NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 6, 2016
Game recaps, stars of the week, injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Bryan Rust netted his first career NHL hat trick as the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a 4-2 deficit and a goalie change (Matt Murray in for a struggling Marc-Andre Fleury) to defeat the Ottawa Senators 8-5.
Sidney Crosby scored his league-leading 17th goal while Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel each tallied a goal and two assists for the Penguins. Senators winger Mark Stone also had a goal and two assists, while Sens goalie Craig Anderson face 43 shots.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not exactly a defensive battle in this one as the Penguins and Senators gave us an entertaining flashback to ’80s style hockey.
Sam Gagner’s two-goal, two-assist performance carried the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gagner’s already exceeded last season’s career-low 16-point effort, with 10 goals and 17 points in 23 games. He’s on pace for a 60-point performance, which would be a career high. While it remains to be seen if he’ll hit that total, there’s no question he’s rejuvenated his career with the Blue Jackets.
Marcus Johansson scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the Washington Capitals edged the Buffalo Sabres 3-2. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin took his team-leading 11th minor penalty of the season, which didn’t sit well with head coach Barry Trotz.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After being among the league’s dominant teams last season and considered among this season’s favorites to win the Stanley Cup, the Capitals have struggled through the opening quarter of this schedule. Ovechkin’s undisciplined play appears to reflect those difficulties.
David Pastrnak’s overtime goal lifted the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers.
Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason, St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko and San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending December 4.
Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk is sidelined indefinitely with a leg injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s going to hurt the Canadiens offense. He’s their leading scorer this season.
CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins winger Matt Beleskey will miss six weeks with a right-knee injury.
PHILLY.COM: An upper-body injury will sidelined Philadelphia Flyers winger Matt Read for four weeks.
TSN: The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed goaltender Jhonas Enroth on waivers, prompting speculation he could be replaced by free-agent netminder Karri Ramo.
THE DENVER POST: The cause of death of former Colorado Avalanche forward Marek Svatos on Nov. 5 was revealed to be a drug overdose. The coroner’s report revealed he had “codeine, morphine and an anti-anxiety medication in his system” when he died. Svatos “had a history of heroin use and had gone through drug rehabilitation, according to the coroner’s report. He also had suspected depression, prior suicidal ideation, and “recent life stressors.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A tragic end. It’s a shame Svatos was unable to find the help he needed to cope with his illness. Once again, my condolences to his family and friends.