagr reached this milestone in 94 fewer games than Messier. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Factor in that Jagr played three seasons in the KHL and also endured three NHL lockouts and a players’ strike that cost him another two seasons of combined playing time, his achievement is all the more noteworthy. 

Cam Atkinson scored twice and potted one of two shootout goals as the Columbus Blue Jackets won their 10th consecutive game by edging the Los Angeles Kings 3-2. Jeff Carter also scored twice for the Kings. The Jackets are now only one point behind the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins with three games in hand. 

Devan Dubnyk picked up his league-leading fifth shutout of the season as the Minnesota Wild got their eighth straight win by blanking the Colorado Avalanche 2-0. Earlier in the day, Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said he would address new contracts for pending restricted free agent forward Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund in the offseason

It was a rough night for goaltenders in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. The Lightning’s Ben Bishop (lower body) and the Red Wings Jimmy Howard (lower body) were both sidelined. 

Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists while Sidney Crosby picked up his league-leading 22nd goal in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 7-2 romp over the New York Rangers. 

Jeff Petry scored a goal and set up two others as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-1. Ducks winger Andrew Cogliano moved into fifth place on the NHL’s Ironman list, playing his 738th consecutive game. 

Bobby Ryan and Kyle Turris had two-point nights as the Ottawa Senators edged the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa left the game with an upper-body injury and is day-to-day. Earlier in the day, the Senators listed goalie Andrew Hammond (twisted ankle) as day-to-day. 

James Neal potted two goals and Viktor Arvidsson collected three assists as the Nashville Predators thumped the New Jersey Devils 5-1. 

Anders Lee scored twice as the New York Islanders chased Tuukka Rask from the net on route to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. 

Joonas Donskoi scored twice to give the San Jose Sharks a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames. 

Jannik Hansen tallied two goals as the Vancouver Canucks downed the Winnipeg Jets 4-1. 

ESPN.COM: The former nanny for the family of Pittsburgh Penguins winger Chris Kunitz received a five-year prison sentence “for setting fire to her rental residence and then filing fraudulent insurance claims for the contents.”

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Budding superstars such as Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau, Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine could make Canadian NHL teams more attractive to potential free agents. 

CALGARY SUN: Former Flames coach Bob Hartley is looking forward to coaching Latvia’s National Team, but remains hopeful of one day returning to the NHL. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The combination of CPR and ECMO therapy helped save the life of Tucson Roadrunners captain Craig Cunningham, who collapsed before an AHL game last month. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Having received CPR training during my military career, I strongly recommend everyone take a course on this potentially life-saving procedure. In North America, training is available through the Red Cross, American Heart Association, St. John Ambulance and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.