NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 1, 2017

by | Jan 1, 2017 | News, NHL

The Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate their 15th consecutive victory.

Game recaps, injury updates and alumni game results in your NHL morning coffee headlines

NHL.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets extended their winning streak to 15 games while ending the Minnesota’s Wild’s 12-game streak with a 4-2 victory. Cam Atkinson scored twice and Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win matches the second-longest streak in NHL history and puts the Jackets only two games away from tying the record of 17, set by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Chris Kreider tallied a hat trick and Henrik Lundqvist moved past Dominik Hasek for most career NHL wins by a European-born goaltender as the New York Rangers defeated the Colorado Avalanche 6-2. Lundqvist picked up his 390th victory. J.T. Miller also scored twice for the Rangers. 

Conor Sheary’s game-tying goal late in the third period set the stage for Evgeni Malkin’s overtime tally as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Montreal Canadiens 4-3. Malkin has 43 points on the season, tying him with Edmonton’s Connor McDavid for the league’s points lead. 

Jaromir Jagr netted his 756th career NHL goal and James Reimer kicked out 35 shots in the Florida Panthers 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars. 

Jeff Carter’s 20th goal of the season was also the game winner as the Los Angeles Kings squeaked past the San Jose Sharks 3-2. Earlier in the day, the Sharks announced defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic is listed as day-to-day after being struck in the face by a puck during the Sharks’ recent game against the Philadelphia Flyers. 

Jacob Markstrom made 42 saves and Bo Horvat netted the only goal in the shootout to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Connor McDavid tallied the game-tying goal that forced overtime and the shootout. 

Tuukka Rask’s 26-save performance backstopped the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the struggling Buffalo Sabres to sweep their season series. Sabres center Johan Larsson suffered a suspected dislocated left wrist and could be out for weeks, while defenseman Josh Gorges suffered a hip pointer.  Earlier in the day, the Bruins announced winger David Backes (concussion) will be sidelined indefinitely. 

The Washington Capitals killed off nine penalties, including four in the first period, on route to a 6-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. The win, however, was overshadowed by Capitals’ forward Tom Wilson hitting Devils defenseman John Moore from behind, resulting in the latter leaving the game on a stretcher. Moore was released from hospital but has been placed on injured reserve with a concussion. There was no penalty called on the play. 

John Tavares and Ryan Strome each netted a goal and an assist to lead the New York Islanders to a 6-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Earlier in the day, Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak cleared waivers and was sent to their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport. Meanwhile, Jets forward Marko Dano is out for up to eight weeks with a lower-body injury suffered during a recent loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

First-period goals by Michael Frolik, Dennis Wideman, Lance Bouwma and Mikael Backlund carried the Calgary Flames to a 4-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes. 

Nikita Kucherov collected two assists and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 26 saves as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1. An illness to Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack saw equipment manager Jorge Alves pressed into service as a backup. With the game out of reach in the final seven seconds, Carolina coach Bill Peters put Alves in the net, allowing him to fulfill his dream of playing an NHL game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And that’s a nice way to end 2016. Meanwhile, in other news…

The Detroit Red Wings edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in Saturday’s Centennial Classic alumni game at Toronto’s BMO Field, but the highlight was a dazzling first-period glove save by Leafs goalie Mike Palmateer. Unfortunately for the 62-year-old Palmateer, he wrenched his back and had to leave the game. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That was exactly the type of acrobatic save Palmateer used to make in the 1970s that made him a fan favorite. 

Pierre Turgeon scored twice, including the game winner, as the St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 8-7 in the Winter Classic alumni game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Former Blues star Keith Tkachuk wore a Pavol Demitra jersey in honor of his late teammate, who perished in the 2011 plane crash that killed the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A nice touch by Tkachuk to remember Demitra, who sits fifth on the Blues all-time points list with 493. 

SPORTSNET’s Elliotte Friedman last night reported Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban will meet with team doctors to discuss treatment for a suspected herniated disc. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Subban requires surgery, his season will be over.