NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 3, 2017
Blues win 2017 Winter Classic, three stars of the week & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.com: Two third-period goals by Vladimir Tarasenko carried the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory in the 2017 Winter Classic before over 46,000 fans at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium. Alexander Steen also tallied a goal and an assist for the Blues.
Corey Schneider turned in a 22-save shutout performance backstopping the New Jersey Devils to a 3-0 win over the Boston Bruins. Taylor Hall scored one goal and set up another for the Devils.
Sven Baertschi scored twice (including the game winner) and goaltender Ryan Miller got his 350th career victory as the Vancouver Canucks edged the hapless Colorado Avalanche 3-2. The Avs have only one win in their last 10 games.
Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, New York Rangers winger Chris Kreider and Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending January 1, 2017.
TSN: The Montreal Canadiens re-signed backup goaltender Al Montoya to a two-year, $2.125 million contract extension.
ARIZONA SPORTS: The Arizona Coyotes claimed forward Alexander Burmistrov off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A former first-round pick of the Jets, Burmistrov’s struggled through five NHL seasons. Perhaps a change of scenery will help him reach his potential. Otherwise, this season could be his last in the NHL. He’s a restricted free agent in July.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils claimed forward Reid Boucher off waivers from the Nashville Predators.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres center Johan Larsson’s season is over after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated wrist and elbow.
THE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks recalled defenseman Mirco Mueller.