NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 5, 2018
Game recaps, Seattle officially awarded an expansion franchise, injury updates, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo returned to action and made 33 saves backstopping his club to a 5-0 shutout of the Boston Bruins. Luongo had been sidelined since Nov. 23 by a knee injury. Teammate Mike Hoffman scored twice while Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and two assists for his sixth straight multi-point game.
The Calgary Flames scored five goals in the second period to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 9-6. Flames forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan each scored twice and collected two assists. It was the highest-scoring game in Blue Jackets’ history. Cam Atkinson tallied a hat trick for the Jackets.
Two late goals by Nate Schmidt gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 5-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. Vegas forward Ryan Reaves was ejected from the game for a blindside hit on Capitals winger Tom Wilson, who left the game and didn’t return.
Auston Matthews scored twice, including the winner in the dying seconds of overtime, as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Buffalo Sabres 4-3, handing the latter their fourth straight defeat since coming off a 10-game winning streak. Jack Eichel scored twice for the Sabres.
Goaltender Edward Pasquale made 19 saves in his NHL debut to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 6-5 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings. Frans Nielsen netted a hat trick for the Red Wings, who learned winger Anthony Mantha (hand injury) will be sidelined four-to-six weeks while defenseman Danny DeKeyser (injured left hand) could miss “multiple weeks“.
Max Domi and Jonathan Drouin each had three points to give the Montreal Canadiens a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. Carey Price made 28 saves for the win.
Patric Hornqvist’s third-period hat trick gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 6-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche, snapping the latter’s 11-game points streak.
Third-period goals by Jacob Trouba, Adam Lowry, and Nikolaj Ehlers powered the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders. The Jets skated without defenseman Josh Morrissey, who was a late scratch with a lower-body injury. Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner is nursing an undisclosed injury and didn’t dress for this game.
Named the NHL’s second star of the week (ending Dec. 2), Arizona Coyotes goalie Adin Hill made 25 saves in a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Earlier in the day, the Kings revealed Trevor Lewis had surgery to stabilize a fractured foot that plagued him since Nov.16, sidelining him an additional four-five weeks.
Three power-play goals gave the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks, who’ve dropped 12 of their last 13 contests. Wild forward Mikael Granlund collected two assists.
TSN: The NHL board of governors officially approved Seattle as the home of the league’s 32nd franchise. Their first season will be 2021-22. The ownership group will be wiring their initial payment of its $650 expansion fee to the league later this week. The expansion draft will be held at Seattle’s KeyArena in June 2021 and will follow the same rules as the 2017 expansion draft.
ARIZONA SPORTS: To accommodate the Seattle franchise in the Pacific Division, the Coyotes will be moved to the Central Division in 2021-22.
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler (facial injuries) could return to the lineup next month, while winger Patrick Eaves (broken rib, back spasms) is sidelined indefinitely.
NBC SPORTS: The Philadelphia Flyers officially hired Rick Wilson as an assistant coach.