NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 5, 2016
Game recaps and injury updates in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Max Pacioretty scored twice and set up another, Alexander Radulov had a goal and two assists and Paul Byron scored the winner in a shootout as the Montreal Canadiens squeaked past the Los Angeles Kings 5-4. Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty each had a goal and an assist for the Kings. The Habs could be without center Alex Galchenyuk for Tuesday’s game against St. Louis, as he left this game with an apparent leg injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Galchenyuk’s out for a lengthy period it’ll be a serious blow to the Canadiens. He’s their leading scorer and top-line center.
Mikko Koivu netted his fifth career overtime goal as the Minnesota Wild edged the Edmonton Oilers 2-1. The Oilers played part of the game without center Connor McDavid, who briefly left at the behest of a league concussion spotter after his face struck the ice. McDavid suffered no ill-effects and was allowed to return in the third period.
Wayne Simmonds scored two power-play goals as the Philadelphia Flyers doubled up the Nashville Predators 4-2, giving the Flyers their fifth straight victory.
Johnny Gaudreau scored in his first shift of his first game back from finger surgery as the Calgary Flames hammered the Anaheim Ducks 8-3. Sam Bennett, Matt Stajan and Alex Chiasson each had a goal and two assists for the Flames, while Ryan Kesler scored twice for the Ducks, who played without winger Rikard Rakell (upper-body injury).
Andrew Copp tallied the game winner to give the Winnipeg Jets a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Both clubs were playing without their top centers, as the Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews and the Jets’ Mark Scheifele were sidelined by injuries.
Danny DeKeyser’s overtime goal gave the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders. Mike Green also scored twice and Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assists for the Wings.
Phillip Di Guiseppe’s overtime goal, his first tally of the season, lifted the Carolina Hurricanes to a 1-0 win over the struggling Tampa Bay Lightning. Cam Ward made 30 saves for the shutout.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres will welcome back defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (back injury) later this week, but blueliner Josh Gorges will miss weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his foot.