NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 16, 2017
NHL.COM: Sam Gagner score in overtime as the Vancouver Canucks edged the San Jose Sharks 4-3 to snap their four-game losing skid.
Markus Granlund scored twice while Daniel and Henrik Sedin each collected three assists for the Canucks, who learned earlier in the day defenseman Chris Tanev will be sidelined two-three weeks by a groin injury. Brent Burns tallied two goals for the Sharks while their leading scorer Logan Couture left the game in the third period after being struck in the jaw by the shoulder of Canucks forward Alexander Burmistrov.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An update on Couture is expected today. It would be a serious blow to the offensively anemic Sharks if he’s sidelined for a significant period of time.
Rick Nash’s late third-period goal was the game winner as the New York Rangers doubled up the Los Angeles Kings 4-2. Kings forward Marian Gaborik, playing in his 1000th career NHL game, had a goal and an assist.
The Carolina Hurricanes blew a 4-2 lead but an overtime goal by Jaccob Slavin gave them a 5-4 win over the Buffalo Sabres, spoiling the hat trick scored by Sabres star Jack Eichel. The teams combined for six goals in the third period.
Brian Boyle scored twice, including his 100th career NHL goal, to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars.
Danny DeKeyser, Trevor Daley and Tomas Tatar scored as the Detroit Red Wings downed the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1.
TSN: On the eve of his club facing off against the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL 100 Classic at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said he doesn’t intend to sell the club but hinted at the possibility of relocation. Melnyk cited his frustration over the decline in ticket sales in recent years, adding that his front office is running on a shoestring budget and suggesting cuts to player salaries could be next. While the Senators are in talks with the National Capital Commission about developing land at LeBreton Flats for a new downtown arena, Melnyk said it wasn’t a certainty that the project will take place.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Melnyk has the right to air his frustrations whenever he wants. Doing so prior to his team hosting its first outdoor game in Ottawa, however, is poor timing and won’t sit well with the local fan base. As Ottawa is a government town, the ongoing screw-ups with the Phoenix pay system could be one reason behind the decline in ticket sales. Another could be the fact the Sens are no longer the dominant franchise they were a decade ago. Melnyk could also be subtly trying to put public pressure on the city of Ottawa in an attempt to garner himself a favorable arena deal.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning winger Ryan Callahan is out three-four weeks after suffering an upper-body injury (possibly his right arm) during Thursday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers have activated starting goaltender Cam Talbot off injured reserve.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’ll need Talbot to quickly regain his form if they hope to gain ground in the Western Conference. Lousy goaltending is one of the reasons they’ve sunk toward the bottom of the standings.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets coach Paul Maurice recently set a dubious milestone, surpassing Al Arbour for the most regulation losses (578) by a head coach in NHL history. “Now in his 20th NHL season, Maurice has amassed a record of 618-578-99-106.”
#Isles Transaction: Josh Ho-Sang has been loaned to Bridgeport.
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