NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 18, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 18, 2018

Game recaps plus the latest on Corey Crawford, Mike Matheson, Nick Ritchie, Brady Tkachuk and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Alex Ovechkin scored twice, John Carlson had a three-point night and Matt Niskanen tallied in overtime as the Washington Capitals edged the New York Rangers 4-3. Defenseman Neal Pionk assisted on all three Rangers goals.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored twice in his club’s 4-3 win over the New York Rangers. (Photo via NHL Images)

Johnny Gaudreau netted his 100th career NHL goal and Michael Frolik scored twice in the Calgary Flames’ 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. Gaudreau had to leave the game in the third period as part of the league’s concussion protocol following a high hit from Bruins blueliner Charlie McAvoy.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No update was provided on Gaudreau’s condition but it doesn’t sound as though it’s serious. Hopefully, we’ll learn more later today. 

Ryan Kesler scored twice as the Anaheim Ducks downed the New York Islanders 4-1.

The Ducks also ended their contract impasse with winger Nick Ritchie as they reached an agreement on a three-year, $4.6-million deal ($1.533-million annual average value) and inked unrestricted free agent defenseman Jake Dotchin to a one-year, $800K contract.

Dotchin must clear waivers before joining the Ducks. He’s also filed a grievance against his former club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, for terminating his contract over what they called a “material breach” regarding his conditioning.

Brendan Gallagher’s goal with 11 seconds remaining in the third period gave the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Max Domi and Mike Reilly scored their first goals this season for the Canadiens, who have a 4-1-1 record.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Canadiens winger Tomas Tatar also picked up an assist, giving him a team-leading eight points in six games. Former Habs captain Max Pacioretty, the guy Tatar was traded for, has one point in his first seven games with the Vegas Golden Knights.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford hopes to make his long-awaited return from concussion symptoms tonight against the Arizona Coyotes. Crawford’s last game was Dec. 23, 2017.

THE SCORE: Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson said he’s received death threats and online harassment following his hit on Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson on Saturday. Matheson was slapped with a two-game suspension for the hit by the league.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Matheson doesn’t deserve this. You can take issue with his hit on Pettersson but there’s no reason to harass him online. I daresay those making those threats lack the guts to make those comments to his face. Lots of folks with keyboard courage out there. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators rookie Brady Tkachuk will miss a month because of a torn ligament in his left leg.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tough break for the Senators and Tkachuk, who was off to a promising start (six points in four games) to the season.

SPORTSNET: The Tampa Bay Lightning signed forward Cory Conacher to a one-year, two-way contract extension worth $700K at the NHL level. He was placed on waivers yesterday for the purpose of demotion to their AHL affiliate.

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings claimed forward Jacob de la Rose off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes placed forward Phil Di Giuseppe on waivers.