NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 6, 2017
Game recaps, including the end of the Blue Jackets’ win streak and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets’ 16-game win streak ended with a thud, falling 5-0 to the Washington Capitals. Evgeny Kuznetsov, John Carlson, and Nate Schmidt each collected two points, and goaltender Braden Holtby made 25 saves for his fourth shutout of the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jackets came within one game of tying the NHL record of 17 consecutive victories. Even though they fell short by one game, their 16-game run was still very impressive. Barring a stunning second-half collapse, the points they collected during that streak should ensure them of a playoff berth in April.
Earlier in the day, Kuznetsov was fined $2,000.00 by the league for diving/embellishment.
Patrick Maroon tallied a hat trick and Cam Talbot made 33 saves as the Edmonton Oilers squeaked past the Boston Bruins 4-3.
Colton Sissons also had a hat trick to power the Nashville Predators to a 6-1 beatdown of the Tampa Bay Lightning, giving the Predators their fourth straight road win.
Mikko Koivu and Eric Staal each scored twice as the Minnesota Wild overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the San Jose Sharks 5-4. Koivu scored the game-tying and game-winning goals. Earlier in the day, a source revealed Sharks winger Tomas Hertl (knee injury) won’t return to action until mid-to-late February.
Artem Anisimov scored twice and Patrick Kane potted the winner in overtime to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Ryan O’Reilly, returning to the Sabres after being hospitalized last month for an emergency appendectomy, collected two assists.
Tomas Vanek scored twice and rookie goaltender Jared Coreau made 33 saves for his first NHL shutout to give the Detroit Red Wings a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
Jeff Skinner scored the winning goal as the Carolina Hurricanes overcame a 2-1 deficit to beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2. The Hurricanes were also bolstered by the return of top defenseman Justin Faulk, who was activated Thursday from injured reserve.
LA PRESSE: The banged-up Montreal Canadiens received some good news on Thursday, as top center Alex Galchenyuk (knee injury) and veteran defenseman Andrei Markov (lower-body injury)have rejoined the club.
THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche claimed forward Matt Nieto off waivers from the San Jose Sharks.
OTTAWA SUN: Rene Fasel, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation, expects a decision regarding NHL participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics by the end of January.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fasel and NHL Players Association director Donald Fehr remain optimistic of NHL participation. League commissioner Gary Bettman, however, remains pessimistic.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Tucson Roadrunners’ captain and former NHLer Craig Cunningham had part of his left leg amputated on Christmas eve. Cunningham had collapsed due to a heart condition prior to an AHL game in late-November and was in a coma for some time. The procedure which ultimately saved his life adversely affected circulation in his left leg.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cunningham’s playing career is over, but at least his life was saved. Hopefully, he’ll be able to continue in hockey in some capacity, perhaps as a coach or scout or in a front-office role.