NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 6, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 6, 2019

Game recaps, Alex Ovechkin and Patrice Bergeron reach notable milestones, injury updates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin picked up an assist to become the highest-scoring Russian-born player in NHL history (1,180 points) in a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. During a timeout, the Capitals honored Canucks center Jay Beagle for his 10 seasons with the club. Beagle signed with the Canucks last summer as a free agent. 

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is now the highest-scoring Russian player in NHL history (Photo via NHL Images).

Earlier in the day, the Canucks learned defenseman Alexander Edler suffered a concussion and required stitches during Monday’s game against Philadelphia. An injury to backup goalie Thatcher Demko on Monday prompted the Canucks to call up Mike DiPietro on an emergency basis

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron celebrated his 1,000th career NHL game by scoring twice in a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders, ending the latter’s eight-game points streak.

Sam Reinhart scored the only goal in the shootout frame as the Buffalo Sabres edged the Minnesota Wild 5-4. The Sabres (58 points) are three points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference

The St. Louis Blues overcame a 2-0 deficit with three unanswered third-period goals to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2. Vince Dunn tallied the game-winner. The Blues (53 points) sit one point out of a wild-card berth in the Western Conference

A four-goal third period powered the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Tyler Toffoli scored two straight goals while Ilya Kovalchuk tallied in his first game back in New Jersey since departing the Devils in 2013 for the KHL. 

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Curtis McElhinney made 23 saves to blank the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0. The Hurricanes (58 points) are also three points out of wild-card contention in the Eastern Conference. 

Montreal Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher scored two first-period goals to lead his club to a 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. The Canadiens also learned earlier in the day that forward Paul Byron did not suffer a fracture to his left forearm on Sunday. The Ducks announced defenseman Korbinian Holzer has left the team and returned home for personal reasons. 

The Vegas Golden Knights snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on a shootout goal by Alex Tuch. Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 35 saves. 

Nashville Predators captain Roman Josi scored a goal and set up two others in a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes, handing the latter their fourth straight loss. 

San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski’s shorthanded overtime goal enabled his club to down the Winnipeg Jets 3-2. Jets head coach Paul Maurice was appearing in his 1,500th career NHL game. Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson remains sidelined by an illness but could rejoin his teammates later in their four-game road trip. 

A three-goal outburst in the third period gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 6-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice for the Jackets. 

The Chicago Blackhawks tallied five straight third-period goals to thump the Edmonton Oilers 6-2. The Blackhawks now sit three points out of a wild-card berth in the Western Conference. Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom returned to the lineup after missing 21 games with a broken finger. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That was an ugly collapse by the Oilers, who are also three points out of playoff contention but also have just three wins in their last 10 games. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, have won five straight to play themselves into the postseason picture after spending most of this season wallowing near the bottom of the conference. 

SPORTSDAY: Dallas Stars forward Tyler Pitlick will miss the next eight weeks recovering from wrist surgery. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 1, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 1, 2019

Game recaps, injury updates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers extended their winning streak to six games with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Boston Bruins. Travis Sanheim tallied the winner and also picked up an assist. David Pastrnak scored both Bruins goals. 

Mika Zibanejad’s hat trick carried the New York Rangers to a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils (Photo via NHL Images).

Mike Zibanejad’s hat trick carried the New York Rangers to a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils. Mats Zuccarello collected three assists for the Rangers, who’ve won five of their last seven contests. Earlier in the day, the Rangers revealed center Brett Howden will be sidelined three-to-four weeks with a sprained MCL. 

Third-period goals by Jack Roslovic and Kyle Connor lifted the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Jackets were playing without Cam Atkinson, who was a late scratch after being struck in the face by a puck during warmups. Earlier in the day, the Jackets revealed center Boone Jenner will miss one-to-three weeks with an infected laceration on his ankle.  Meanwhile, Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (lower-body injury) is now listed as day-to-day. He’s been sidelined since Dec. 29. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks winger Corey Perry could make his season debut on Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets. He’s been sidelined for four months recovering from surgery on his right knee. 

SPORTSNET: Edmonton Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom suffered an apparent setback in his recovery from a broken left finger after being struck on the injured hand during practice. 

STLTODAY.COM: Blues winger David Perron (upper-body injury) was placed on injured reserve. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars forward Tyler Pitlick (upper-body injury) will be sidelined for two more weeks.

SPORTSNET: The Montreal Canadiens will neither confirm or deny a report claiming defenseman Noah Juulsen may have suffered a career-threatening eye injury. He was struck in the face by a puck during a Nov. 19 game against Washington and his last game was with their AHL farm team on Dec. 27. The club will only confirm he has an upper-body injury that requires rest and is not a concussion.  

TSN: The Florida Panthers placed forward Jamie McGinn on waivers. 

CBC.CA: Olympic gold medalist Kendall Coyne Schofield defended NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire from social media backlash for “mansplaining” hockey to Coyne Schofield. The incident occurred during her appearance with McGuire as a guest analyst in Wednesday’s contest between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning. 

“I know he respects me as a hockey player, a woman, and a friend and that’s why I didn’t think twice about our on-air exchange when it happened,” said Coyne Schofield. Nevertheless, she added, “If I were watching it at home and saw a man say this to a woman athlete, I would have been offended.”

McGuire also issued a statement apologizing for his remarks. “At times my excitement got the better of me and I should have chosen my words better.”

THE SCORE: Antoine Vermette yesterday announced his retirement after 14 NHL seasons. In 1,046 games with the Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets, Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks, and Anaheim Ducks, Vermette scored 228 goals and 287 assists for 515 points, along with 14 goals and 28 points in 97 playoff games. He won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2015. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Vermette and his family in their future endeavors.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 27, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 27, 2016

Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan salutes the crowd after his 1,500th NHL game.

A roundup of recent notable news from the last three days in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr, Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Dec. 25. 

ARIZONA SPORTS:  Long-time Coyotes captain Shane Doan tallied his 400th career goal in his 1,500th NHL game in his club’s 4-1 loss on Friday to the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

ESPN.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets picked up their 12th consecutive victory by edging the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 23. 

TWINCITIES.COM:  The Minnesota Wild set a franchise record for consecutive wins (10) with their 7-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday. 

NHL.com:  On Monday, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced the re-signing of head coach Mike Sullivan to a three-year contract extension that begins in 2017-18. Sullivan took over as bench boss last December and guided the Penguins to the 2016 Stanley Cup championship. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sullivan’s style also helped the Pens avoid the dreaded Stanley Cup hangover. Thus far, they’re second overall in the Eastern Conference with 49 points in 35 games. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard will miss four-to-six weeks with a knee sprain. 

TSN:  Vancouver Canucks winger Jannik Hansen suffered an apparent knee injury in last Thursday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  No word as to how long Hansen might be sidelined. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS:  The Stars placed forward Antoine Roussel on injured reserve. 

Edmonton Oilers center Tyler Pitlick’s season is over after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee. 

OTTAWA SUN: NHL free-agent forward Steve Downie went on a Twitter rant prior to Christmas, calling out “his former head coach Dave Tippett, the NHL’s Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell and hockey commentator Don Cherry”. He ripped Tippett for allowing his best player, left wing Max Domi, to engage in a fight that broke the winger’s hand, Campbell for mocking former Coyotes enforcer John Scott for taking part in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, and Cherry for years of advocating violent play. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some observers have commended Downie’s outspokenness. Others, however, could interpret his remarks as sour grapes. Violent play has always been a part of the NHL, though in recent years the league has taken steps to reduce its effects and better protect its players. Still, there remains a “tough guy” code that has its champions around the league, with Cherry among the most prominent. That makes the colorful commentator a big target for criticism, some of it quite justified. 

MLIVE: The recent postponed game between the Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes has been rescheduled for March 27, 2017.

TSN: Rick Westhead reports a California workers’ compensation appeals board ruled the New Jersey Devils wrongfully withheld medical record from Mike Peluso, who alleges he suffered brain injuries as a result of his NHL career. 

“California was among the few U.S. states where pro athletes until 2014 could file workers compensation claims without playing their home games in the state. That meant that players from any NHL club, Peluso included, could file there.

In 2014, after lobbying by the National Football League, the state changed the law so that only players who played home games in California could file claims. That means former NHL players with the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and California Golden Seals can now file there.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The league currently faces a lawsuit from a number of former players regarding concussions suffered during their NHL careers. The Peluso ruling could lead to a number of former players from those teams filing similar claims. 










NHL Canadian Corner – January 6, 2015

In today’s NHL Canadian Corner, the Jets fall to the Sharks, Todd Bertuzzi could make a comeback with the Senators, updates on Alex Burrows, Bryan Allen, Ladislav Smid and Tyler Pitlick, and the Maple Leafs stage an outdoor practice.  (more…)