NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 28, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 28, 2017

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Yanni Gourde celebrates his overtime goal against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Game recaps, stars of the week and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Yanni Gourde scored in overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning overcame a three-goal deficit to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4. Jonathan Drouin scored twice for the Bolts (83 points), who moved to within one point of the Boston Bruins for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. 

Anthony Mantha scored two goals and Andreas Athanasiou scored his second straight overtime goal as the Detroit Red Wings edged the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3. Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack was stretchered from the ice following that goal as Athanasiou was pushed into Lack as the winger was driving to the net. Lack was taken to hospital but later tweeted he was okay and would be released later that night. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes (80 points) did pick up a point to move within four of the Bruins for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. 

Goals by Kevin Fiala, Viktor Arvidson and Ryan Johansen powered the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders. With 89 points, the Preds are third in the Central Division, one point up on the St. Louis Blues. The Isles (82 points) failed to gain ground on the Bruins, sitting two points back and falling to 10th in the Conference. Earlier in the day, the Islanders also learned forward Nikolay Kulemin could miss the remainder of the season with an upper-body injury

Sean Monahan scored a goal and set up three others to lead the Calgary Flames to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. The Flames (90 points) sit two ahead of the Blues in the first wild-card berth in the Western Conference and are only one point behind the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers for second in the Pacific Division. 

Jaden Schwartz scored two goals to give the Blues a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. With 88 points, the Blues have a firm hold on the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference, 11 points up on the Los Angeles Kings. 

Brian Gionta scored a goal in his 1,000 career NHL game to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers.

Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov, Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lethonen and Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf are the top-three stars for the week ending March 26. 

TORONTO SUN:  Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is listed as day-to-day due to possible head trauma (possibly a jaw injury). He took part in a short workout yesterday and spoke with reporters soon afterward, saying he intends to be cautious and take it slow with his recovery. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks forward Micheal Haley received a one-game suspension for sucker-punching Nashville Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes majority owner Andrew Barroway is exploring the possibility of buying out his minority owners. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The relocation of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas means significant competition for the NHL’s expansion Vegas Golden Knights for potential corporate sponsors. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s no competition here. The Raiders will scoop up the most lucrative sponsors, leaving their scraps for the Golden Knights. 












NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 27, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 27, 2017

Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Eaves celebrates one of his two goals against the New York Rangers on Sunday.

Game recaps, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM:  Ryan Getzlaf collected four assists and Patrick Eaves scored twice as the Anaheim Ducks doubled up the New York Rangers 6-3. With the win, the Ducks (93 points) surged ahead of the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers for first place in the Pacific Division. The Rangers (96 points) failed to clinch a playoff spot but maintain a firm hold on the first wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. 

The Philadelphia Flyers kept their slim playoff hopes alive by thumping the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-2. The Flyers (78 points) moved within six of the Boston Bruins for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. It was a costly loss for the Pens, as winger Conor Sheary left the game with an unspecified injury and is listed as day-to-day.

Meanwhile, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is unconcerned over Ottawa Senators’ owner Eugene Melnyk’s harsh comments toward him over Crosby’s slashing the hand of Sens blueliner Marc Methot. “I’m just going to leave it,” Crosby said . “He likes to hear himself talk, so let’s leave it. It was four days ago.”

Andreas Anthanasiou scored in overtime as the Detroit Red Wings upset the Minnesota Wild 3-2. While the Wild clinched a playoff spot, they’ve gone 1-7-1 in their last nine games and 3-10-1 in their last 14. 

Adam Lowry scored the game winner as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Vancouver Canucks 2-1. The Jets played without defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (lower-body injury) and star rookie winger Patrik Laine (illness). 

Tyler Seguin’s overtime goal gave the Dallas Stars a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. 

CSN BAY AREA: San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture suffered a “ugly injury” after being struck in the mouth by a puck during his club’s loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Couture lost several teeth and it’s uncertain how long he’ll be sidelined.

Meanwhile, Sharks forward Micheal Haley has a disciplinary hearing scheduled for today with the NHL’s department of player safety for sucker-punching Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok. 

TORONTO SUN: No word yet as to the severity of the injury suffered by Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen during Saturday’s loss to the Buffalo Sabres. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A lengthy absence for Andersen could put the Leafs playoff hopes in jeopardy. With 85 points, they’re only one ahead of the Boston Bruins for third in the Atlantic Division and only three up on the New York Islanders in the Conference standings. 

MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad is not taking part in the club’s current road trip as he complained of a sore neck following last Tuesday’s game against Carolina. Ekblad had only recently returned from a concussion. 

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders forward Nikolay Kulemin was injured on Friday (upper body) and is questionable for today’s game against the Nashville Predators. 

USA TODAY: American NHL players could skip this year’s IIHF World Championships if USA Hockey uses replacement players at the upcoming women’s World Championships. The current members of the women’s team intend to boycott the tournament ” after negotiations that centered around more financial support stalled.”












NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 26, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 26, 2017

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scores his 30th of the season against the Arizona Coyotes.

Game recaps, the 20th anniversary of the Avalanche-Red Wings brawl, Gary Doak passes away and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Alex Ovechkin joined Wayne Gretzky and Mike Gartner as the only players to score 30 goals in each of their first 12 seasons as the Washington Capitals downed the Arizona Coyotes 4-1. The win gave the Capitals 106 points, widening their lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets for top spot in the Metropolitan Division by three points. The Caps also set a franchise record by winning their 31st home game in a season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A remarkable achievement for Ovechkin, one of the greatest scorers in NHL history. 

Sergei Bobrovsky turned in a 36-save shutout performance as the Columbus Blue Jackets edged the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0. The win moves the Jackets (103 points) into a tie for second place with the Pittsburgh Penguins for second in the Metropolitan Division. 

Andrei Markov’s two goals gave the Montreal Canadiens a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. The win gives the Habs (93 points) a three-point lead for top spot in the Atlantic Division over the Sens. 

Colton Sissons and James Neal each scored twice as the Nashville Predators thumped the San Jose Sharks 7-2, handing the latter their sixth straight defeat. The Sharks now sit in a three-way tie for first (91 points) in the Pacific Division with the Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers, while the Predators (87 points) hold a one-point lead over the St. Louis Blues for third in the Central. Sharks forward Micheal Haley received a match penalty for punching Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok and could face supplemental discipline. 

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1, moving into a three-way first place tie in the Pacific Division with Anaheim and San Jose. 

Sean Monahan’s overtime goal lifted the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. The Flames (88 points) are now only three points out of first place in the Pacific Division. 

Jack Eichel had a two-goal performance to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The loss leaves the Leafs (85 points) with only a one-point lead over the Boston Bruins for third in the Atlantic Division. Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen left the game in the first period with an upper-body injury and didn’t return. 

Riley Nash had the first two-goal game of his NHL career as the Boston Bruins edged the New York Islanders 2-1. Anton Khudobin made 18 saves filling in for sidelined Bruins starter Tuukka Rask. The win gives the Bruins 84 points, one behind the Leafs for third in the Atlantic. They also maintain their hold on the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, widening their lead over the Isles by two points. 

Antti Raanta turned aside 30 shots as the New York Rangers blanked the Los Angeles Kings 3-0. The loss could be the final dagger in the heart of the Kings’ playoff hopes. With 77 points, they’re nine back of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. 

Sebastian Aho scored twice as the Carolina Hurricanes extended their points streak to 10 games by defeating the New Jersey Devils 3-1. The Hurricanes (79 points) are five points out of a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. 

Jonathan Marchessault netted a hat trick and James Reimer had a 25-save shutout as the Florida Panthers crushed the Chicago Blackhawks 7-0. Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr was forced from the game in the second period with a leg injury, but it’s not expected to leave him sidelined for long. 

Reid Boucher scored twice as the Vancouver Canucks doubled up the Minnesota Wild 4-2, handing the latter their ninth loss in 11 games. 

TSN: Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly said Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby apologized to him for what he claimed was an accidental spear to O’Reilly’s crotch in a recent game. The Sabres star said he accepted Crosby’s apology. 

SPORTSNET: Ottawa Senators defenseman Marc Methot required 10 stitches to repair the severed tip of his right pinky finger following a slash from Crosby in a game last week. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars winger Patrick Sharp will undergo season-ending hip surgery on Tuesday. 

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: The Penguins recalled defenseman David Warsofsky and demoted Frank Carrado. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: Today marks the 20th anniversary of the legendary brawl between the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That was the high point (or low point, depending on your perspective) of one of the most intense rivalries in NHL history. With both clubs now in decline and the Wings now playing in the Eastern Conference, it no longer has the spirit it once did. 

BOSTON HERALD: Former NHL defenseman Gary Doak passed away yesterday at age 71 from cancer. He played 789 NHL games, most of those with the Bruins, helping them win a Stanley Cup in 1970. He was active in various charity and alumni events following his retirement. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Doak’s family and friends. 












NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 20, 2017



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 20, 2017

New York Islanders captain John Tavares scored twice to lead his club to a 3-0 win over the Dallas Stars.

Game recaps, injury updates, recalls and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: John Tavares scored twice and Thomas Greiss had a 23-save shutout as the New York Islanders blanked the Dallas Stars 3-0, giving Doug Weight a win in his debut behind the bench as Isles interim head coach.

Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie, Daniel Winnik and Andre Burakovsky each collected two points as the Washington Capitals thumped the St. Louis Blues 7-3. Blues goalie Jake Allen was pulled for the fourth time in six games. Alex Steen and Jaden Schwartz each had three-point performances for the Blues in a losing cause.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Allen’s horrible midseason slump could push Blues management into the trade market for a goaltending upgrade. 

Michael Grabner tallied two goal and Henrik Lundqvist kicked out 23 shots to give the New York Rangers a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Ryan Ellis scored twice and Juuse Saros made 32 saves as the Nashville Predators took a 4-0 lead and held on to down the Calgary Flames 4-3. For the first time in his young career, Flames center Sam Bennett was a healthy scratch

Nino Niederreitter scored twice as the Minnesota Wild, despite blowing a two-goal lead, went on to edge the Arizona Coyotes 4-3. 

Nick Ritchie’s overtime goal gave the Anaheim Ducks a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. The game was delayed nearly 45 minutes to replace a pane of broken glass behind the Ducks’ net. Avs defenseman Tyson Barrie missed the game with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. 

Aaron Dell turned in a 24-save performance and Logan Couture tallied the game winner in the San Jose Sharks’ 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Prior to the game, the Sharks placed forward Micheal Haley on injured reserve while Joonas Donskoi came off IR.

Mike Condon turned aside 42 shot backstopping the Ottawa Senators to a 2-0 shutout over the Columbus Blue Jackets.  

BOSTON HERALD: Rumors abound suggesting Bruins head coach Claude Julien could be fired, but  the real problem is the limited depth of roster talent.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Firing Julien won’t fix that issue. But that’s what general managers of struggling teams sometimes do in hopes of shifting focus away from their roster mistakes. Time will tell if Bruins management goes that route. 

ARIZONA SPORTS:  The Coyotes demoted sophomore winger Anthony Duclair to the minors. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Duclair has only nine points in 41 games this season, a far cry from his 20-goal, 44-point performance in 2015-16.

MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm, sidelined since Nov. 15 with a dislocated shoulder, could return to action tonight. Forward Steve Ott (shoulder) could be placed on injured reserve to make room for Helm. 

SPORTSNET’s Elliotte Friedman reports the Florida Panthers placed forward Seth Griffith on waivers. It’s the third time this season Griffiths has hit the waiver wire. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes recalled goalie Michael Leighton. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: With goaltender Anders Nilsson sidelined by illness, the Buffalo Sabres recalled Linus Ullmark.

OTTAWA SUN: A bus carrying the Columbus (Georgia) Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League overturned on Interstate 74 near Peoria yesterday. No one on the bus suffered life-threatening injuries, though three are reportedly in serious condition.