NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 24, 2016
Game recaps plus injury, expansion and World Cup of Hockey updates in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Alex Ovechkin tallied his first hat trick of the season to lead the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues. It was the 16th time in Ovechkin’s career he’s tallied three goals in a game.
Sidney Crosby scored twice and set up another to power the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 6-1 rout of the New York Rangers.
Milan Lucic scored a goal and set up three others while Connor McDavid netted a goal and two assists as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Colorado Avalanche 6-3.
Mike Cammalleri had a four-point night (one goal, three assists) to rally the New Jersey Devils to a 5-4 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Cammalleri missed the Devils’ previous six games as his daughter underwent surgery for pneumonia. Leafs rookie Auston Matthews snapped a 13-game goal drought, scoring twice and setting up another.
Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi each tallied a goal and two assists while Ryan Miller made 35 saves to give the Vancouver Canucks a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.
Martin Jones made 33 saves as the San Jose Sharks edged the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1. The Hawks also lost captain Jonathan Toews to an upper-body injury and is uncertain for their next game.
Filip Forsberg, James Neal and Ryan Johansen each had a goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars.
Third-period goals 12 seconds apart by Alex Killorn and Ryan Callahan led the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Earlier in the day, the Flyers learned center Sean Couturier will be sidelined four-to-six weeks with a left-knee injury.
A shootout goal by Thomas Vanek lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
The Minnesota Wild beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1, handing the latter their fourth straight loss.
Chad Johnson made 34 saves backstopping the Calgary Flames to a 2-0 shutout over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Derek Forbort tallied the game winner as the Los Angeles Kings doubled up the New York Islanders 4-2.
CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara (lower-body injury) will miss tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators and is doubtful for tomorrow’s contest against the Calgary Flames.
NBC SPORTS: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu was released from hospital yesterday after taking a puck to the throat in Tuesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators. However, he’s been ruled out of tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes and is doubtful for Saturday’s game against Detroit.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes winger Bryan Bickell is taking things day by day coping with multiple sclerosis. The disease has put his playing career in jeopardy. He’s been in touch with former Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding, whose career was ended by MS.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: The World Cup of Hockey wasn’t the massive cash cow the NHL and NHLPA hoped it would be. A total profit of less than $40 million is significantly lower than projected, perhaps by as much as 50 percent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the tournament was more entertaining that expected, it failed to generate excitement among hockey fans accustomed to watching NHL players in Olympic competition. The TV numbers in Canada were solid, but much less so in the United States, though Team USA’s early elimination certainly didn’t help.
SPORTSNET: Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley reputed reports that several notable athletes and celebrities owned minority stakes in the franchise. “The [NHL] goes through a process for every investor…so at this point, there are no minority investors [connected with the organization],” Foley said. “We have talked to the league about bringing in minority investors [but potential investors] haven’t really applied yet. I’d rather not mention names.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Turns out former NHL player turned Pittsburgh Penguins development coach Mark Recchi briefly owned a tiny stake in the Golden Knights. He had to divest it, however, to avoid being in a conflict of interest.
ASSOCIATED PRESS (VIA OTTAWA SUN): NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly disputed the notion this season’s condensed schedule is leading to a rise in injuries. NHLPA spokesman Jonathan Weatherdon said it was too early in the season to draws conclusions with respect to the number of injuries through this point in the season.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning will replace the cell phone of a Nashville Predators fan damaged by Lightning forward J.T. Brown.