NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 10, 2017
Game recaps, injury updates, Coyotes deny relocation rumors & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Patrice Bergeron had a four-point night (one goal, three assists), David Backes had three points and David Pastrnak scored twice to give the Boston Bruins a 6-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks. It was Bruce Cassidy’s first win behind the Bruins’ bench as interim head coach since replacing Claude Julien earlier in the week.
Max Pacioretty also had a four-point performance (two goals, two assists) to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-4 overtime win over the Arizona Coyotes. Alex Galchenyuk netted the winner for the Habs, snapping their four-game losing streak. Earlier in the day, it was reported Habs defenseman Andrei Markov will be heading to Russia during the club’s break next week to bring his twin sons back to Montreal following the recent death of their mother.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Markov and his family.
T.J. Oshie scored twice and Nicklas Backstrom collected three assists as the Washington Capitals picked up their 11th straight home win by downing the Detroit Red Wings 6-3. Andreas Anthanasiou scored twice for the Wings. It was a costly game for both clubs, as forward Andre Burakovsky could miss some time with a hand injury while Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson is out 6-8 weeks with a broken wrist. Earlier in the day, the Wings announced goalie Jimmy Howard, who is rehabbing with their AHL affiliate, is day-to-day following irritation of scar tissue in his knee.
Jeff Carter scored twice (including his 29th of the season) and set up two others as the Los Angeles Kings thumped the Florida Panthers 6-3. Earlier in the day, Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle received a $2,000.00 fine for embellishment during the Panthers 6-5 win over the Ottawa Senators on Jan. 31.
Corey Perry scored two goals and set up another to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, ending the Ducks’ three-game losing streak.
J.T. Miller scored twice, Kevin Hayes had three assists and Michael Grabner tallied his 26th goal of the season as the New York Rangers edged the Nashville Predators 4-3 to pick up their fourth straight win.
Patric Hornqvist scored two goals as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1. Pens captain Sidney Crosby was held off the score sheet and remains at 998 career points.
Ryan Miller turned in a 33-save performance as the Vancouver Canucks blanked the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0. The Sedin twins each collected two points as the Canucks snapped a four-game losing skid.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored in overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Blues center Paul Stastny left the game early in the second period after suffering an apparent injury to his right leg. No word on how long he could be sidelined.
After the Ottawa Senators squandered a 2-0 lead, Mark Stone scored the game-winning goal to give them a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars.
Thomas Greiss kicked out 34 shots backstopping the New York Islanders to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Isles are 7-1-2 since Doug Weight took over as interim head coach and they’re now within two points of a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec could miss up to a week with a lower-body injury.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Free-agent NHL forward Ryan Carter is attempting a comeback with the Minnesota Wild. He underwent shoulder surgery four months ago.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights either have talked or are preparing to talk with former New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano. They’ve also reportedly spoken with former Florida Panthers coach Gerard Gallant.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s no lack of experienced bench bosses for the Knights to choose from. Former Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien and former St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock are also available.
ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said a recent report claiming the club was considering relocation to Seattle or Portland is “100 percent false.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Until the Coyotes finally get their arena issues sorted out, the relocation speculation will continue.