NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 29, 2018
Game recaps, plus updates on Patrik Laine, Alexander Edler and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Alec Martinez scored in the final minute of regulation as the Los Angeles Kings snapped a six-game losing skid by edging the New York Rangers 4-3. Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists for the Kings, who welcomed back winger Dustin Brown from injured reserve but also placed goaltender Jonathan Quick on IR earlier in the day. Brown wasted little time making his presence felt, scoring one of the Kings’ four goals.
Timo Meier scored twice, including the winner in overtime, to give the San Jose Sharks a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks, who overcame a 3-1 deficit to force the extra frame. Pontus Aberg scored two goals for the Ducks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Meier, who had a 21-goal sophomore performance last season, may be coming into his own as a goal scorer, leading the Sharks with eight goals and sitting among their top-five in points.
Connor McDavid’s overtime goal gave the Edmonton Oilers a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago forward Patrick Kane had an assist to extend his points streak to six games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After a slow start, the Oilers have won three straight and sit in second place in the Pacific Division.
The Detroit Red Wings finally picked up their first regulation win this season by doubling up the Dallas Stars 4-2. Jonathan Bernier made 28 saves and Dylan Larkin collected two assists for the Wings.
Thomas Greiss made 38 saves as the New York Islanders squeaked past the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho picked up an assist to stretch his season-opening points streak to 11 games. The Islanders were playing without forward Cal Clutterbuck, who’s sidelined with an upper-body injury.
Jonathan Marchessault’s penalty-shot goal in overtime gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Alex Tuch scored twice for the Golden Knights while Senators goaltender Craig Anderson turned aside 49 shots. Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki, returning to the lineup following a one-game suspension, received a game misconduct for charging Vegas forward Cody Eakin.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Borowiecki could face supplemental discipline for this incident.
NBC SPORTS: Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine, a 44-goal scorer last season, has just three goals and five points in 12 games thus far. Line shuffling could account for his early scoring drought, but the club’s trip this week to his native Finland for two games against the Florida Panthers might help him regain his scoring touch.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Laine tends to be a streaky scorer. I expect he’ll get back on track soon.
CBS SPORTS: Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler will miss three-to-six weeks with a sprained MCL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Losing their top defenseman to injury could be a big blow for the rebuilding Canucks, who are off to a better-than-expected start to this season, sitting third in the Pacific Division.
ESPN.COM: In the wake of Saturday’s mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, the Penguins foundation ” is donating $25,000 to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, as well as $25,000 to establish a fund with the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety to benefit the four Pittsburgh police officers injured in the shooting.”
NHL.COM: A look at the history and enduring popularity of NHL ’94 video game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: NHL ’94 remains one of my all-time favorite video games. My son and I played it endlessly during the mid-to-late 1990s.