NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 11, 2016
Game recaps, player safety hearings update & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHLcom: Max Pacioretty scored four goals as the Montreal Canadiens buried the Colorado Avalanche 10-1, spoiling the return of Avs captain Gabe Landeskog from injury and Jarome Iginla’s 1,500th career NHL game. The game was over in the first period when the Habs jumped to a 6-0 lead.
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each scored twice to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Jonathan Drouin also scored two goals in a losing cause. Crosby had left the game with an apparent head injury but returned in the second and showed no ill effects.
Brayden Schenn tallied a hat trick as the Philadelphia Flyers doubled up the Dallas Stars 4-2, giving the Flyers their eighth straight win. Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak faces a disciplinary hearing for an illegal hit to the head of the Flyers’ Chris VandeVelde.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers hold the top wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference, but they’re only two points out of first place in the tight Metropolitan Division.
Dougie Hamilton scored twice and set up another as the Calgary Flames scorched the Winnipeg Jets 6-2. Mikael Backlund and Matt Tkachuk also had three-point performances and Johnny Gaudreau collected two assists.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After stumbling through the opening month of the season, the Flames are now red hot. They’ve won six in a row and eight of their last 10, climbing into first place in the Pacific Division.
Cam Atkinson, Seth Jones and Jack Johnson each collected a goal and an assist as the Columbus Blue Jackets thumped the New York Islanders 6-2. It was the Jackets’ sixth consecutive victory.
Trevor Lewis had a goal and an assist as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-1. Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki faces a disciplinary hearing for boarding Kings forward Tyler Toffoli.
Aleksander Barkov tallied a goal and an assist as the Florida Panthers held on to a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
Patrick Marleau scored 12 seconds into the game and Paul Martin netted his first of the season as the San Jose Sharks edged the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3.
Frederik Andersen made 32 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs downed the Boston Bruins 4-1.
Rookies Brendan Perlini and Lauren Dauphin scored to give the Arizona Coyotes a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators. Earlier in the day, the Coyotes placed winger Max Domi (upper-body injury, week-to-week) on injured reserve.
SPORTSNET’s Chris Johnston reports the New York Rangers placed center Josh Jooris on waivers.
NHL.COM: Bill Dineen, former NHL player and coach, member of the AHL Hall of Fame and father of former NHL players Gord, Peter and Kevin Dineen, passed away Saturday at age 84. Dineen won two Stanley Cups as a player with the Detroit Red Wings in 1954 and 1955. He also won two Avco Cup titles coaching the WHA’s Houston Aeros and guided the AHL’s Adirondack Red Wings to two Calder Cup championships. He was coach of the Philadelphia Flyers from 1991 to 1993.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to the Dineen family.