NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 11, 2014

Game recaps, an update on Rich Peverley, plus the latest on Ted Nolan, Jordan Nolan, Matt Cooke, Joakin Andersson and more.

Shocked Dallas Stars players await word on the status of teammate Rich Peverley.

Shocked Dallas Stars players awaiting word on the status of teammate Rich Peverley.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars doctors report Rich Peverley was successfully treated for a “cardiac event” after collapsing on the bench during the first period of last night’s Stars – Columbus Blue Jackets game.  Peverley even wanted to return to the game. He will undergo a battery of tests to determine the cause of the event. He has been treated this season for an irregular heartbeat. The game was postponed and will be replayed at a later date.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Peverley on his recuperation, and well-deserved praise for the trainers and medical staffs of both clubs for their quick response. It remains to be seen how this will affect Peverley’s playing career. Former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer’s career was ended by a near-fatal heart condition which also resulted in his collapsing on the bench during a game.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Sidney Crosby scored a goal and set up Chris Kunitz for two others to power the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.

AZCENTRAL.COM: Radim Vrbata tallied the winner in a shootout as the Phoenix Coyotes edged the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3.

NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.

NJ.COM: Dallas’ Tyler Seguin, Columbus’ Artem Anisimov and New Jersey’s Adam Henrique were the NHL’s three stars for the week ending March 9.

DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings center Joakim Andersson is out for two weeks after suffering a broken foot.

SPECTOR’S NOTE; The Wings were already without Henrik Zetterberg (back), Pavel Datsyuk (knee) and Darren Helm (concussion). Their acquisition last week of David Legwand was certainly timely.

NBC SPORTS: LA Kings’ forward Jordan Nolan received a one-game suspension for sucker-punching Edmonton Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu.

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke will play his 1, 000th NHL game tonight.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cooke’s critics won’t be pleased that a player with a reputation for dirty play is reaching such a milestone, but Cooke cleaned up his act in recent years and became a model player. Indeed, if he hadn’t changed his ways three years ago, I doubt he reaches that milestone.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres coach Ted Nolan appears close to signing a new contract with the club. He’s currently serving in an interim role.

TSN.CA: NHL general managers appear to have little stomach for significant rule changes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s hardly surprising. It took a season-killing lockout to force the league into making significant rule changes.

1 Comment

  1. While we, as fans, enjoy the action that hockey provides, this week demonstrates that hockey players are the same as we are. It has been a week where bad news, of real life situations, has taken over the headlines. Prospect Tim Bozon is still in a coma, battling meningitis, Matt Stajan is grieving the loss of his newborn child and had it not been for the quick response in Dallas, the possibility that Rich Peverley may have died was quite real.

    All we, as fans, can do is to keep our thoughts and our prayers toward the 3 players and their families.