NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 12, 2016

by | Dec 12, 2016 | News, NHL | 9 comments

Philadelphia Flyers celebrate their ninth straight victory.

Philadelphia Flyers celebrate their ninth straight victory.

Game recaps, latest suspensions and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Brayden Schenn scored in overtime while rookie goalie Anthony Stolarz got his first career NHL shutout to carry the Philadelphia Flyers to a ninth straight win by edging the Detroit Red Wings 1-0. The Flyers got the win with the services of defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who’s day-to-day with an injured right hand. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win moves the Flyers to within two points of the New York Rangers for top spot in the Metropolitan Division. 

Semyon Varlamov made 51 saves as the Colorado Avalanche bounced back from a 10-1 drubbing at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1. 

Alexander Ovechkin scored a goal and set up another while Braden Holtby turned in a 20-save shutout performance as the Washington Capitals blanked the Vancouver Canucks 3-0. 

Mark Letestu scored twice, including one accidentally scored by Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine into his own net, as the Edmonton Oilers nipped the Jets 3-2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That own goal by Laine sums up the Jets’  difficulties through a recent punishing stretch in their schedule. They’ve played seven games in 11 nights, losing five of them. 

Antoine Vermette and Corey Perry each tallied a goal and an assist to power the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-1 thumping of the Ottawa Senators. Earlier in the day, the Sens learned defenseman Matt Borowiecki received a two-game suspension for boarding Los Angeles Kings forward Tyler Toffoli. 

Devan Dubnyk made 22 saves as the Minnesota Wild collected their fourth straight victory by beating the St. Louis Blues 3-1. 

Antti Raanta turned aside 19 shots for his second straight shutout backstopping the New York Rangers to a 5-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Rangers forwards Chris Kreider and Brandon Pirri each had a goal and an assist. 

Scott Darling kicked out 24 shots as the Chicago Blackhawks overcame an early 1-0 deficit to defeat the Dallas Stars 3-1. The Stars were playing without defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, who received a two-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head of Philadelphia Flyers’ Chris VandeVelde. 

 ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes left wing Max Domi will require surgery on his injured hand that could sideline him up to six weeks. The Coyotes also claimed forward Josh Jooris off waivers from the New York Rangers. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Domi’s absence could be the final nail in the Coyotes hopes of rallying back into playoff contention this season. 


  1. For a team with such bad starting goaltending Varlamov sure put on a show last night.

    • But enough about that, lets talk about the leafs backup goaltender..

      • Can if you want, Arnie. Just like the crew did during the game. lol

      • Bibeau did OK, no chance on the first one. The second well, power play or not, they let walk right through. Stayed square had better rebound control than Andersen usually has. I definitely think he earned another game or two look see

    • Not very many high quality chances tho

    • Ya he was great. That was a fun game to watch

  2. & that’s why players like Domi shouldn’t be fighting players like Hathaway. What a waste of time.

  3. The Jooris move completes the hattrick of moving players the signed in the offseason they didn’t really want or need ( Gerbe, Mcilrath, Jooris). Clendening up next?

  4. I loved seeing Wheeler trying to pick up Laine’s spirits after he scored the game winner for Edmonton.