NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 3, 2019
Game recaps, injury updates, Nikita Kucherov fined, Ducks talking contract with Jakob Silfverberg, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Tampa Bay Lightning became the first team to reach 80 points this season by holding on for a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers. Lightning forward Brayden Point missed the game with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. Earlier in the day, the NHL announced Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov was fined $5,000.00 for a dangerous trip on New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield on Friday.
The Philadelphia Flyers overcame a 4-2 deficit to edge the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 on an overtime goal by Nolan Patrick, with four of their goals coming on the power-play. Flyers captain Claude Giroux had a goal and two assists while Carter Hart made 40 saves.
Nico Hischier scored the game-tying and game-winning goals as the New Jersey Devils eked out a 3-2 overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
The Winnipeg Jets tallied a franchise-record six goals in the first period to roast the Anaheim Ducks 9-3. Jack Roslovic had a hat trick and Bryan Little added two goals. Ducks goalie John Gibson was pulled in the first period after giving up six goals on 14 shots while teammate Corey Perry was held pointless in his season debut. Meanwhile, reports indicate contract talks are progressing between the Ducks and pending free agent winger Jakob Silfverberg.
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Earlier in the day, the Leafs placed defenseman Martin Marincin on waivers.
Jonathan Bernier turned in a 35-save performance as the Detroit Red Wings shut out the Ottawa Senators 2-0. The Wings were playing without center Dylan Larkin, who’s sidelined one-to-two weeks with a strained oblique muscle. Earlier in the day, the league announced Senators forward Zack Smith was fined $5,000.00 for elbowing Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Marcus Pettersson on Friday.
The Florida Panthers downed the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1, handing the latter their fourth straight defeat. Panthers goalie James Reimer kicked out 34 shots while Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist.
Three unanswered third-period goals powered the New York Islanders to a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings, extending their points streak to eight games. Isles defenseman Ryan Pulock collected three assists.
St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored one goal and set up two others as his club doubled up the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2, handing the latter their fifth straight loss. The Blues have won six of their last nine games to move within three points of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference. The Blue Jackets now hold a three-point lead over the Carolina Hurricanes for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.
Third-period goals by Blake Comeau and Mattias Janmark enabled the Dallas Stars to beat the Nashville Predators 3-1, giving the Stars their fourth straight victory.
Erik Gustafsson’s overtime goal lifted the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. Blackhawks winger Alex DeBrincat had a three-point performance.
Jacob Markstrom’s 34-save performance carried the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, enabling the Canucks (54 points) to move past the Avs (52 points) into the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference. Jake Virtanen and Antoine Roussel each had a goal and an assist.
The San Jose Sharks nipped the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 thanks to an overtime goal by Brent Burns. The Coyotes were playing without defenseman Jakob Chychrun, who didn’t embark on their road trip owing to a lower-body injury.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals forward Lars Eller (lower-body injury) will be a game-day decision for today’s contest against the Boston Bruins.
THE SCORE: Sportsnet analyst Brian Burke is no fan of the Carolina Hurricane’s post-game victory celebrations. “I think it’s bush league. If they want to keep doing it in Carolina, fine. I think it’s bush league (and) I hate it.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burke then yelled at some kids to stay off his lawn, shook his fist at a passing cloud, and told a long-winded tale about how much better things were back in his day.