NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 8, 2017
Game recaps. injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Braden Holtby made 23 saves for his seventh shutout of the season as the Washington Capitals blanked the Carolina Hurricanes 5-0. It was Holtby’s 30th career shutout and the 10th this season for the Capitals, a new franchise record. The Caps are also the first team to reach 80 points this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After a big of a shaky start to this season, the Capitals found their groove and are pulling away from the rest of the pack in the Eastern Conference and the overall standings.
Jason Pominville had two goals and two assists while goalie Devan Dubnyk made 38 saves to give the Minnesota Wild a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Earlier in the day, the Jets announced defenseman Tyler Myers underwent surgery to correct an unspecified lower-body injury and could miss six-to-eight weeks.
Henrik Lundqvist made 43 saves and Michael Grabner scored twice as the New York Rangers downed the Anaheim Ducks 4-1, giving Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault his 600th career NHL win.
Mikko Rantanen tallied his first career NHL hat trick and Calvin Pickard had a 27-save shutout as the Colorado Avalanche upset the Montreal Canadiens 4-0.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The once high-flying Canadiens are struggling, losing five of their last six games, four of those losses in regulation.
Jake Allen had a 30-save shutout and Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice as the St. Louis Blues thumped the Ottawa Senators 6-0.
Ben Bishop made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season and Nikita Kucherov tallied twice to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-0 blanking of the Los Angeles Kings.
The Calgary Flames blew a 2-0 lead but went on to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins thanks to a shootout goal by Kris Versteeg. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby collected an assist for his 998th career NHL point.
Evander Kane scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the Buffalo Sabres overcame a 4-1 deficit to defeat the San Jose Sharks 5-4.
Calle Jankrok and Viktor Arvidsson each netted a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators doubled up the Vancouver Canucks 4-2, handing the latter their fourth straight loss. Canucks winger Sven Baertschi left the game with a suspected head injury. The Canucks also announced forward Anton Rodin underwent successful knee surgery and will be sidelined up to six months.
Curtis McElhinney turned in a 39-save performance and Auston Matthew netted his 25th goal of the season as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Dallas Stars 3-1.
Seth Jone’s overtime goal lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
PHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers rookie forward Travis Konecny will miss four-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury.
NHL.COM: Carolina Hurricanes winger Bryan Bickell, who’s suffering from multiple sclerosis, aims to return to the lineup within the last two weeks of February.
TSN.CA: Rick Westhead reports the NHL has spent the past two years attempting to obtain all the interviews with former NHL players and their families (along with other corresponding documents) compiled by Boston University scientists studying brain injuries of former NHL players. Lawyers for the plaintiffs involved in a lawsuit against the NHL claim the league is attempting to cast doubt on the university’s research.
ESPN.COM: The governor of Connecticut is proposing his state spending around $250 million in upgrading Hartford’s XL Center in hopes of attracting an NHL franchise.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’d love to see an NHL franchise back in Hartford, but I’m not getting my hopes up about that anymore than I am about the NHL returning to Quebec City.