NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 10, 2017
Game recaps, McDavid wins Art Ross Trophy, opening-round playoff match-ups determined and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.com: Connor McDavid collected two assists to become the only player to reach 100 points this season as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-2. McDavid is the first Oiler to win the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading scorer since Wayne Gretzky in 1987. Oilers winger Jordan Eberle netted a hat trick.
The Anaheim Ducks picked up their fifth consecutive Pacific Division title by downing the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in overtime. Shea Theodore scored the game winner for the Ducks.
The Detroit Red Wings closed out the Joe Louis Arena with a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. Wings forward Riley Sheahan scored twice to snap a season-long goalless streak.
In his final NHL game, Bryan Bickell scored in a shootout and Brock McGinn netted the winning goal as the Carolina Hurricanes edged the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2. Multiple sclerosis has forced Bickell into retirement.
Three unanswered goals by Matt Calvert, Josh Anderson and Cam Atkinson lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. James van Riemsdyk scored twice for the Leafs.
Brayden Point scored twice and set up another as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2.
Brock Nelson had a goal and two assists and Anders Lee netted his 34th over the season in the New York Islanders’ 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators.
Vladimir Sobotka scored in his first NHL game since 2014 as the St. Louis Blues edged the Colorado Avalanche 3-2.
James Reimer had a 38-save shutout performance as the Florida Panthers blanked the Washington Capitals 2-0.
Magnus Hellberg made 22 saves for his first NHL win backstopping the New York Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The opening-round postseason series have now been determined. In the Western Conference, it’s the Chicago Blackhawks vs the Nashville Predators, the Minnesota Wild vs the St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks vs the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers vs the San Jose Sharks. In the Eastern Conference, it’s the Washington Capitals vs the Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins vs the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Montreal Canadiens vs the New York Rangers and the Ottawa Senators against the Boston Bruins.
The opening round schedule of the 2017 NHL playoffs has been released. The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Columbus Blue Jackets (7:30 pn ET), New York Rangers meet the Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m. ET); Boston Bruins face the Ottawa Senators (7 p.m. ET); St. Louis Blues square off against the Minnesota Wild (9:30 p.m. ET); and San Jose Sharks meet the Edmonton Oilers (10 p.m. ET).
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars announced Lindy Ruff won’t be returning as their head coach next season.