NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 15, 2017

by | Jan 15, 2017 | News, NHL | 7 comments

Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand scores one of his two goals in a five-point performance against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Game recaps, tracking the Avalanche’s downfall, criticism of the “loser point” & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand made his 500th career NHL game one to remember, scoring twice and setting up three others as he led his club to a 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. 

Three third-period goals in a 62-second span by Alexei Emelin, Max Pacioretty and Paul Byron helped the Montreal Canadiens down the New York Rangers 5-4. Canadiens winger Andrew Shaw laid out Rangers forward Jesper Fast with a blindside hit that could be reviewed by the league. 

Goaltender Curtis McElhinney turned in a 35-save debut performance with the Toronto Maple Leafs, backstopping them to a 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. The Leafs recently claimed McElhinney off waivers from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Nazem Kadri scored twice for the Leafs. 

Jared Coreau made 28 saves and Gustav Nyquist collected three points as the Detroit Red Wings snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3, handing the latter their third loss in a row. Penguins defenseman Kris Letang left the game with an apparent left leg injury. Word on his condition could be released later today. 

Brock McGinn had a four-point night and teammates Elias Lindholm, Lee Stempniak and Jordan Staal all had three-point performances as the Carolina Hurricanes crushed the New York Islanders 7-1. The Isles were playing without defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who sat out the game with an upper-body injury

James Reimer kicked out 30 shots and Vincent Trochek tallied a goal and an assist to give the Florida Panthers a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. After winning 16 straight games, the Jackets have dropped four of their last six. 

The Minnesota Wild blew a 4-0 lead against the Dallas Star but Jason Zucker’s third-period goal gave them a 5-4 win. John Klingberg had a three-point performance in a losing cause for the Stars. 

Leon Draisaitl and Mark Letestu scored in the shootout and Cam Talbot got his career-high 22nd win as the Edmonton Oilers nipped the Calgary Flames 2-1. 

Backup goaltender Carter Hutton turned aside 23 shots for his fifth career NHL shutout as the St. Louis Blues blanked the San Jose Sharks 4-0. Sharks center Joe Thornton was ejected midway through the second period for spearing Blues center Paul Stastny. 

Jeff Carter’s overtime goal lifted the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Dustin Brown’s third-period goal tied the game and set the stage for Carter’s OT heroics. The Kings are 9-1 in overtime games this season. 

One day after winger Cody McLeod was traded by the Colorado Avalanche to the Nashville Predators, he scored a goal against his former club and fought former teammate Jarome Iginla as the Predators edged the Avs 3-2. Avs winger Rene Bourque was ejected from the game for hitting Preds forward Viktor Arvidsson from behind into the boards.

Jonathan Bernier turned in a 26-save effort as the Anaheim Ducks blanked the Arizona Coyotes 3-0. 

THE DENVER POST: Trading away center Ryan O’Reilly and signing Jarome Iginla, Brad Stuart and Francois Beauchemin were among the management mistakes that led to the downfall of the Colorado Avalanche. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Joe Sakic, the Avs current GM, had a hand in many of those bad decisions. It’ll be interesting to see if he’s given the opportunity to fix this mess. 

THE BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont calls upon the NHL to do away with the “loser point” for teams that lose in overtime or the shootout. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree with Dupont, and I know I’m not the only one who doesn’t like it. What’s so difficult about awarding two points to the winning team and none to the loser? I’ve never understood the current setup. But like the stupid delay of game penalty that punishes a player for inadvertently shooting the puck over the glass, the NHL continues to turn a deaf ear to calls for changing the points system. 


  1. On the points system, I still prefer a 3-2-1-0 system. Failing that, however, I’m with Spector (and thousands of others) in going with a 2-0 system. This 2-0-and periodically 1-system is ridiculous. How can some games be worth more than others?

    I do, however, disagree with Spector on the delay-of-game penalty. It’s a game of skilled professionals, how hard is it to not hit it over the glass? If we get into ‘inadvertent’ or not, that’s rather a rather unfair decision to demand that the referees make on the spot. I’m in favor of the current setup. It’s black or white.

    • If the point system is to be changed, why not be completely innovative and go with a 5 point system where a regulation win nets 5 points, an overtime win 4 points, a shootout win 3 points, a shootout loss 2 points, an overtime loss 1 point and no points for losing in regulation.

      It might add excitement to a tie game late in the third period as teams may try and go for the gusto of 5 points, instead of waiting for the inevitable overtime period where each team gains a point and then try for a second one after regulation time. This would be especially true late in the season as playoffs hopes would depend on regulation victories.

      Ah, but what about the hallowed records in the record book for points in a season. Easy, just use point percentages. So an 82 game season has 410 available points. Compare it to the Habs record in 1977 of 60-8-12, an .825 percentage. Beating that requires 339 points out of 410.

      It’s not going to happen, however, it would be the most radical change that the NHL could make, and it would change the way that players, coaches, fans and media cover the game and their analysis.

  2. Jan 15th only 2 teams appear to be out of the playoffs. That`s why the NHL uses this type of points system. It gives the illusion that, the fans of teams like Det, Winn, Buff, etc., still have a chance of making the playoffs. Therefore the fans will still go out and buy tickets to said games, thinking the games still have some importance.

  3. I couldn’t believe that, coming off a concussion himself, Andrew Shaw would do what he did. That was a ridiculous play that had nothing to do with the game. Can you imagine if it had been the other way around? Shaw should be suspended.

  4. It’s not a loser point for losing in overtime; it’s the traditional point awarded for a regulation tie. It’s the other point–the bonus point for winning in overtime or a shootout–that should be eliminated, along with regular season overtime periods and shootouts.

    • I agree with you there, getting rid of the overtime, especially the shootouts.

    • Right on! A team deserves a point for battling the other team to a draw over 60 minutes. Let the teams play a five minute overtime for the extra point. If it’s still a tie, so be it. Give each team a point. Eliminate the stupid shootout!