NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 30, 2016
Game recaps, Senators retire Daniel Alfredsson’s number & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.com: Anthony Mantha’s overtime goal gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. Before the game, the Senators honored former captain Daniel Alfredsson by retiring his number 11.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Alfredsson was truly the greatest player in the Senators’ modern history. He spent 17 of his 18 NHL seasons with Ottawa, 13 as their captain. He holds the franchise records for goals (426), assists (682) and points (1,108), won the 1996 Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year and led the Sens to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007. In my opinion, he’s a future Hall of Famer.
The Columbus Blue Jackets extended their winning streak to 14 games by downing the Winnipeg Jets 5-3. Alexander Wennberg scored twice and Nick Foligno netted a goal and two assists for the Jackets.
Mikael Granlund, Mikko Koivu and Ryan Suter had two-point performances leading the Minnesota Wild to a 6-4 win over the New York Islanders. Brock Nelson tallied twice for the Isles. The Wild have now won 12 straight games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This sets the stage for the Jackets’ game against the Wild In Minnesota on New Year’s Eve. One of these clubs will see their winning streak come to an end.
Matt Puempel got his first career NHL hat trick and Kevin Hayes picked up three assists as the New York Rangers beat the Arizona Coyotes 6-3.
Ryan Spooner scored twice and David Krejci tallied a goal and an assist as the Boston Bruins doubled up the Buffalo Sabres 4-2. Bruins forward David Backes was knocked out of the game by a blindside hit from Sabres center William Carrier, who could face a suspension as a result.
Tyler Seguin netted two goals to lead the Dallas Stars to a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was forced from the game following a collision with Jarome Iginla but coach Lindy Ruff said he suffered no ill effects from the incident.
Patrick Kane scored and set up another and Corey Crawford turned aside 36 shots to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators. Ryan Johansen set up both of the Predators’ goals.
Antoine Vermette and Ryan Kesler each collected two points as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Calgary Flames 3-1.
Jordan Eberle netted two assists in the Edmonton Oilers’ 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings
Brendan Gallagher’s game-tying goal set the stage for Phillip Danault’s overtime winner as the Montreal Canadiens rallied to edge the Florida Panthers 3-2. It was reported Panthers center Aleksander Barkov will miss two-three weeks with an undisclosed injury.
Auston Matthews netted a goal and an assist while Nazem Kadri tallied the winner in overtime to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning also learned forward Brayden Point (upper-body injury) will be sidelined four-to-six weeks.
Shootout goals from Mike Cammalleri and Jacob Josefson plus a 43-save effort by Kevin Kinkaid helped the New Jersey Devils squeak past the Washington Capitals 2-1.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is listed as week-to-week with a lower-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could put an end, for a while at least, to the trade rumors dogging Pens veteran goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. A solid performance by Fleury, however, could boost his trade value once Murray returns.
NHL.COM: The St. Louis Blues re-signed defenseman Robert Bortuzzo to a two-year, $2.3-million contract extension.
TORONTO SUN: Hundreds of seats remain available for this Sunday’s Centennial Classic at BMO Field between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.