Where Are They Now: 1999 Dallas Stars
Game recaps, Carey Price off injured reserve, waiver updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: On the night the Dallas Stars retired Jere Lehtinen’s No. 26, Tyler Seguin tallied a hat trick to lead the Stars to a 6-4 victory over the Calgary Flames. Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan each had three points in a losing cause for the Flames.
David Pastrnak scored the game winner, David Krejci had a goal and an assist and backup goalie Anton Khudobin remains unbeaten in regulation (7-0-2) as the Boston Bruins edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist for the Penguins.
Alex Ovechkin scored his 573rd career goal to tie Mike Bossy for 21st on the NHL’s all-time goal leader list as the Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1. Jay Beagle also collected his 100th career point in the win. Earlier in the day, the Lightning claimed Chris DiDomenico off waivers from the Ottawa Senators.
Nikolaj Ehlers scored twice in the opening five minutes of the first period as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Anaheim Ducks 4-1. Bryan Little collected three points for the Jets, who’ve won six of their last seven games.
The Vegas Golden Knights blew a three-goal lead but defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-4 on an overtime goal by Jonathan Marchessault. Vegas remains in first place in the Pacific Division, holding a two-point lead over the Los Angeles Kings.
Speaking of the Kings, they lost for the seventh time in eight games as Christian Fischer scored in overtime to give the Arizona Coyotes a 3-2 victory for their fourth victory in five games. Earlier in the day, the Kings placed forward Brooks Laich on waivers. Meanwhile, the man who appears at Kings games as their mascot “Bailey” is being sued for inappropriate behavior.
Cam Atkinson scored twice as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-2. It was the Jackets sixth straight win and the Senators fifth consecutive loss. Former Senators center Chris Kelly signed a PTO contract earlier in the day with the Senators AHL affiliate in Belleville, Ontario.
Nino Niederreiter tied a club record with a goal in six consecutive games as the Minnesota Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in a shootout.
Pekka Rinne turned in a 34-save shutout performance as the Nashville Predators blanked the St. Louis Blues 2-0.
The New York Islanders overcame a 4-2 deficit to upset the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime 5-4. Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal and Andrew Ladd each had a goal and an assist for the Isles, while Flyers Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Shayne Gostisbehere also each tallied a goal and an assist.
Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and Mats Zuccarello sniped the winner in overtime to lift the New York Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, giving the Blueshirts their seventh straight home victory.
Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists and Brian Boyle scored on Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night to give the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia two months ago.
A four-goal second period helped the Toronto Maple Leafs hold off the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4. Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen made 43 saves while James van Riemsdyk and Ron Hainsey each had a goal and an assist.
Kyle Okposo had a goal and an assist and Robin Lehner made 29 saves as the Buffalo Sabres snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers, handing the latter their fourth loss in five games.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens activated goaltender Carey Price off injured reserve and returned backup Charlie Lindgren to their AHL affiliate in Laval. Price missed the last 10 games with a lower-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless Price also returns to his usual stellar form, he won’t snap the Canadiens out of their two-month funk. He wasn’t playing well prior to being sidelined and Lindgren had better stats during his eight games between the pipes.
TSN: Speaking of the Canadiens, their poor start has generated some empty seats at the usually full Bell Centre.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well, that’s it, fans won’t turn out to support the team, time to move the franchise to a real hockey market. I’m joking, of course, but if the Habs played in a Sun Belt market, some chuckleheads would seriously make that suggestion.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Former NHL forward Mike Ribeiro was arrested for trespassing last month in Miami Beach. In recent months, reports emerged claiming the 37-year-old Ribeiro was battling alcoholism.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Ribeiro gets the help he needs.
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NHL.COM: Henrik Lundqvist became the 12th goaltender in NHL history to record his 400th career win as he backstopped the New York Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Lundqvist is also the fastest in history to reach that milestone, doing so in 727 games. He’s also only the third goalie to win 400 games with one franchise, joining Martin Brodeur and Tony Esposito.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to Lundqvist for this remarkable career achievement. He’s struggled through an unusually inconsistent performance this season, but of late he’s looking like the “King Henrik” of old.
In his first game since Dec. 5, goaltender Craig Anderson turned in a 33-save shutout performance to give his Ottawa Senators a 3-0 victory over the New York Islanders. Anderson had taken a leave of absence to spend time with his wife Nicholle, who’s battling throat cancer. Anderson’s return resulted in the Senators placing goalie Andrew Hammond on waivers yesterday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nicholle is reportedly making good progress with her treatments. Continued best wishes for a full recovery.
Jaromir Jagr moved to within one point of 1,900 career points while Vincent Trochek and Jonathan Huberdeau each had three-point performances as the Florida Panthers thumped the Nashville Predators 7-4. Viktor Arvidsson tallied a hat trick for the Predators.
Braden Holtby made 18 saves to pick up his 14th straight win as the Washington Capitals defeated the Anaheim Ducks 6-4. It was the Capitals sixth straight win and their 12th straight at home. Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom had a three-point night, as did Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf.
Patrik Berglund’s hat trick carried the St. Louis Blues to their fourth straight win by downing the Montreal Canadiens 4-2. The Habs have dropped five of their last six contests.
Evander Kane had a two-goal game, Jack Eichel collected three assists and Robin Lehner made 43 saves to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was also reported Sabres defenseman Cody Franson will miss two-to-three weeks with a bone bruise in his foot.
Patrick Eaves scored twice as the Dallas Stars ended their four-game losing skid with a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Earlier in the day, it was revealed the Stars will retire Jere Lehtinen’s No. 26 next season. Lehtinen spent 14 seasons with the Stars and was a key player during their years from 1998 to 2003 as a perennial Stanley Cup contender.
Richard Panik scored twice and set up another while Scott Darling made 30 saves as the Chicago Blackhawks crushed the Edmonton Oilers 5-1, extending the Hawks win streak to five games. Patrick Kane also had a three-point night for Chicago.
David Pastrnak’s goal late in the third period lifted the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks. It’s the second straight win for the Bruins under interim coach Bruce Cassidy. Frank Vatrano had a three-point effort for the Bruins.
Wayne Simmond’s overtime goal gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks, snapping the Flyers’ four-game losing skid whilst extending the Sharks’ losing streak to four. The Sharks also played without forward Logan Couture, who was a late scratch and listed as day-to-day.
Connor Murphy scored in overtime and teammate Martin Hanzal scored twice as the Arizona Coyotes upset the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3.
Ben Bishop kicked out 32 shot while Victor Hedman, Ondrej Palat and Brayden Point each had a goal and an assist to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 35 saves and Cam Atkinson netted the eventual game winner as the Columbus Blue Jackets squeaked past the Detroit Red Wings 2-1.