NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 28, 2016
Game recaps, notable injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Sergei Bobrovsky made 37 saves and Nick Foligno tallied the game-winning goal as the Columbus Blue Jackets extended their winning streak to 13 games by edging the Boston Bruins 4-3.
Jared Spurgeon scored in overtime to give the Minnesota Wild their 11th consecutive victory by beating the Nashville Predators 3-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen how long the respective streaks of the Jackets and Wild can last. The Jackets seemed to struggle against the Bruins last night.
Sidney Crosby netted his league-leading 25th goal and Evgeni Malkin picked up his 800th career point to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
Johnny Gaudreau and Mikael Backlund both scored two goals as the Calgary Flames doubled up the Colorado Avalanche 6-3. Gabe Landeskog also scored twice for the Avs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As the losses mount for the Avalanche, there’s growing expectation general manager Joe Sakic could start shaking things up in the coming weeks.
Derek Stepan and Nick Holden each scored twice and Ryan McDonagh collected three assists as the New York Rangers nipped the Ottawa Senators 4-3.
Andrew Ladd scored twice and Jaroslav Halak kicked out 31 shots to give the New York Islanders a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals.
Evander Kane potted two goals and Robin Lehner turned in a 40-save performance to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-3 victory against the Detroit Red Wings. Earlier in the day, the Sabres learned first-line center Ryan O’Reilly had an appendectomy on Christmas Day and will miss the next two-three weeks.
Brent Burns scored and set up another as the San Jose Sharks squeezed past the Anaheim Ducks 3-2.
Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves backstopping the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Earlier in the day, it was announced Jets forward Mark Scheifele will have a walk-on part with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker on Dec. 30. Meanwhile, Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa (upper-body injury) is expected to miss the next three games.
Jason Spezza scored and set up another to lead the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes.
The Vancouver Canucks announced winger Jannik Hansen (knee injury) will miss the next four-to-six weeks.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk is listed as week-to-week with a lower-body injury.
NBC SPORTS: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov (groin injury) will miss the next three games.