Recaps of Thursday’s games, John Scott faces suspension, Patrick Kaleta’s suspension upheld, plus the latest on Pekka Rinne, Henrik Lundqvist and Olli Maatta.

David Krejci celebrates his last-second game-winning goal over the Sharks.

David Krejci celebrates his last-second game-winning goal over the Sharks.

BOSTON HERALD: David Krejci’s goal with 0.8 seconds remaining in regulation lifted the Bruins to a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks, snapping the Sharks regulation unbeaten streak. Jarome Iginla also scored his first goal as a Bruin.

It’s was a tough loss for the Sharks, having outshot the Bruins 39-17, plus forward Tommy Wingels was forced from the game following a high hit from Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who was unpenalized on the play.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if the league reviews the hit and if Chara faces supplemental discipline.

TBO.COM: The Tampa Bay Lightning overcame a weird game-tying goal to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-5 on an overtime goal by Martin St. Louis. Steven Stamkos scored twice for the Bolts, who were outshot 43-25.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings blew a 4-0 lead but managed to down the Phoenix Coyotes 7-4. Anze Kopitar scored his first regulation goal of the season while Dwight King collected a hat trick.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Niklas Backstrom replaced an injured Josh Harding and backstopped the Minnesota Wild to a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, who also lost goaltender Cam Ward to a lower body injury and forward Jeff Skinner to an upper body injury. Ward will miss three-four weeks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With Anton Khubodin also sidelined, the Hurricanes goalie tandem is Justin Peters and call-up Mike Murphy.  Yikes!

PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers edged the equally hapless NY Rangers 2-1 but forward Max Talbot provided a scare after he was knocked off-balance by Rangers forward Benoit Pouliot and crashed head-first into the boards. Talbot suffered major facial bruises but, fortunately, nothing more serious.

BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres enforcer John Scott has been suspended indefinitely awaiting his hearing with the league over his blindside hit of Bruins winger Loui Eriksson, who’s been sidelined indefinitely with a concussion.

CBS SPORTS: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has upheld Patrick Kaleta’s ten-game suspension for his blindside head shot on Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson.

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has been sidelined a minimum of four weeks to an infection in his surgically repaired hip.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A tough blog for the Predators, forced now to rely on inexperienced backups Carter Hutton and Magnus Hellberg.

NEW YORK POST: Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist claims he’s make progress in his recovery from an injury which has nagged him all season but which he refuses to discuss.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins confirmed yesterday they won’t be returning promising defenseman Olli Maatta to the minors.

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7 Responses to NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 25, 2013.

  1. xJayce says:

    Chara should be getting whatever Scott gets in regards to suspension. Shot right to the head. Need to be consistent in treating these.

    I’m a Habs fan though, I may be biased…

    • 49GiantSharkWarriors says:

      Nope. Looks like not even a hearing. Chara is untouchable

      • Roscoe says:

        This is so ridiculous! The league is doing so little to make players quit taking head shots…they focus on a few repeat offenders, and let others, like Chara skate (no pun intended).

        Shanny needs to start banning guys for half a season, and then let’s see if headshots stop. Unbelievable!

  2. Steve says:

    Looks like Goaltending opportunities are starting to open up – is it “Miller Time”?

  3. Ron Moore says:

    I find it interesting with teams no longer worried about buring a cheap ELC year with young players like they used to be. I wonder if the new CBA has something to do with that or are they looking and realizing that allowing a young player come into the game earlier you can lock him up cheap longer, much like the flyers did with JVR who has one of the best team/cap friendly contract, period.

  4. Ben says:

    If Chara didnt get suspended for that hit he did on Max Pacioretty a while back, he’s not getting suspended for anything except taking his skate off and trying to cut someone. He wont even get a phone call. What he should be suspended for is his hair cut.

  5. JJB says:

    I don’t normally buy into the theory of untouchable players … but my gawd if there is one is is Chara. The guy could pretty much get a one gamer for committing murder on the ice and I am sorry, he is a great D but he is one of the dirtiest players in the game … just knows how to get away with it.

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