NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 8, 2017
Game recaps, latest on Ryan Getzlaf, Jonathan Drouin, Robby Fabbri & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Nick Shore’s overtime goal completed the comeback for the Los Angeles Kings as they rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3. It was a rough contest marked with big hits and scrums.
Ducks forward Ondrej Kase left the game with an upper-body injury following a first-period hit by Kurtis MacDermid, who received a game misconduct. Goaltender John Gibson was forced from the game in the third period after his mask was knocked off by a shot. Earlier in the day, the Ducks announced captain Ryan Getzlaf will be sidelined for two months following surgery to repair a fractured cheekbone.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks have been walloped by injuries and illness this season. Cam Fowler, Ryan Kesler and Patrick Eaves remain sidelined, while Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen only recently returned to the lineup.
Charlie Lindgren picked up his second straight NHL victory with a 29-save performance as the Montreal Canadiens hung on for a 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. The Habs have won three straight while the Golden Knights dropped five of their last six games. Habs center Jonathan Drouin left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury and will be re-evaluated today.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Habs gaining some momentum since late-October they can ill afford to lose the creative Drouin for any length of time.
Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn each had a goal and two assists to power the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Earlier in the day, Blues forward Robby Fabbri underwent another operation on his left knee. They’re hopeful of having him back in the lineup for next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Two injuries to the same knee within a year could affect Fabbri’s performance when he return to the lineup.
Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin also had a goal and two assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the hapless Arizona Coyotes 3-1. Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz also scored, returning to action for the first time since Oct. 24.
Thomas Vanek had a goal and an assist in his 900th career NHL game to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames. Jaromir Jagr made his return to the Flames lineup after missing six games with a groin injury.
Pekka Rinne made 35 saves while Viktor Arvidsson and Miikka Salomaki each had two points as the Nashville Predators downed the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1, spoiling the return of Cam Atkinson from injured reserve.
Connor McDavid scored in overtime as the Edmonton Oilers edged the New York Islanders 2-1. Former Oilers Jordan Eberle scored for the Isles.
Evander Kane scored twice to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-1 win over the Washington Capitals.
Third-period goals by Derek Ryan and Justin Williams gave the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers, handing the latter their fifth consecutive defeat.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks will host the Boston Bruins at Notre Dame Stadium for the 2019 NHL Winter Classic.