NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 5, 2017
Game recaps, waiver news, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Patrik Laine scored a goal and set up another as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Florida Panthers 4-1, giving the young Jet sole possession of the NHL rookie goal and points lead and tying him with Mark Scheifele for the Jets’ scoring lead. Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr collected his 1,136th career NHL assist, moving into fifth place on the all-time leader list.
Max Pacioretty scored twice, including his second straight overtime goal and Al Montoya made 39 saves as the Montreal Canadiens edged the Dallas Stars 4-3. It was a costly victory for the Habs, as Paul Byron (possible concussion) and Brendan Gallagher were sidelined by injuries. Gallagher will see team doctors after reinjuring his surgically repaired left hand. The Stars, meanwhile, were without the services of Jamie Benn, who was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.
Henrik Lundqvist turned in a 30-save performance while Kevin Hayes and Michael Grabner each scored twice to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Jakub Voracek also scored twice for the Flyers.
Ryan Miller had a 22-save shutout as the Vancouver Canucks blanked the Arizona Coyotes 3-0, giving the Canucks their fifth straight victory. Earlier in the day, the Canucks claimed forward Reid Boucher off waivers from the New Jersey Devils, who had only claimed Boucher from the Nashville Predators just two days ago.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Written off as a playoff contender a month ago, the Canucks have surged to within one point of a wild-card berth in the Western Conference. That explains why all the Canucks trade chatter has died down.
John Gibson turned aside 23 shots to backstop the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The Ducks played without captain Ryan Getzlaf (lower body injury), who is on injured reserve.
Mikael Backlund scored for the fifth straight game as the Calgary Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Boston Bruins Hall of Famer Milt Schmidt passed away yesterday at age 98. Schmidt led the Bruins to two Stanley Cups during a playing career that was shortened by World War II, then went on to build the “Big Bad Bruins” powerhouse of the 1970s as the club’s general manager.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Schmidt’s family and friends. He was a fine player in his day, a gentleman and one of the greatest players in Bruins’ history.
OTTAWA SUN: Good news for Nicholle Anderson, wife of Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, in her battle with cancer. Recent tests reveal her primary tumor has dramatically shrunk.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly (appendectomy) could return to action tonight.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals winger T.J. Oshie uses an electrical current machine to help him stay in top physical shape.
The Bruins yesterday placed goaltender Anton Khudobin on waivers.
THE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks placed winger Matt Nieto on waivers.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes claimed forward Ty Rattie off waivers from the St. Louis Blues.