NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 25, 2013.

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.


  1. 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…

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

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

  3. 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. 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. 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.