NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 21, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 21, 2019

A milestone game for Nicklas Backstrom, another big night for Jonathan Huberdeau and Noel Acciari, plus updates on Jack Eichel, Jason Zucker, Darcy Kuemper, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

GAME RECAPS

NHL.COM: Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom reached 900 points with two goals and two assists in a 6-3 win over the New Jersey Devils. He and Alex Ovechkin were playing in their 900th game together. Ovechkin scored and set up another. Devils defenseman Andy Greene played in his 900th career NHL contest.

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom reached his 900th career point in a 6-3 win over the New Jersey Devils (Photo via NHL Images).

A five-goal second period powered the Florida Panthers over the Dallas Stars 7-4. For the second straight game, Panthers winger Jonathan Huberdeau collected four points (one goal, three assists) while teammate Noel Acciari tallied his second straight hat trick. Tyler Seguin scored twice for the Stars while teammate Joe Pavelski played his 1,000th career NHL game. Stars winger Alexander Radulov missed the game with a lower-body injury.

Mitch Marner and William Nylander each scored twice as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the New York Rangers 6-3. Auston Matthews collected two assists for the Leafs.

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry made 26 saves in a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Zach Aston-Reese and Marcus Pettersson each picked up two assists for the Penguins. Oilers stars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl were held scoreless. Edmonton has won only three of their last 12 games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers (42 points) have slipped to third place in the Pacific Division. They’re one point ahead of the Calgary Flames, who hold the final Western Conference wild-card berth.

HEADLINES

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel returned to practice yesterday but is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. It’s uncertain if he’ll be in the lineup for today’s game against the Los Angeles Kings. Center Johan Larsson (upper body) is expected to miss the next two games.

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild winger Jason Zucker will miss the next four-to-six weeks following surgery to repair a fractured right fibula.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper is listed as week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes will turn to Antti Raanta with Adin Hill as his backup.

TSN: Columbus Blue Jackets winger Cam Atkinson will miss at least the next two games with a lower-body injury. The club also placed defenseman Ryan Murray (lower body) on injured reserve.

The Ottawa Senators placed goaltender Anders Nilsson on injured reserve after he suffered a concussion. Veteran goalie Craig Anderson has returned from injury and is ready to go. The Senators also announced defenseman Ron Hainsey will miss a week to 10 days with a lower-body injury.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 6, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 6, 2019

Nathan MacKinnon willing to accept less on his next contract to stay with the Avalanche, the Stars scratch Alex Radulov, Joe Thornton punches a goaltender, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

GAME RECAPS

NHL.COM: The Colorado Avalanche took a 3-0 lead over the Montreal Canadiens and held on for a 3-2 victory. Avs winger Gabriel Landeskog scored in his return to the lineup after being sidelined 16 games with a leg injury. Canadiens goaltender Cayden Primeau made 32 saves in his NHL debut. Habs center Jesperi Kotkaniemi left the game after falling awkwardly on his head following a questionable hit by Avs defenseman Nikita Zadorov.

Nathan MacKinnon said he’s willing to accept less money to re-sign with the Colorado Avalanche (Photo via NHL Images).

Earlier in the day, Colorado center Nathan MacKinnon said he had no regrets over his current contract. He also said he’ll accept less money on his next deal because he wants to win with the Avs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: MacKinnon inked his current seven-year, $44.1-million contract following the 2015-16 season, when he was coming off three inconsistent, injury-hampered performances. At the time, it was a significant raise for the young center coming out of his entry-level contract. It was also a gamble that turned into a long-term bargain for the Avs as MacKinnon blossomed into a dominant 90-plus point player.

I don’t doubt MacKinnon’s sincerity about accepting less than market value. He’s taking a page out of his buddy Sidney Crosby’s book. However, he’s still going to get a hefty pay raise on his next deal.

When MacKinnon’s current contract expires in 2023, the salary cap could reach $90 million, meaning the highest-paid players could command between $14-$15 million annually. MacKinnon could get between $12-$13 million per season if he’s still racking up 90-point seasons by that point.

The Dallas Stars snapped a four-game winless skid with a 3-2 overtime win over the Winnipeg Jets, who overcame a 2-0 deficit to force the extra period. Joe Pavelski tallied the game-winner for the Stars, who raised eyebrows earlier in the day by announcing winger Alexander Radulov would be a healthy scratch from this contest. Tyler Seguin and Miro Heiskanen each collected two points for the Stars.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Radulov has 15 points in 29 games this season. He has five points in his last 10 games, with three of those coming against the Vegas Golden Knights on Nov. 25. He was held scoreless in his last four contests.

Andrei Svechnikov scored the only goal in a shootout as the Carolina Hurricanes nipped the San Jose Sharks 3-2. Svechnikov also had a goal and an assist in regulation play. During the second period, Sharks center Joe Thornton laid out Hurricanes’ goaltender Petr Mrazek with a punch to the mask when the latter objected to Thornton jabbing at the puck after the netminder covered it in the crease. Mrazek recovered and finished the game.

Milan Lucic scored his first goal of the season as the Calgary Flames held on for a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist for the Flames, who’ve won three straight games. Earlier in the day, the city of Calgary reached an agreement with the Flames and the Calgary Stampede on a deal to construct a new arena.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: We can finally put to rest those silly rumors suggesting the Flames would relocate if they didn’t get a new arena. Despite public posturing by Calgary’s mayor, I had no doubt the city would eventually agree to construct a new arena.

The Minnesota Wild picked up their fifth straight victory by upsetting the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4. Mats Zuccarello scored the game-winner and collected two assists for the surging Wild, who’ve climbed from dead-last in the league over a month ago into a wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Arizona Coyotes winger Phil Kessel scored twice as his club downed the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1. The Coyotes have won eight of their last 10 games, moving into first place in the Pacific Division.

New York Rangers winger Artemi Panarin scored against his former club in a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Alexandar Georgiev made 45 saves for the win, handing the Jackets their third straight defeat.

Ryan Pulock’s overtime goal lifted the New York Islanders to a 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. Isles goaltender Semyon Varlamov kicked out 31 shots for the win. Marc-Andre Fleury returned to the Golden Knights roster following a leave of absence to spend time with his dying father. He was the backup for this contest.

Jonathan Toews scored in overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the Boston Bruins 4-3, snapping the latter’s eight-game winning streak. The Bruins rallied from a 3-0 deficit to force the extra frame. Dylan Strome scored and added an assist for the Blackhawks.

IN OTHER NEWS…

SPORTSNET: Former NHL player Brent Sopel released a statement yesterday clarifying comments he made a year ago describing encountered with Marc Crawford that could be considered abusive behavior by the former NHL coach. “It was not my intent to make any allegations against anyone or any organization,” Sopel said as part of his statement “I was only speaking to how Coach Crawford affected me. I cannot speak for how others were affected by him.”

TSN: A former NHL Players Association executive has filed a lawsuit against the PA claiming it covered up theft of over $100K in association funds by one of its executives. The PA is denying the accusation.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators have sent struggling defenseman Erik Brannstrom to their AHL affiliate in Belleville.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 8, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 8, 2019

Shutout performances dominate the game recaps in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COMPittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray made 25 saves to shut out the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0. Phil Kessel snapped a 16-game goalless drought with the game-winning goal and Sidney Crosby (31 goals) scored for the sixth straight game. The Penguins (81 points) vaulted over the Carolina Hurricanes into third place in the Metropolitan Division while the Blue Jackets (77 points) remain two points behind the Montreal Canadiens for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. 

Ben Bishop’s 31-save shutout gave the Dallas Stars a 4-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche (Photo via NHL Images)

Jason Zucker netted a hat trick and Devan Dubnyk kicked out 25 shots as the Minnesota Wild blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0. With 74 points, the Wild opened a three-point lead over the Arizona Coyotes for the final Western Conference wild-card spot. It was only the Lightning’s second defeat in their last 14 games. 

Arizona Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper had a 30-save shutout performance while teammates Clayton Keller and Jakob Chychrun scored the only goals in a 2-0 victory over the slumping Calgary Flames. The Coyotes (71 points) sit three behind the Wild for the final Western wild-card spot. 

Jake Allen turned aside 28 shots for the St. Louis Blues in a 4-0 blanking of the Los Angeles Kings. Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist for the Blues (78 points), who move within four points of the Winnipeg Jets for second place in the Central Division. 

Alexander Radulov collected a hat trick and Ben Bishop made 31 stops as the Dallas Stars shut out the Colorado Avalanche 4-0. The Stars (75 points) hold the first wild-card spot in the West while the Avalanche (70 points) sit four points outside the playoff picture. 

The San Jose Sharks (88 points) moved within one point of the Flames for first place in the Western Conference standings by downing the Montreal Canadiens 5-2. Martin Jones made 37 saves and Tomas Hertl tallied his 30th goal of the season. The Canadiens (79 points) hold the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. 

Two late third-period goals by Matt Grzelcyk and Patrice Bergeron lifted the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers, extending the Bruins points streak to 18 games. Bergeron scored twice while Jonathan Huberdeau tallied two goals and collected an assist for the Panthers. The Bruins (91 points) widened their lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs by four points for second place in the Atlantic Division. 

The New York Islanders doubled up the Ottawa Senators 4-2 to move into a first-place tie with the Washington Capitals (85 points) for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. Valtteri Filppula scored two goals for the Islanders, who were playing without starting goalie Robin Lehner. He’s listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury (head) and the club won’t confirm if it’s a concussion. 

Shootout goals by Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Alex DeBrincat gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-4 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Artem Anisimov scored twice for the Blackhawks while Patrick Kane moved into fourth among the franchise scoring leaders with 924 points. 

The Edmonton Oilers kept their faint playoff hopes alive by nipping the Vancouver Canucks 3-2. With 67 points, the Oilers are seven points out of a wild-card spot. Leon Draisaitl extended his points streak to 12 games while Connor McDavid collected two assists. Brock Boeser also had two assists for the Canucks. 

Andreas Athanasiou scored the only goal in a shootout as the Detroit Red Wings edged the New York Rangers 3-2. He also had a goal and an assist in regulation as the Wings snapped an eight-game losing skid. Before the game, the Wings honored Hall-of-Famer and former captain Ted Lindsay, who passed away earlier this week at age 93. Earlier in the day, the Wings announced defenseman Mike Green will miss the remainder of the season as he continues to battle a liver virus. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks will face the Philadelphia Flyers in Prague to open the 2019-20 NHL season. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 6, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 6, 2019

It was a night of NHL milestones for several players and one coach. Check out the details in today’s morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COMMontreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price tied Jacques Plante for most wins by a Habs goalie (314) with a 28-save effort in a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Teammate Brendan Gallagher scored his 30th of the season. Canadiens rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi was a healthy scratch for the first time this season as coach Claude Julien felt the 18-year-old could use a bit of rest. With the win, the Canadiens (79 points) hold the second wild-card berth in the East. 

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price tied Jacques Plante for most wins by a Habs goalie. (Photo via NHL Images)

Sidney Crosby scored his 30th goal of the season and added two assists to reach 1,200 career points to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Florida Panthers 3-2. Jake Guentzel scored twice, including the winner in overtime. The Penguins also honored center Matt Cullen for playing in his 1,500th career NHL game. With 79 points, the Penguins hold the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. 

Tampa Bay Lightning right winger Nikita Kucherov collected two assists to tie a franchise record of 108 points in a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck was shaken up after taking a Kucherov shot off his mask in the second period but returned to finish the game. 

New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz picked up his 800th career victory as his club edged the Ottawa Senators 5-4. It was a costly win for the Isles as starting goaltender Robin Lehner left the game late in the third period following a collision with Senators winger Brady Tkachuk. Earlier in the day, the Islanders recalled forwards Joshua Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle on an emergency basis. The Isles (89 points) move into a tie for first place in the Metropolitan Division with the Washington Capitals, 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An update on Lehner’s status will likely be revealed today. It’s assumed he left the game for concussion protocol. 

The Boston Bruins extended their points streak to 17 games with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, who were playing in Hartford Whalers jerseys. David Krejci scored the winning goal. Sebastian Aho tallied twice for the Hurricanes. Bruins winger Marcus Johansson left the game in the second period following a hard shoulder-to-shoulder hit by Hurricanes left winger Micheal Ferland. Johansson was taken to hospital but coach Bruce Cassidy said the news of his condition could be “encouraging“. The Bruins (89 points) opened a three-point lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs for second place in the Atlantic Division. 

Ryan Johansen scored the only goal in a shootout as the Nashville Predators nipped the Minnesota Wild 5-4. Wild winger Kevin Fiala scored twice against his former team. With the win, the Predators (83 points) move one point ahead of the Jets for the top spot in the Central Division. The Wild (72 points) hold a two-point lead over the Colorado Avalanche for the final Western Conference wild-card spot. 

Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishop turned in a 28-save shutout performance and John Klingberg scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers. Dallas forward Alexander Radulov was a healthy scratch as punishment for being late for a morning team meeting. The Stars (73 points) hold a one-point lead over the Wild. 

Nathan MacKinnon’s overtime goal gave the Colorado Avalanche a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. MacKinnon had two points while linemate Mikko Rantanen had a three-point game. Red Wings defenseman Mike Green will be sidelined seven-to-ten days due to the recurrence of a liver virus. 

Shootout goals by Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils, snapping a three-game losing skid. Devils forward Jesper Bratt left the game in the second period with an undisclosed injury. The Jackets (77 points) remain two points out of a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. 

The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 to snap the latter’s six-game winning streak. The Coyotes (69 points) sit three points behind the Wild. Defenseman Jason Demers returned to the Coyotes lineup after being sidelined for four months. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks center Brandon Sutter will undergo season-ending sports-hernia surgery. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks recalled goaltender Collin Delia as veteran Cam Ward is out seven-to-ten days with a knee injury. 

CALGARY SUN: Flames defenseman Michael Stone has been assigned to the club’s AHL affiliate in Stockton on a conditioning stint. Stone’s been sidelined since November 22 by a blood clot in his arm. 

STLTODAY: Blues center Brayden Schenn will rejoin the lineup after being sidelined since Feb. 19 with an upper-body injury. 

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs re-signed backup goalie Garret Sparks to a one-year, $750K contract extension. 

TSN: NHL general managers could recommend a rule change forcing players to skate directly to the bench if they lose their helmet during gameplay. The players could also be forced to wear their helmets during pre-game warmups. Those recommendations will require the endorsement of the NHL Players Association. Another proposed change could give a team with a power play the choice of which side of the offensive zone they’ll take the faceoff. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 23, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 23, 2018

Game recaps, injury updates, Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret hospitalized, and more in today’s NHL Morning Coffee Headlines.

NHL.COM: Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron’s four-point performance (including two goals) gave his club a 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators, handing the latter their 10th straight road defeat. It was Bergeron’s first game since being sidelined by a rib injury on Nov. 16. One of his goals was the 300th of his NHL careers. Linemates Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each had a goal and two assists.

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron made a triumphant return to action with a four-point performance in a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators (Photo via NHL Images)

Los Angeles Kings winger Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice, including the winner in overtime, to give his club a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks. It was Kovalchuk’s first game since undergoing ankle surgery on Dec. 1. Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson faces a hearing with the league’s department of player safety over an illegal hit to the head of the Kings’ Austin Wagner, knocking the latter from the game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Karlsson doesn’t have a history of this sort of thing. While the hit on Wagner wasn’t malicious, Karlsson could be fined or suspended a game or two.

Nikita Kucherov had a five-point performance (one goal, four assists) as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-3. With the win, the Lightning extended their points streak to 12 games (11-0-1). Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson both scored twice for the Bolts. Oilers captain Connor McDavid assisted on all of his club’s goals.

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark made 40 saves to blank the Anaheim Ducks 3-0. The win was overshadowed by the news of long-time Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret being stretchered from the press box during the third period and hospitalized after feeling lightheaded.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jeanneret, 76, had a pacemaker inserted in 2014. The Sabres said they will provide an update on his condition as soon as one becomes available. Here’s hoping he makes a quick recovery. 

**UPDATE**

 

A two-goal performance by Mitch Marner powered the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-3 win over the New York Rangers. Marner’s teammate Andreas Johnsson had a goal and two assists. Kevin Hayes had a goal and an assist for the Rangers. Leafs winger Tyler Ennis suffered a broken ankle after being struck by a slap shot by teammate Morgan Rielly.

Washington Capitals goaltender Pheonix Copley made 35 saves for his first NHL shutout as his club blanked the Ottawa Senators 4-0. The Senators were playing without starter Craig Anderson, who’s sidelined by an upper-body injury suffered during a 5-2 loss on Friday to the New Jersey Devils.

Sidney Crosby had three assists, Jake Guentzel scored twice and Matt Murray turned in a 39-save shutout to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. It was the Penguins’ third consecutive victory.

Phillip Danault tallied his first career NHL hat trick and Paul Byron scored in overtime as the Montreal Canadiens overcame a 3-2 deficit to edge the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3. Brandon Pirri scored twice for Vegas.

Florida Panthers winger Jonathan Huberdeau collected two assists for his 11th multi-point game in his last 14 as his team squeaked past the Detroit Red Wings 2-1. Panthers netminder Roberto Luongo made 33 saves. The Wings played without Andreas Athanasiou, who’s nursing an upper-body injury.

Cam Atkinson scored two goals as the Columbus Blue Jackets held on for a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, handing Flyers rookie goaltender Carter Hart his first loss of the season. Jackets winger Artemi Panarin had a three-point game.

The Calgary Flames dropped their third straight game, falling 3-1 to the St. Louis Blues. David Perron collected two points while teammate Jake Allen made 28 saves for the win.

Brad Richardson netted two goals late in the third period to lift the Arizona Coyotes to a 6-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche, who had overcome a 4-1 deficit with three third-period tallies. Alex Kerfoot scored twice for the Avalanche.

Alexander Radulov’s goal in the dying seconds of overtime gave the Dallas Stars a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild, handing the latter their fourth straight loss. Stars forward Martin Hanzal missed the game due to soreness in his back.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hanzal only recently returned to action after recovering from offseason spinal fusion surgery. While this could raise some concern, it’s also possible he doesn’t want to rush returning to game shape. He’s expected back in the lineup Sunday. 

Winnipeg Jets backup Laurent Brossoit picked up his first career NHL shutout by turning aside 40 shots to nip the Vancouver Canucks 1-0. Mark Scheifele potted the winning goal late in the third period.

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 4, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 4, 2018

Game recaps, Eric Staal reaches a milestone, Predators re-sign Pekka Rinne, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COMPekka Rinne made 26 saves and Roman Josi scored the only goal as the Nashville Predators blanked the Boston Bruins 1-0. Bruins winger Brad Marchand received a 10-minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct after mocking Colton Sissons embellishment of a high stick. 

Nashville Predators re-sign goaltender Pekka Rinne to a two-year contract extension. (Photo via NHL Images)

Earlier in the day, the Predators re-signed Rinne to a two-year, $10-million contract extension. He was slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As per Cap Friendly, the 36-year-old Rinne also has a modified no-trade clause and a no-movement clause, the latter preventing the Predators from demoting him to the minors. He’s taking a reduced annual average value (his current one is $7 million per season) to stay in Nashville but the 2018 Vezina Trophy winner obviously preferred taking a pay cut to stay with the Cup-contending Predators over gambling in next summer’s UFA market. 

Jason Pominville and Jeff Skinner each scored twice and Jack Eichel collected three assists as the Buffalo Sabres romped to a 9-2 beatdown of the Ottawa Senators. Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin left the game after blocking a shot with his foot but is expected to suit up for today’s game against the New York Rangers. 

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 34 saves for his seventh straight win and Steven Stamkos scored twice to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs were playing without forward Paul Byron, who’s sidelined for at least the next three games with a lower-body injury. 

Kyle Brodziak scored twice as the Edmonton Oilers hung on for a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Thanks to Thomas Greiss’ 35-save shutout performance, the New York Islanders blanked the New Jersey Devils 3-0 to pick up their fifth straight win. Earlier in the day, the Devils placed forward Stefan Noesen on injured reserve

Frederik Andersen kicked out 31 shots and Morgan Rielly tallied two goals as the Toronto Maple Leafs shut out the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-0.

Jason Dickinson’s overtime goal lifted the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. The Stars were skating without Alexander Radulov, who returned to Dallas for ongoing medical treatment and will miss the remaining three games of their road trip. 

Eric Staal scored his 400th career NHL goal and Nick Seeler collected three points in the Minnesota Wild’s 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his 50th career shutout as the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0.

Sean Monahan’s two goals helped the Calgary Flames pick up their fourth straight win by downing the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith was ejected early in the first period after receiving a game misconduct for boarding. 

Shorthanded goals by Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown carried the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The San Jose Sharks edged the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 thanks to two goals by Timo Meier, with the second coming in overtime. Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth missed the morning practice and returned to Philadelphia to be evaluated by team doctors. 

TSN: Winnipeg Jets forward Brendan Lemieux faces a hearing from the NHL’s department of player safety for a high hit on Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck during Friday’s NHL Global Series in Helsinki.