NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 10, 2017
Game recaps, injury updates, Sestito suspended, Canucks debunk drinking culture story & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and three assists to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-0 shutout of the Montreal Canadiens. It was the Flames’ eighth straight victory and snapped the Habs’ six-game winning streak.The Flames, however, lost defensemen Dougie Hamilton and Michael Stone to injuries.
Erik Karlsson scored the game-tying and game-winning goals to give the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes. The Sens move within two points of the Atlantic Division-leading Montreal Canadiens with two games in hand.
Andrew Ladd’s overtime goal lifted the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The win keeps the Isles in the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference, one point up on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Fredrik Andersen made 36 saves and Tyler Bozak scored a goal and set up another as the Toronto Maple Leafs doubled up the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2.
Jarome Iginla scored twice, including the winner in overtime, to give the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators. The Kings move within one point of the St. Louis Blues for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
Logan Couture scored two power-play goals and Brent Burns collected three assists to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals.
Jonathan Bernier had a 43-save shutout performance and Corey Perry scored the only goal as the Anaheim Ducks blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0.
Nikita Kucherov scored twice and set up another to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. It was a costly win, as forwards Tyler Johnson, Vladislav Namestnikov and Cedric Paquette all left the game with injuries.
Sebastian Aho scored two straight third-period power-play goals, including his 20th of the season, and Cam Ward turned aside 40 shots as the Carolina Hurricanes edged the New York Rangers 4-3.
Francois Beauchemin scored the game winner late in the third period to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Sestito received a four-game suspension for boarding on Winnipeg Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom.
MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings have recalled goaltender Jimmy Howard from their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids.
THE ATHLETIC: Philadelphia Flyers center Valtteri Filppula confirmed he refused a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Toronto Maple Leafs before the recent trade deadline. He said it was nothing against the Leafs or coach Mike Babcock, who coached Filppula during their tenures with the Detroit Red Wings. He explained he compiled his no-trade list last summer and the Leafs weren’t on his list of preferred destinations. He opted to stick with his list when approached by Lightning management regarding a possible trade to the Leafs.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Glendale’s city manager and former mayor both lay the blame for the Arizona Coyotes’ financial mess on the club icing a lousy product for years, not the location of the club’s current arena.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They make a good case. While the current arena is located well away from downtown Phoenix, the Coyotes could’ve attracted more fans had they regularly put a competitive team on the ice over the past decade.
PUCK DADDY:The arbitration process is one reason behind the reluctance of NHL general managers to release their lists of protected players prior to the NHL expansion draft in June.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, the GMs don’t those players who are left unprotected and passed over by Vegas feeling slighted and disrespected and having those feelings carry over into contract negotiations and salary arbitration.
NBC SPORTS: Vancouver Canucks president Trevor Linden denied claims by Irish hurler and football player Lee Chin claiming the Canucks had a culture of heavy drinking between games. Chin was taking part in a job-swapping TV show with former Canucks goalie Alex Auld. Chin subsequently apologized for his comments.