NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 8, 2017

by | Jan 8, 2017 | News, NHL | 8 comments

Winnipeg Jets rookie Patrik Laine (right) is rocked by Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe.

Game recaps, Patrik Laine and T.J. Oshie sidelined & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Buffalo Sabres rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3, but their victory was overshadowed by Jets rookie star Patrik Laine being knocked out of the game by a clean open-ice hit from Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets are expected to provide an update later today on Laine’s condition, but he may have suffered a concussion. Jets coach Paul Maurice said he had no issue with the hit. This could be a significant setback for the Jets if Laine, their leading scorer, is sidelined for a lengthy period of time. 

Michael Grabner netted the game-winner late in the third period as the New York Rangers overcame a 4-1 deficit to edge the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4, handing the latter their second straight loss following their 16-game winning streak. Grabner and teammate Adam Clendening each scored twice for the Blueshirts. 

Playing with seven regulars out of the lineup didn’t prevent the Montreal Canadiens from beating the Toronto Maples for the 13th straight time, downing the Leafs 5-3. It was the 400th career NHL victory for Habs coach Michel Therrien. Alex Radulov, Shea Weber and Jeff Petry all collected two points for the Canadiens, while Leafs winger Mitch Marner had three assists. 

Braden Holtby made 30 saves, T.J. Oshie scored the only goal and Nicklas Backstrom collected his 500th career NHL assist as the Washington Capitals nipped the Ottawa Senators 1-0. Oshie later left the game with an upper-body injury and will be re-evaluated on Sunday. 

Joe Pavelski scored twice, including his 600th career NHL point, as the San Jose Sharks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Before the game, the Sharks honored the California Golden Seals, the first NHL team to play in the Bay Area. 

Tanner Pearson’s overtime goal lifted the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. Jeff Carter had a goal and two assists for the Kings, while teammates Drew Doughty and Jake Muzzin each collected two points. Mikko Koivu also had a two-point performance for the Wild. 

Brad Marchand scored twice and Tuukka Rask turned in a 25-save shutout effort as the Boston Bruins blanked the Florida Panthers 4-0. 

Paul Stastny scored twice, including the winning goal, to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars. 

Four second-period goals lifted the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-2 win over the struggling Tampa Bay Lightning, handing the latter their third straight defeat. Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth made 24 saves in his return from a lower-body injury, snapping his club’s five-game winless streak. 

Mark Letestu’s overtime goal gave the Edmonton Oilers a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. It was the first time Devils winger Taylor Hall faced his former team but he was held scoreless. Earlier in the day, the Devils placed center Jacob Josefson (illness) on injured reserve

Chad Johnson turned in a 28-save effort to backstop the Calgary Flames to a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. 

Louis Domingue made 27 saves while Anthony Duclair and Radim Vrbata scored in a shootout as the Arizona Coyotes snapped a nine-game losing skid with a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders. 

NBC SPORTS:  The Nashville Predators placed winger James Neal on injured reserve. 


  1. Marchand had is best game in awhile, habs rookies played a good game radulov is a beast. Chad Johnson played very well last night I wonder if it will be him or Elliot getting the starts down the stretch

    • Elliott has only been getting the easy games of late and capped it of with that wonderful 13 shot 4 goal performance. Think they’ll be going with Johnson.

      • I think both Elliott and Bennett are playing themselves out of big contracts next season

    • Not sure if Radulov is a beast but Montreal’s gamble taking him is definitely paying off…love it.

  2. Its official. Laine is out with a concussion.Tough loss for the Jets in particular and the league as a whole.

    • Let us hope for a speedy and 100% recovery

    • too bad. Hope he gets well quick. it was an exciting rookie race

  3. Unfortunately it takes a big time NHL hit or an injury to teach the young guys some of the lessons learned about playing with the big boys. Connor changed a lot about the plays he pursues after his clavical was broken last year. That’s hockey. That said, I hope it’s only a mild concussion, he’s an exciting kid to watch.