NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 25, 2018
Game recaps plus updates on Alex Ovechkin, Patrice Bergeron, Mike Smith and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Thanks to two third-period goals by Kyle Palmieri, the New Jersey Devils nipped the New York Islanders 2-1. The Devils also honored Patrik Elias by retiring his No. 26 in a pre-game ceremony. They also exercised the option in head coach John Hynes’ contract. Before the game, the Islanders acquired defenseman Brandon Davidson from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a third-round pick in 2019.
The Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Boston Bruins 4-3 on a late goal by Ron Hainsey. Leafs forward Mitch Marner had a four-point game (one goal, three assists) while Bruins winger Brad Marchand tallied twice. Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was spotted after the game with his right foot encased in a walking boot cast. He’ll be re-evaluated on Sunday.
Alex Ovechkin scored twice as the Washington Capitals thumped the Buffalo Sabres 5-1. Ovechkin now sits four goals shy of 600 for his career. Teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov had a four-point performance, scoring once and setting up three others.
The Philadelphia Flyers picked up their fifth consecutive win by beating the Ottawa Senators 5-3. Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning had a goal and two assists. Things are also starting to get ugly between team owner Eugene Melnyk and some unhappy Senators fans, as arena security confiscated some homemade signs critical of Melnyk before the game. One fan was also ejected when they attempted to film the encounter.
Mikael Backlund scored and set up two others as the Calgary Flames romped to a 5-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Flames goaltender Jon Gillies made 27 saves for his second straight victory. Earlier in the day, the Flames placed goaltender Mike Smith (lower body) on injured reserve.
Evgenii Dadonov’s hat trick powered the Florida Panthers to their ninth win in 12 games by downing the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-5, snapping the latter’s six-game winning streak. Evgeni Malkin scored twice for the Penguins.
Patrik Laine scored two goals, Dustin Byfuglien collected three assists and Nikolaj Ehlers had three points as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Dallas Stars 5-3.
The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1, handing the latter their fifth straight loss. Wings center Henrik Zetterberg tallied his 335th career NHL goal, tying Ted Lindsay for the fifth-most goals in Red Wings history.
Brayden Point’s shootout goal gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist for the Lightning. Montreal’s Max Pacioretty also tallied and added an assist.
The Edmonton Oilers spoiled the return of Jeff Carter to the Los Angeles Kings’ lineup with a 4-3 win. Mike Cammalleri collected three assists for the Oilers. Carter had been sidelined since Oct. 18 with an ankle injury.
Josh Anderson’s third period goal stood as the winner as the Columbus Blue Jackets nipped the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2.
The Arizona Coyotes picked up their sixth win in eight games by blanking the Anaheim Ducks 2-0. Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta kicked out 26 shots for the shutout.