NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 24, 2016

by | Nov 24, 2016 | News, NHL | 9 comments

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin celebrates one of his three goals against the St. Louis Blues.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin celebrates one of his three goals against the St. Louis Blues.

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. 


  1. Thank goodness Beaulieu is going to be Okay.Habs lost a player once by getting hit with the puck in the throat.
    Trent McCleary was a Habs RW when he blocked a shot, in the throat and almost died.The shot which fractured his larynx and resulted in a collapsed lung made McCleary unable to breathe. He could not talk for 6 weeks. So Beaulieu was very, very fortunate in this case.
    I wonder why players have no protection on the throat. Golaies do and I consider it one of the most important pieces of their eqiupment.My kid got hit once by a shot there and I credit the protector for saving her life. She was in pain for a few days and called it one of the scariest moments of her life, never mind her hockey career.

    • Excellent point. Protection of the jugular veins would be important as well as some players have suffered life-threatening injuries by skate cuts in that area.

  2. Crosby well on his way to winning the Richard this year and maybe even the Art Ross, he’s scoring at 1.33 points per game and has 14 goals in 14 games. Just another chapter in a storied hall of fame career. Mc David is a great player and improving daily but he’s not at Sids level yet. No one is. You can pretty much call it game over for MAF in Pittsburgh at this point: The Penguins are a different team when Murray is in net and his 6-1 record and .945 save pct are as elite as it gets. MAF is 6-4-3 with a very mediocre.907. Calgary, Dallas, Ottawa, Philly(not likely he goes there), LA, Arizona, Buffalo(Bylsma loves him), Carolina, Vancouver, all could use a serious upgrade in net and a change of scenery would do him wonders. Penguins have another speedy late round selection that looks like a bonifide NHL player in Jake Guentzel who scored goals on his first 2 shots in the NHL the other night and looks really good with Malkin and Kessel. Might be time to think about moving Eric Fehr and Chris Kunitz.
    Sheary Crosby Hornqvist
    Guentzel Malkin Kessel
    Haglen Bonino Rust
    Kuhnhackle Cullen Wilson
    Fastest wings in the NHL and all pretty much interchangeable. If they could get another top 4 dman, even if it means losing Dailey, with MAF and Kunitz then another cup this year is very possible.

    • It’s funny you didn’t say all this when the rangers dominated the pens the games before? Lol

    • I am not too worried about Fehr. He is the gritty, multi-tooled player who you need in the playoffs. He can take draws, hit, backcheck and play a reasonable defensive game while having the ability to bump up a line or two if needed due to injuries or fatigue. The $2m salary isn’t great but we could get worse for that.

    • LA doesn’t want or need MAF in any way, shape or form.

  3. The US playing poorly was the biggest single factor for US interest & there by additional profits. The 2nd biggest issue was it’s really the 1st time this event has been staged in this odd format. Yes we have had previous incarnations of this type of event but if you wish to grow it it needs time to evolve & needs continuity. Played regularly at a predetermined time.

    Eliminate team NA & let those stud kids that can play for Canada & or the US play for them where possible. Replace them with Switzerland. Until an 8th country is strong enough compete on the world stage keep team Europe. I don’t want to be deprived of seeing Kopitar play ever & it works for me. They played great.

    Having the best of the best play each other every 2 years in the WC & Olympics being offset by 2 years works for me. I loved this tournament. The quality of the play was exceptional. This was no all star game. It was fast, physical & skilled. It will grow, gain popularity, it’s revenue increase & help grow the game world wide. 40 million is reasonable for a 1st time staging with the US getting eliminated & playing poorly right from the get go.

    When I can watch Canada ice a 4th line of O’Reilly between Duchene & Thornton I’m all in. Ha-ha! All of my hockey friends from all my various fantasy leagues & draft pools watched this tournament avidly & all loved it. We all struggled with the format but in the end really enjoyed the quality of the product.

    • Sorry Striker but I disagree. Team NA was the most exciting team in the tourney and one of the reasons lots of people watched. While we both know team Canada will be fine until the young guns are older, team USA will just have to live with being patient. Besides there will be fluctuations in the young gun talent pool yearly. Team USA was doomed from the start this year as the type of player they chose was not the best for this tourney.IMO and many others team USA picked the wrong type of player to win this event.A subject that has been debated to death. Adding team Switzerland doesn’t cut it for the majority of people. How many people do you know that were excited about a team Canada and team NA possible showdown.

      I’m not a big fan of the tourney set up when it comes to game play, no real chance for USA so early hurt overall. I do like the idea of every two years to offset the Olympics.

  4. Too bad about Chara tonight in Ottawa since I know he loves coming back here to play. I wonder if he’ll be making his usual visit to Baton Rouge?