NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 25, 2016

by | Nov 25, 2016 | News, NHL

Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty celebrates his game-winning goal against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty celebrates his game-winning goal against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Game recaps, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Max Pacioretty scored the game winner to give the Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, snapping the latter’s five-game winning streak. Habs goalie Carey Price made 31 saves to improve his record to 12-1-1. 

Third-period goals by Chris Wideman and Kyle Turris lifted the Ottawa Senators to a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins, who were playing without captain Zdeno Chara (lower-body injury). Sens forward Ryan Dzingel required repairs to his left ear after being struck by a deflected shot from teammate Erik Karlsson, but he returned to the game. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He’s questionable for tonight’s game against the Anaheim Ducks. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom has returned to Sweden to attend to a family matter. 

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars forward Patrick Sharp is grateful for the NHL’s new concussion protocol that forces players to rest and recuperate. Teammate Patrick Eaves also praised the new system. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In the past, players would often rush back to action before they fully recovered or would attempt to hide their concussion symptoms in order to keep playing. Thanks to the new protocol, the players are now being forced to take time to properly evaluate their injury and to recuperate. So far, it appears to be working. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets rookie Zach Werenski is starting to feel the effects of an NHL season. He looked sluggish in a recent game. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’s not the only one. Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine and Toronto’s Auston Matthews also had their share of struggles following a strong start to their rookie campaigns. Part of it is the pace of the NHL game, but I also think this season’s compressed schedule is having an effect. 

TSN.CA: The Vancouver Canucks re-signed defenseman Ben Hutton to a two-year, $5.6 million extension. The new deal is worth $2.8 million per season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A sensible bridge deal for young Hutton, who could have top-pairing potential for the Canucks. 

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Manon Rheaume is being hailed as a pioneer for women’s hockey. Nov. 26 will mark the 25th anniversary when she played for the Trois-Rivieres Draveurs in a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game, becoming the first woman to suit up for a men’s junior hockey game. She went on to play in the IHL and in  two NHL exhibition games with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992 and 1993.