NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 13, 2016
Auston Matthews four-goal NHL debut & much more in this morning’s notable NHL headlines.
NHL.COM: Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews had a record-setting debut, becoming the first rookie in the modern NHL era to score four goals in his first game as the Leafs fell 5-4 in overtime to the Ottawa Senators.
Connor McDavid’s three-point performance (including two goals) helped the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place in style with a 7-4 victory over the Calgary Flames. Oilers rookie Jesse Puljujarvi also scored his first NHL goal.
Vladimir Tarasenko’s two-goal effort led the St. Louis Blues to a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Los Angeles Kings lost their opening game of the season 2-1 to the San Jose Sharks. Kings starting goalie Jonathan Quick left the game with a lower-body injury. He will have an MRI today, but according to GM Dean Lombardi (through a spokesman), it doesn’t look good.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An impressive debut for Matthews, whose performance even had Senators fans cheering last night. Of course, we can’t expect that type of production from the youngster on a nightly basis, but he did put on an amazing display of the offensive skills that could have him on a fast track to NHL stardom.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: A flu virus knocked goaltender Carey Price out of the Canadiens’ season-opener tonight against the Buffalo Sabres.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres center Jack Eichel suffered a high-ankle sprain in practice yesterday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been reported Eichel could be sidelined one-two months. A big blow for the Sabres’ high hopes for this season.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins center Patrice Bergeron will miss his club’s season-opener in Columbus with a lower-body injury. He isn’t expected to be sidelined for long.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Wayne Gretzky is returning to the Oilers. He was named partner and vice-chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets have returned 2016 first-round pick (third overall) Pierre-Luc Dubois to junior.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins majority owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle remain “firmly in control” of the franchise for the foreseeable future.
EDMONTON SUN: Former Oiler Matti Hagman, father of Niklas Hagman and an early tutor of Hall of Famer Jari Kurri, died on Tuesday in Finland following a long illness. He was 61.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Hagman’s family and friends. A star in Finland, he played four seasons in the NHL, two of them with the Oilers from 1980 to 1982, netting 145 points in 237 games.