NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 19, 2016
Game recaps, Hurricanes president once again denies relocation rumors & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: After receiving over 30 stitches to the forehead after being struck by the puck, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert scored a shorthanded tie-breaking goal as his club doubled up the New York Rangers 4-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yet another example of why hockey players are considered among the toughest athletes in pro sports.
Victor Rask scored and set up another as the Carolina Hurricanes rallied with a three-goal third period to edge the Montreal Canadiens 3-2. During the game, Hurricanes president Don Waddell once again shot down speculation out of Montreal claiming team owner Peter Karmanos Jr was selling the team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I commend the Hurricanes on their comeback, but this was a game the Canadiens let slip away from them. They’ve now lost three in a row and could be returning to earth after another red-hot start to the season.
The Hurricanes relocation speculation has kicked around for some time but we’ve seen nothing come from it. Bear in mind the ‘Canes have a lease on their arena through 2024. If Karmanos does sell the Hurricanes, any attempt by new ownership to relocate the club won’t happen before that lease expires.
Marian Hossa scored late in the third period to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames. Hossa was in the crease and falling on Flames goalie Chad Johnson as the puck went over the goal line, but the Flames couldn’t challenge it because they no longer had a time out.
Kris Letang’s overtime tally lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.
Jay Beagle netted the game’s only goal and Braden Holtby made 25 saves as the Washington Capitals blanked the Detroit Red Wings 1-0.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators goalie Craig Anderson and his wife Nicholle released a joint statement confirming she’s been diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a form of throat cancer. She’s undergoing treatment in New York.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once again, I send my best wishes to the Andersons during this difficult time. Here’s hoping Nicholle has a swift and complete recovery.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers top-line forwards Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr are mired in a slump, combining for only three goals through 17 games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That lack of production from their top line is just one of the reasons why the Panthers are off to a sputtering start this season. Their shoddy defense is the biggest factor.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: New Jersey Devils winger Mike Cammalleri will remain absent for at least the start of the club’s upcoming four-game Western Conference road trip. He’s taken a leave of absence for personal reasons.
THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl has returned to San Jose for further evaluation on his oft-injured right knee.
ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes forward Brad Richardson suffered a broken tibia and fibula in the club’s recent game against the Vancouver Canucks.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings backup goalie Jeff Zatkoff has returned from a groin injury.