NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 9, 2018
Game recaps, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Taylor Hall’s 26-game point streak ended as his New Jersey Devils fell to the Winnipeg Jets 3-2. Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck picked up his franchise-record 35th win of the season. Earlier in the day, the Jets learned center Mark Scheifele is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
An overtime goal by Seth Jones lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Thomas Vanek scored twice for the Jackets, while Carl Soderberg netted two goal for the Avs. The win kept the Blue Jackets (75 points) two points up on the Florida Panthers as the two clubs jockey for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Marc-Andre Fleury kicked out 28 shots as the Vegas Golden Knights blanked the Detroit Red Wings 4-0. Cody Eakin and Alex Tuch each scored twice for the Golden Knights, whose 19th road win tied the NHL record for most by a team in its inaugural season. Earlier in the day, the Golden Knights learned winger Reilly Smith is day-to-day with an upper-body injury while defenseman Nate Schmidt could rejoin the lineup on Saturday.
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy picked up his 40th win of the season as his club beat the New York Rangers 5-3. Anthony Cirelli had a goal and two assists for the Lightning. Rangers forward Chris Kreider left the game as a precautionary measure after being hit in the head.
Roberto Luongo picked up his 75th career shutout backstopping the Florida Panthers to a 5-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Keith Yandle picked up three assists for the Panthers.
The Nashville Predators tied this season’s longest win streak (10 games) by doubling up the Anaheim Ducks 4-2. Preds forwards Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson each had two points, while Ducks forward Rickard Rakell tallied twice.
Brad Marchand tallied the game-winning goal late in the third period as the Boston Bruins edged the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2. Brian Gionta also scored his first goal since signing with the Bruins before the recent NHL trade deadline. The win was Boston’s fifth straight.
Sebastian Aho’s third-period goal stood up as the game winner as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2. Justin Williams had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes (71 points), who sit four points out of a wild-card spot in the East. Earlier in the day, the Blackhawks announced the re-signing of defenseman Jan Rutta to a one-year, $2.25-million contract extension.
Jeff Carter scored and set up another as the Los Angeles Kings (79 points) downed the Washington Capitals 3-1 to regain a one-point lead over the Colorado Avalanche for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones collected his fourth shutout of the season in a 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues. Mikkel Boedker and Tomas Hertl were the goal scorers.
Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid scored the tying and winning goals to lead his club to a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders (68 points), who’ve dropped eight straight games and are now seven points out of playoff contention.
The Buffalo Sabres nipped the Ottawa Senators 4-3 on a shootout goal by Jacob Josefson. Sabres forward Sam Reinhart had a goal and an assist. Ryan Dzingel scored twice for the Senators.