NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 17, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 17, 2020

A milestone night for Alex Ovechkin and Patrice Bergeron, Dougie Hamilton suffers a serious leg injury, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin’s hat trick carried his club to a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. Ovechkin tied Mike Gartner by starting his NHL career with 15 consecutive 30-goal seasons. He also needed four stitches after being clipped in the mouth by a high stick from Devils winger Miles Wood in the first period. With 689 goals, Ovechkin is one shy of Mario Lemieux for 10th on the all-time list.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has reach the 30-goal plateau for the 15th consecutive season (Photo via NHL Images).

Patrice Bergeron tallied his 20th goal of the season as the Boston Bruins beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1. Bergeron has reached 20 goals in seven straight seasons. Bruins defenseman Torey Krug got into a rare tussle by dropping the gloves with Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist. Sidney Crosby tallied the lone goal for the Penguins. Earlier in the day, the Bruins placed goaltender Tuukka Rask (concussion) on injured reserve.

The Columbus Blue Jackets edged the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on a late goal by captain Nick Foligno. Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton left the game in the second period with an apparent left leg injury that coach Rod Brind’Amour said doesn’t look good.

Pete DeBoer got his first win as head coach with the Vegas Golden Knights as they doubled up the Ottawa Senators 4-2. Golden Knights winger Mark Stone had a goal and an assist in his first game in Ottawa since getting traded to Vegas last February.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice, Carey Price made 40 saves, and Tomas Tatar collected three points as the Montreal Canadiens downed the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1. Canadiens sophomore Jesperi Kotkaniemi also got into the first fight of his career.

The Calgary Flames picked up their sixth win in seven games by downing the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1. Flames goaltender David Rittich made 35 saves for the win as teammate Matthew Tkachuk scored the only goal in the shootout.

Sam Montembeault made 23 saves coming off the bench to replace sidelined Chris Driedger as the Florida Panthers held on for a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists for the Kings.

Buffalo Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark made 28 saves as his club defeated the Dallas Stars 4-1. It’s the Sabres fifth win in their last seven contests. Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury and is listed as day-to-day.

Philipp Grubauer had a 27-save shutout as the Colorado Avalanche blanked the San Jose Sharks 4-0. It’s the Avs first win in five games.

The Vancouver Canucks picked up their 10th win in their last 13 games by beating the Arizona Coyotes 3-1. Jacob Markstrom made 34 saves while Elias Pettersson collected two assists.

A late power-play goal by Chris Kreider lifted the New York Rangers over the New York Islanders 3-2. Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev kicked out 38 shots.

The Anaheim Ducks snapped a four-game losing skid by upsetting the Nashville Predators 4-2. Rickard Rakell and Josh Manson each had a goal and an assist. The Predators have dropped seven of their last 10 games and sit six points out of the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

The Minnesota Wild held on for a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning for their first win in five games. Nikita Kucherov scored both Lightning goals.


TSN: Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet will replace Gerard Gallant as coach of the Pacific Division at the upcoming 2020 NHL All-Star Game. Gallant was fired earlier this week as head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights.

MLIVE.COM: Gallant’s firing raised questions about Jeff Blashill’s future as bench boss of the Detroit Red Wings. Blashill remains unconcerned and is focused on trying to find solutions to help his club.

THE SCORE: As expected, the NHL is talking to the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers to ensure the next two games between the clubs don’t get out of hand. Senior VP of Player Safety George Parros will attend the Jan. 29 game in Edmonton. Tensions were raised after Oilers winger Zack Kassian received a two-game suspension for an on-ice altercation with Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk.

Winnipeg Jets center Mathieu Perreault is incensed that Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen won’t be suspended for elbowing him in the face during a recent game between the two clubs. “Player safety, my ass!,” he told a Winnipeg Sun reporter. “This is literally an elbow to the face of a guy that didn’t have the puck,” Perreault added he could take measure into his own hands the next time a rival player does that to him. “I’m the smallest guy (on) the ice so I can’t really fight anybody. The only thing I can do to defend myself is use my stick, so the next guy that does that to me is gonna get my f—— stick. And I better not get suspended for it.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I have a feeling Perreault is going to get a phone call from Parros over his comments.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks placed center Dylan Strome (right ankle sprain) on injured reserve.

NEWSDAY: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran has asked the NHL to consider moving all Islanders games to Nassau Coliseum next season before they open their Belmont Park arena in 2021.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 19, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 19, 2018

Game recaps, scoring race updates plus the latest on Vladimir Tarasenko, Ben Bishop and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Tampa Bay Lightning (102 points) defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 to become the first Eastern Conference club to clinch a berth in the 2018 playoffs and the second team overall to do so. Nikita Kucherov (93 points) scored twice to open a five-point lead over Pittsburgh’s Evgeny Malkin, Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon and Edmonton’s Connor McDavid in the scoring race.

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon is playing himself into this season’s Hart Trophy conversation (Photo via NHL Images).

Speaking of MacKinnon, his two-goal, three-point effort powered the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, handing the latter their 10th straight defeat. With 86 points, the Avs opened a two-point lead over the Los Angeles Kings for the first wild-card berth in the Western Conference. They’re also just three back of the Minnesota Wild for third place in the Central Division.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite missing eight games to an upper-body injury this season, MacKinnon ranks among the top-five scorers. He’s also leading the Avalanche into postseason contention, putting him into the Hart Trophy conversation. 

A 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets knocked the slumping Dallas Stars (84 points) out of a Western Conference wild-card spot. Jets winger Patrik Laine scored two goals to tie Washington’s Alex Ovechkin in the goal-scoring race with 43. Both clubs lost key players during this game. Stars goaltender Ben Bishop came out of the game in the first period with a lower-body injury, while Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba left the game in the third period with a possible concussion following a thunderous collision with Stars captain Jamie Benn

Ovechkin, meanwhile, scored his 43 goal of the season but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Washington Capitals from falling 6-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers. Wayne Simmonds scored twice for the Flyers, who sit four points behind the Capitals for top spot in the Metropolitan Division.

The Calgary Flames’ playoff hopes suffered another blow as they were blanked by the Vegas Golden Knights 4-0. Marc-Andre Fleury made 42 saves for his fourth shutout of the season while William Karlsson tallied a natural hat trick and sits one shy of the 40-goal mark. The Flames (80 points) remain four points out of a wild-card spot with nine games left in the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames are winners of only three of their last 10 games. Barring a strong surge over the remainder of the schedule, they risk missing the playoffs for the seventh time in the last nine seasons. 

Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell each had a goal and an assist to give the Anaheim Ducks a 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. The Ducks (86 points) moved two ahead of the Los Angeles Kings into third in the Pacific Division.

The St. Louis Blues (83 points) moved within a point of the final wild-card spot in the West with a 5-4 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Patrik Berglund potted the winner in the extra frame. Blackhawks rookie Alex DeBrincat tallied a hat trick. The Blues were playing without superstar winger Vladimir Tarasenko for the first time since 2015, as he was a late scratch with an upper-body injury suffered during Saturday’s game against the New York Rangers. Tarasenko was listed as day-to-day.

The Carolina Hurricanes kept their fading playoff hopes alive with a 4-3 win over the floundering New York Islanders. With 73 points, the Hurricanes are nine points out of playoff contention with 10 games left. Anders Lee scored twice for the Isles, who sit 12 points out of a wild-card spot.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet will miss tonight’s game against Calgary as he’s attending his mother’s funeral. Norma Tocchet passed away last Wednesday at age 93 after battling brain cancer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Tocchet and his family. 

SPORTSNET: NHL general managers hope to reach some consensus on goaltender interference during this week’s meetings in Boca Raton, Florida.



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 15, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 15, 2018

Game recaps plus updates on Seth Jones, Oscar Klefbom, Jared Spurgeon and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

James van Riemsdyk’s hat trick power the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 6-5 win over the Dallas Stars. (Photo via NHL Images)

  NHL.COM: A hat trick by James van Riemsdyk helped the Toronto Maple Leafs edge the Dallas Stars 6-5. Mitch Marner tallied the winner in a shootout. Tyler Seguin had a three-point night for the Stars. The Leafs didn’t emerge unscathed, as starting goaltender Frederik Andersen left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury. However, Toronto coach Mike Babcock suggested it might not be serious.

San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl scored twice, including the game winner in overtime, in a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Logan Couture had a three-point effort for the Sharks, who also lost winger Joonas Donskoi to an apparent shoulder injury in the third period.  He will be reevaluated later today. Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid collected two assists.

The New Jersey Devils lit up Vegas Golden Knights goalies Marc-Andre Fleury and Maxime Legace in an 8-3 victory. Blake Coleman scored twice and teammates Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier each collected two points. Erik Haula tallied twice for Vegas. The victory moved the Devils (80 points) into the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson had a 32-save shutout performance in a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks, The win gives the Ducks 82 points to sit just outside a wild-card berth in the Western Conference. It was the Canucks fifth consecutive defeat and their third straight shutout loss, tying a franchise record. Earlier in the day, the Canucks announced defenseman Erik Gudbranson will undergo shoulder surgery and has been shut down for the season. 

The New York Rangers overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime. Mika Zibanejad had the game-tying and winning goals and teammate Chris Kreider had a four-point game.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jacket defenseman Seth Jones, who appeared to suffer an upper-body injury against Montreal on Monday, will play in tonight’s game against Philadelphia. 

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon will miss at least a month with a partial tear in his right hamstring. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Spurgeon’s injury is a significant loss to the Wild’s defense corps, as he logs the second-highest average time on ice per game (24:32) and leads the club in blocked shots (127). 

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom is expected to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery early next week. 

AZCENTRAL.COM: Arizona Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet will return behind the bench for tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators. He was recently granted a leave of absence to attend to a family illness. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning’s penalty kill could be their Achilles’ heel in their quest for the Stanley Cup this season. They’re currently 26th in that department. 

CBC SPORTS: Charges of fraud and theft against former NHL player agent Stacey Don McAlpine have been dropped by the crown in the wake of his death. McAlpine passed away on March 5. He was accused “of defrauding former NHL players Dany Heatley and Chris Phillips of more than $12 million between January 2004 and June 2011.”


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 13, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 13, 2018

NHL recaps, including milestones for Alex Ovechkin, Patrik Laine and Marc-Andre Fleury, in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin reached the 600 career goal mark during a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets (Photo via NHL Images).

  NHL.COM: Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored twice, including his 600th career NHL goal, as his club edged the Winnipeg Jets 3-2. He’s the 20th player to reach the 600-goal mark and the fourth to do so in under 1,000 career games.  Evgeny Kuznetsov potted the winner in overtime. Ovechkin retook the league goal-scoring lead (42) as the Capitals regained first place in the Metropolitan Division.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ovechkin is among the very best in NHL history He’s this generation’s dominant scorer, on pace for his eighth 50-goal season. Only Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy (nine each) have more. 

Jets winger Patrik Laine also reached a milestone, tallying his 77th career goal to sit third for the most goals scored by an NHL teenager behind Jimmy Carson (92) and Dale Hawerchuk (85). Laine (41 goals) is also second to Ovechkin in this season’s goal-scoring race.Earlier in the day, the Jets revealed hard-luck goaltender Steve Mason will be sidelined at least two weeks following arthroscopic knee surgery.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 38 saves for his 400th career win as he backstopped his club to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Fleury is the 13th goalie in NHL history to reach the 400-win plateau and sits third among active netminders behind Florida’s Roberto Luongo (467) and the New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist (430).

The Columbus Blue Jackets picked up their fifth straight win by downing the Montreal Canadiens 5-2. With 79 points, they move one point ahead of the New Jersey Devils for the first wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. Alexander Wennberg had a goal and four assists for the Jackets, who lost defenseman Seth Jones to an upper-body injury in the second period.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jackets will be hoping Jones won’t be sidelined for long. He’s their top defenseman and second-leading scorer with 48 points. 

Jonathan Quick’s 35-save shutout performance carried the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks. The Kings (81 points) moved into third place in the Pacific Division.

Matt Duchene scored twice and Craig Anderson made 38 saves to give the Ottawa Senators a 5-3 win over the Florida Panthers, snapping the latter’s home winning streak at eight games. The Panthers (75 points) are three back of the Devils for the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot.

A hat trick by Jimmy Vesey powered the New York Rangers to a 6-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Mats Zuccarello also scored twice for the Rangers. The Hurricanes (71 points) have dropped seven of their last 10 games and sit seven points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

The St. Louis Blues (79 points) stayed with a point of a Western Conference wild-card berth by doubling up the Anaheim Ducks 4-2. Ivan Barbashev and Alex Pietrangelo each had two points for the Blues.

The San Jose Sharks (83 points) defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 to maintain a two-point lead over the Kings for second place in the Pacific Division. The Red Wings’ losing skid has reached seven games.

Jets winger Patrik Laine, Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand and Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending March 11.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet has been granted a leave of absence to deal with a family illness.

SPORTSNET: Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (shoulder) could be sidelined until next week at the earliest.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the playoffs looming and the Leafs all but assured of clinching a postseason berth, it’s wise not to rush back their best player until he’s fully healed. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: After tumultuous tenures in Winnipeg and Buffalo, Evander Kane could find San Jose a better fit on and off the ice, where he’s unlikely to feel any backlash over his “NBA attitude”.

YAHOO SPORTS: Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan lit into his players again with another mid-practice rant following their 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders.



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 15, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 15, 2017

Game recaps plus updates on Alex Edler, Leon Draisaitl, Marc-Andre Fleury & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Claude Giroux had two goals and two assists, Sean Couturier two goals and an assist and Jakub Voracek three assists as the Philadelphia Flyers crushed the Washington Capitals 8-2. 

Sidney Crosby scored twice and Matt Murray made 43 saves to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers. Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice for the Panthers. 

Tyler Seguin had a Gordie Howe hat trick (goal, assist and fight) in the Dallas Stars’ 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Stars coach Ken Hitchcock collected his 783rd career victory, moving into third on the all-time list among NHL coaches. 

Artemi Panarin picked up three assists and Alexander Wennberg scored in overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild. Tyler Ennis tallied twice for the Wild. 

Mike Hoffman and Kyle Turris each scored twice as the Ottawa Senators thrashed the Edmonton Oilers 6-1. The Senators pushed their points streak to five games. The Oilers were playing without forward Leon Draisaitl, who’s sidelined with “concussion-type symptoms” related to a hit from Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba on Monday. 

Auston Matthews scored twice, including the winner in overtime, to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, snapping their 14-game winless skid against the Habs. 

Zdeno Chara scored a goal and set up two others as the Boston Bruins thumped the hapless Arizona Coyotes 6-2, leaving the latter winless (0-4-1) in their first four games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Following his club’s listless performance, Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said he was “kind of embarrassed for the fans”. He also hinted he’ll be getting tougher with his players in the coming days. He’ll have to do something to snap them out of their malaise. The Coyotes opened this season with heightened expectations after an offseason of roster and coaching changes. Thus far, they have nothing to show for it. 

Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and an assist to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Ehlers now has seven points in his last three games. Earlier in the day, the Hurricanes recalled defenseman Trevor Carrick and placed blueliner Trevor van Riemsdyk (concussion) on injured reserve. 

Dougie Hamilton scored twice, Mark Giordano netted his 100th career NHL goal and Jaromir Jagr got his first point of the season as the Calgary Flames beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2. Earlier in the day, the Canucks announced defenseman Alex Edler will miss the next four-to-six weeks with a sprained MCL. 

Corey Crawford made 37 saves and Brandon Saad scored in overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks nipped the Nashville Predators 2-1. 

Nikita Kucherov tallied his fifth goal in as many games as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the St. Louis Blues 2-1. 

Keith Kinkaid made 29 saves and rookie Will Butcher collected two assists as the New Jersey Devils held on for a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers. The Devils have won four of their first five games while the Rangers are 1-5-0. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers’ poor start to this season has prompted speculation general manager Jeff Gorton could either shake up the roster or make a coaching change if they don’t snap out of this tailspin soon. 

Thomas Greiss turned in a 40-save performance backstopping the New York Islanders to a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. 

Drew Doughty’s late third-period goal proved the game winner as the Los Angeles Kings doubled up the Buffalo Sabres 4-2. The Sabres remains winless this season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sabres center Jack Eichel recently expressed his unhappiness with his club’s constant losing. Like the Coyotes, they made a lot of offseason changes but have little to show for it. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury remains uncertain for tonight’s game against the Boston Bruins. Fleury was struck in the head by the knee of Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha during the Knights’ 6-3 loss on Friday. He took a maintenance day on Saturday. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 12, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 12, 2017

Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano honored for his charity work.

Latest on Mark Giordano, Jaromir Jagr and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

CALGARY SUN: Flames captain Mark Giordano won ESPN’s Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award for his charity work. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well deserved recognition of Giordano’s good works away from the ice. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: If unrestricted free agent Jaromir Jagr fails to land with a new NHL team, the ECHL’s Florida Everblades would love to sign him. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Jagr can’t find an NHL contract, I believe he could opt to finish his playing career in Europe. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes hired former Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet as their new head coach. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Penguins replaced Tocchet with Mark Recchi. 

EDMONTON SUN: The New York Islanders hired Kelly Buchberger as their new assistant coach. 

CSNPHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers re-signed center Scott Laughton to a two-year, $1.925 million contract.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS:  The Stars re-signed forward Gemel Smith to a one-year, two-way contract.