NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 4, 2016

by | Dec 4, 2016 | News, NHL | 5 comments

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel celebrates one of his two goals against the Detroit Red Wings.

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel celebrates one of his two goals against the Detroit Red Wings.

Game recaps plus notable injury and waiver updates in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Phil Kessel scored twice as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied with four third-period goals to defeat the Detroit Red Wings 5-3. 

Patrik Laine scored his 16th of the season and set up Bryan Little’s winner in overtime as the Winnipeg Jets nipped the St. Louis Blues 3-2. 

Leon Draisaitl scored in overtime and Jordan Eberle collected three assists as the Edmonton Oilers edged the Anaheim Ducks 3-2. Earlier in the day, the Oilers announced defenseman Darnell Nurse is sidelined indefinitely with a lower-body injury. 

Ivan Provorov scored two second-period goals only 30 seconds apart to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Hawks were playing without goalie Corey Crawford, who is sidelined two-three weeks following an appendectomy. 

Tuukka Rask kicked out 35 shots as the Boston Bruins held on for a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Bruins forward Matt Beleskey left the game with a lower-body injury. 

Mike Cammalleri scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the New Jersey Devils overcame a three-goal deficit to beat the Nashville Predators 5-4. Earlier in the day, the Predators claimed forward Reid Boucher off waivers from the Devils. 

Chris Kreider scored twice in the third period as the New York Rangers doubled up the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2. 

Brian Boyle scored in a shootout and Ben Bishop made 31 saves as the Tampa Bay Lightning snapped a four-game losing skid with a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals. 

Kari Lehtonen got his first shutout of the season as he backstopped the Dallas Stars to a 3-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche. While the Avs learned earlier in the day that sidelined captain Gabe Landeskog (lower-body injury) could soon return to the lineup, defenseman Erik Johnson suffered a broken fibula against the Stars and is sidelined for six weeks. Meanwhile, the Stars announced they’ve placed winger Patrick Sharp (concussion) on injured reserve

The Vancouver Canucks blew a 2-0 lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs, but Ryan Miller made 38 saves while Markus Granlund and Bo Horvat scored in the shootout as the Canucks prevailed 3-2. 

Arizona Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith made a franchise-record 58 saves but he couldn’t prevent his club from dropping a 3-2 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

Mike Condon turned in a 24-save shutout performance as the Ottawa Senators blanked the Florida Panthers 2-0. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators winger Clarke MacArthur, currently sidelined by a concussion, remains hopeful of returning to action by early-January. 

SPORTSNET’s Elliotte Friedman reports the Los Angeles Kings placed winger Teddy Purcell on waivers. 

LAS VEGAS JOURNAL-REVIEW: Could the Vegas Golden Knights pursue former Florida Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant to be their bench boss? 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the Knights’ front office isn’t saying anything, I wouldn’t be surprised if GM George McPhee contacted Gallant to gauge his interest. 


  1. Lyle, are you really saying above that you doubt McPhee would contact Gallant? That’s the way it reads anyway.

    • Ahh – I kinda figured you meant “wouldn’t” as Gallant would be a perfect choice to help mold an expansion team.

      • Talking to yourself again George, a little early for that isn`t it. Personally I try to refrain before lunch, after that anything goes.

      • LOL. Find myself doing that more often lately. But in my defense, had I left the first comment by itself where he had written “I would be surprised if GM George McPhee …” someone sure as hell would have said I had trouble reading after Lyle corrected it.

      • I don`t mind talking to myself George, it`s just that lately I don`t like some of the answers I`m getting back.