NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 7, 2018
Game recaps, Pittsburgh welcomes back former Penguin Marc-Andre Fleury and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins spoiled the homecoming of their former goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury by edging the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4. Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby each had two points against their old teammate. Fleury received a warm welcome from Pittsburgh fans, who gave him a lengthy, noisy ovation.
Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask extended his personal points streak to 21 games (19-0-2) as his club downed the Detroit Red Wings 3-2. With the win, the Bruins are now just three points behind the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning.
Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom’s 200th career goal was also the game winner as his club edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2. Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin each collected two points in this game.
The Minnesota Wild picked up their seventh victory in their last ten games as they thumped the St. Louis Blues 6-2. Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk made 35 saves while teammates Eric Staal, Mikko Koivu and Jason Zucker each tallied a goal and added an assist. Minnesota defenseman Jonas Brodin left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury. A further update on his condition is expected today.
Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and an assist as the Winnipeg Jets nipped the Arizona Coyotes 4-3. The Jets took over top spot in the Central Division while extending their home points streak to 10 games.
Ottawa Senators forward Matt Duchene had a goal and two assists to lead his team to a 5-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Senators forward Alex Burrows could be in some hot water with the league for appearing to strike Devils winger Taylor Hall in the head several times with his knee while the pair were tussling on the ice. The Sens were playing without winger Bobby Ryan, who is sidelined at least three weeks with an injured finger.
Three goals by Dougie Hamilton, Michael Stone and Sean Monahan gave the Calgary Flames a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau each picked up two points.
Ondrej Kase scored a goal and set up Adam Henrique’s overtime winner as the Anaheim Ducks edged the Buffalo Sabres 4-3. Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart each had two points for the Sabres.
Jonathan Bernier made 37 saves and Tyson Jost picked up two points to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.
Jordan Weal’s overtime goal gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Florida Panthers got two goals from Aleksander Barkov to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1. Panthers goalie Harri Sateri, named the NHL’s second star for the week ending Feb. 4, picked up his fourth straight win.
OTTAWA SUN: Good news for the Senators as two-way forward Mark Stone is hoping to re-sign a long-term extension with the club. Stone is a restricted free agent this summer.
NEWSDAY: With the New York Islanders’ skaters struggling of late, goaltender Jaroslav Halak’s improved play is keeping his team afloat in the playoff race.
TSN: 42 years after Toronto Maple Leafs Hall of Famer Darryl Sittler’s record-setting 10-point game, the jersey he wore in that game has resurfaced.
TIME: Former Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Galisano is refusing to pay his local taxes “after taking a stand over the amount of goose poo left on the lawn of his upstate New York property.”