NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 23, 2017
Game recaps, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Cam Atkinson scored twice, including the game-winning goal in overtime, and Alexander Wennberg collected three assists as the Columbus Blue Jackets edged the Ottawa Senators 7-6. Sens winger Zack Smith had a three-point performance (including two goals) and Mike Hoffman also scored twice for Ottawa.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This game was the latest in several recent NHL contests that were high-scoring throwbacks to the 1980s. Perhaps the compressed schedule has something to do with it.
Jonathan Toews scored and set up three others to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Matt Murray turned in a 44-save performance and Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists to carry the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-1 victory over the Boston Bruins. Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask left the game in the second period after suffering a migraine attack.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some might scoff at Rask leaving the game to a migraine, but anyone who’s ever suffered those attacks knows how debilitating they can be. For me, it feels like someone’s drilling through my skull and into my brain.
Filip Forsberg scored twice as the Nashville Predators doubled up the Minnesota Wild 4-2, giving Predators coach Peter Laviolette his 500th career NHL win.
J.T. Miller scored in overtime and Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves as the New York Rangers blanked the Detroit Red Wings 1-0. It was a costly game for both clubs. Red Wings left wing Thomas Vanek left the game in the first period with a groin injury, though he’s not expected to be sidelined long term. Rangers center Kevin Hayes suffered a lower-body injury. Earlier in the day, the Wings announced forward Drew Miller was placed on waivers.
Claude Giroux scored in overtime as the Philadelphia Flyers overcame a 2-0 deficit and snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson, injured during the Ducks’ game on Saturday against the Minnesota Wild, is expected to play in tonight’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk is no fan of the league’s enforced in-season switched to slimmer, contoured goalie pants.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The league should’ve waited to implement this in the offseason to allow the goaltenders times to adjust to the new pants.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators have opened contract talks with pending free agent forward Zack Smith.
TSN: William (Bill) Burke, father of Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke, passed away Friday at the age of 90.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to the Burke family.