NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 13, 2017
Game recaps, injury news, latest on Martin St. Louis & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Leon Draisaitl had a three-point performance, scoring the winning goal in overtime to give the Edmonton Oilers a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. Former Oiler Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist in his first game in Edmonton since he was traded to New Jersey last June.
Nino Niederreiter scored twice and Eric Staal collected three points as the Minnesota Wild crushed the Montreal Canadiens 7-1. Habs goalie Carey Price gave up those seven goals on 24 shots but refused to be pulled from the game. “I’d rather just stick it out,” said Price. “Nobody else has the opportunity to get pulled from a game.”
Jake Muzzin and Tanner Pearson each scored twice to give the Los Angeles Kings a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. It marked the third time in five starts that Blues goaltender Jake Allen was pulled from a game. He’s now won only three of his last 11 starts.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Allen’s slump is worth keeping an eye on. If he doesn’t snap out of his funk soon, the Blues could be in the market for a goalie.
Mike Condon kicked out 29 shots and Erik Karlsson had two assists as the Ottawa Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1. It’s the first time this season the Pens lost back-to-back games in regulation.
Juuse Saros made 35 saves and Filip Forsberg netted the game-winner as the Nashville Predators edged the Boston Bruins 2-1. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask left the game in the first period after taking a shot to the neck, while Predators defenseman Roman Josi was sidelined with an upper-body injury from a hit by Bruins defenseman Anton Blidh.
A third-period goaltending change helped the Philadelphia Flyers overcome a 4-3 deficit in a 5-4 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks. Michael Neuvirth relieved Steve Mason and made 14 saves while Claude Giroux tallied the only goal in the shootout. Markus Granlund scored twice for the Canucks.
In his first game since Dec. 20, goaltender Ben Bishop made 24 saves to carry the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
John Gibson made 33 saves and Rikard Rakell had two points as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-1. The Ducks have now won four of their last five games.
Antti Niemi turned in a 31-save performance backstopping the Dallas Stars to a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Earlier in the day, the Stars revealed defenseman Jamie Oleksiak will be sidelined two weeks with a hand injury.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Former Tampa Bay Lightning star Martin St. Louis hasn’t attended an NHL game since his retirement in 2015. That’s because he’s been busy coaching the Mid Fairfield Junior Rangers of Connecticut. The Lightning will retire St. Louis’ number 26 tonight in a ceremony before their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes and Make-A-Wish made young Chase Bass’ wish come true. The seven-year-old met several team members, played a street hockey game with Jeff Skinner, Cam Ward, Jordan Staal and several others, then signed a one-day “contract” with the club. Bass suffers from a rare form of white blood cell cancer.