NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 5, 2018
Game recaps, Anders Lee named Islanders captain, Tom Wilson to appeal his 20-game suspension, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Kris Letang scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Washington Capitals 7-6 in a game that looked like a throwback to the high-scoring 1980s. Letang’s teammate Jake Guentzel also tallied twice while Capitals winger T.J.Oshie netted two goals.
Speaking of the Capitals, winger Tom Wilson will appeal his recent 20-game suspension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Even if Wilson’s appeal is successful he’s still going to miss a lot of time, probably around 15 games.
The Boston Bruins atoned for their humiliating 7-0 season-opening loss to the Capitals by blanking the Buffalo Sabres 4-0. Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves for the shutout while winger Brad Marchand collected four assists.
The New York Islanders began their first game of the post-John Tavares era on the right foot with a 2-1 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Goaltender Thomas Greiss turned in a 45-save performance for the win. Earlier in the day, the Islanders announced Anders Lee as their new captain.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not questioning Lee’s leadership ability but I wonder if the Isles front office made this move in part to convince him to stick around beyond this season. Lee is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in July.
Patrick Kane’s overtime goal lifted the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Like the Montreal Canadiens in their season-opening overtime loss to Toronto, the Senators played better than expected in this contest. One game does not a season make but they could surprise people if they maintain the effort they displayed against the Blackhawks.
An overtime goal by Artemi Panarin gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Before the game, recently retired Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg took part in the ceremonial puck drop.
Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck kicked out 41 shots while Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor each collected two points in a 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.
Wayne Simmonds scored twice to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. Earlier in the day, the Golden Knights revealed winger Alex Tuch is week-to-week with a lower-body injury.
Jim Montgomery’s first game as an NHL head coach was a successful one as his Dallas Stars blanked the Arizona Coyotes 3-0. Ben Bishop turned aside 30 shots for the shutout while Jamie Benn collected two assists.
Pekka Rinne made 34 saves backstopping the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.
Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen each scored as the Colorado Avalanche tamed the Minnesota Wild 4-1.
THE ATHLETIC: Aaron Portzline profiles former NHL defenseman Lyle Odelein’s recovery from a coma, paralysis, and a multi-organ transplant earlier this year. Odelein said he’s now feeling much better, is walking again and intends to take part in the Montreal Canadiens’ commemorative opening-night ceremony to honor their 1993 championship team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Odelein in his recovery from this near-death experience.
TSN: New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle continues his fight against leukemia as this season begins. He missed 13 games last season receiving treatment for the disease and won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance.
THE SCORE: Florida Panthers forward Derek MacKenzie intends to retire at the end of this season.
NBC SPORTS: The San Jose Sharks re-signed forward Barclay Goodrow to a two-year contract extension worth an annual average value of $925K