NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 1, 2017
Game recaps, Ott to Montreal, Hansen to the Sharks and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.com: Filip Forsberg scored twice, including the game winner in overtime, to give the Nashville Predators a 5-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Forsberg now has 10 goals in his last five games.
Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz collected his 700th career NHL victory as his club downed the New York Rangers 4-1. It was defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk’s first game with the Caps following his trade on Monday from St. Louis. He had four shots but didn’t tally a point.
The Rangers were playing without defenseman Dan Girardi, who could miss two weeks to a gash on the inside of his right ankle suffered on Feb. 7 that hasn’t healed properly.
Brad Marchand scored and set up another as the Boston Bruins beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-1, giving the Bruins their seventh victory in eight games under interim coach Bruce Cassidy. Coyotes winger Alex Burmistrov was carried off the ice on a stretch after being hit by Bruins defenseman Colin Miller. He was taken to hospital but has since been released and will rejoin the club.
The Florida Panthers snapped a three-game losing skid with a 3-2 shootout win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr tallied a power-play goal, becoming only the third player in NHL history to score multiple goals at the age of 45. The Hurricanes were missing forward Jeff Skinner, who returned to Raleigh to be evaluated for an upper-body injury.
Alex Galchenyuk scored in overtime and Carey Price kicked out 26 shots as the Montreal Canadiens edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0 in overtime. Last night, the Canadiens also announced the acquisition of forward Steve Ott from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2018.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ott is an aging agitating forward who will be expected to bring grit and experience to the Habs forward lines.
Justin Abdelkader’s overtime goal lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks also announced the trade of winger Jannik Hansen to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for minor-league forward Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2017.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good trade for both clubs. The Sharks pick up a solid depth winger in Hansen, who’s also under contract for one more season. The Canucks add a promising young forward in Goldobin, who has the potential to become a scoring winger.
Speaking of the Sharks, they overcame a 1-0 deficit to down the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1. Auston Matthews scored his 31st of the season.
Jason Zucker’s overtime goal gave the Minnesota Wild a 6-5 win over the Winnipeg Jets, who overcome a 4-1 deficit. Mikael Granlund had a three-point night for the Wild, as did Mark Scheifele and Mathieu Perreault for the Jets, who also welcomed back defenseman Toby Enstrom from a lower-body injury. Earlier in the day, the Wild announced the signing of defenseman Mike Weber to a one-year, two-way contract.
The Dallas Stars overcame a 2-0 deficit to down the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2. Stars winger Patrick Sharp is trying to play through an injury, which could affect his value as a possible trade candidate. Earlier in the day, the Penguins placed forward Eric Fehr on waivers.
Wayne Simmonds scored twice and Steve Mason made 33 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers blanked the Colorado Avalanche 4-0.
Cam Talbot made 25 saves to backstop the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.
T.J. Brodie scored in overtime to give the Calgary Flames a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings, giving the Flames their fifth consecutive win.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The NHL expansion franchise Vegas Golden Knights can start doing business with other clubs today, though nothing official can be released until the club finalizes its paperwork to join the league and makes the final installment of their $500 million expansion fee.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Long-time Kings broadcaster Bob Miller is expected to announce his retirement on Thursday. The 78-year-old recently had a minor stroke a year after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Vladimir Petrov, a member of two Olympic championship teams with the Soviet Union, died yesterday at the age of 69. Petrov was also a member of the Soviet team that played against Canada in the 1972 Summit Series.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Petrov’s family and friends. I remember watching him play in the Summit Series alongside Boris Mikhailov and Valeri Kharlamov. That line gave the Canadians fits in that series.