Panthers win streak comes to an end, NHL stars of the week, an updated injury report and much more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
Daniel Sedin’s second goal of the game halted the Panthers’ winning streak at 12 games. Jesper Fast’s late goal lifted the Rangers past the Bruins. Check out the highlights of last night’s notable NHL action.
Notable NHL Headlines.
SPORTSNET: Tensions boiled over after the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Florida Panthers in overtime to snap the latter’s 12-game winning streak, resulting in an on-ice melee near the benches which also involved the coaches of both clubs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cooler heads and the officials eventually prevailed, but that came dangerously close to an old-fashioned, all out bench-clearing brawl.
NHL.COM: To no one’s surprise, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin was named the NHL’s first star of the week. Detroit Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie were second and third stars respectively.
SPORTSNET: Former Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo is enjoying a career renaissance with the Florida Panthers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With a 19-11-3 record, a 2.08 GAA and .930 SP with three shutouts, Luongo is starting to garner some mention as a Vezina Trophy candidate for this season. Not bad for 36-year-old who was considered washed up as an elite starter when he was dealt to the Panthers nearly two years ago.
THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene is enjoying a bounce-back performance this season. With 21 goals, he’s already matched last season’s totals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Duchene’s performance is among the reasons the Avs have climbed back into the playoff picture in the Western Conference.
CALGARY HERALD: Former Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr was honored by the club yesterday as he officially retired as a Flame after signing a one-day contract.
NBC SPORTS: Speaking of the Flames, Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi didn’t take kindly to being lectured to by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman over the length of time it’s taken to commence construction on a new arena.”I know that Calgarians require very wealthy people from New York to come and tell us what we need to do in our community because they understand vibrancy better than we do,” Nenshi said. “Perhaps in other cities that he has come to, the city councils have just written cheques based on back-of-a-napkin proposals without any consultation to the public or without any analysis.That’s not how we operate here. We have a comprehensive framework in place. We’ll see what the numbers look like come spring and have a very big public discussion about it.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And with that, Nenshi dropped the mike and walked offstage. OK, so he didn’t do that, but his response certainly had that smack-down feel to it.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Nick Schultz is approaching his 1,000th career NHL game.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers winger Matt Hendricks was suspended three games by the NHL for boarding Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad.
THE PLAYERS TRIBUNE: Former NHL defenseman Ryan Whitney recounts his adventures playing in the KHL.
Updated NHL Injury Report.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk (broken left foot) is sidelined six-to-eight weeks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Big loss for the Leafs. van Riemsdyk, who was on pace for 28 goals and 58 points, is their leading scorer this season.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets center Mark Scheifele (lower body) will miss one week.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings forward Drew Miller will miss at least a month with a torn meniscus and has been placed on long-term injured reserve.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers right wing Nail Yakupov, sidelined the past seven weeks by an ankle injury, said he’s ready to rejoin the lineup.