NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 10, 2017
Game recaps and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.com: Brayden Schenn, Alex Steen, Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo each collected two points as the St. Louis Blues crushed the Detroit Red Wings 6-1. Blues winger Jaden Schwartz left the game in the first period after taking a Mike Green shoot off his right foot. Initial x-rays were negative but he’ll be reevaluated upon their return to St. Louis.
Speaking of the Blues, a lawsuit to halt the public financing of the Scottrade Center has been settled.
Tanner Pearson’s overtime goal lifted the Los Angeles Kings to their eighth consecutive victory as they squeezed past the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2. The Kings were nursing a 2-0 lead in the third period until the Canes forced the extra frame on goals by Victor Rask and Elias Lindholm.
Nikita Kucherov’s game-tying goal set the stage for Brayden Point’s overtime winner as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Winnipeg Jets 4-3.
Tyler Bozak scored twice and Mitch Marner collected three assists as the Toronto Maple Leafs took a 3-0 first-period lead and hung on for a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Vegas Golden Knights picked up their fourth straight win by downing the Dallas Stars 5-3. Maxime Legace kicked out 36 shots while David Perron had a goal and an assists for the Golden Knights.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I keep waiting for midnight to strike this Cinderella club, but I’m starting to believe that bell won’t be tolling on them this season. Despite being an expansion club with injury-ravaged goaltending, the Knights keep finding ways to win. That’s a credit to the character of their players and the guidance of head coach Gerard Gallant.
Tuukka Rask made 30 saves while Torey Krug and David Pastrnak each had two assists to give the Boston Bruins a 3-1 win over the New York Islanders, giving the Bruins their eight victory in their last 10 games.
Matthew Tkachuk returned from a one-game suspension to tally two goals as the Calgary Flames doubled up the Vancouver Canucks 4-2.
Sergei Bobrovsky had a 35-save shutout and Josh Anderson scored the only goal to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 1-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson, who recently signed a seven-year, $41 million contract extension, was a healthy scratch from this game. Head coach John Tortorella explained he sat Atkinson as a way of helping him regain his scoring form.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Atkinson’s tallied at least 20 goals and 40 points in each of the last four seasons. With just six goals and nine points through 25 games this season, he on pace for only 18 goals and 27 points.
Aaron Dell made 25 saves while Logan Couture had a three-point night as the San Jose Sharks blanked the Ottawa Senators 5-0.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators’ free fall in the Eastern Conference standings continues, tumbling to 14th overall with just one win in their last 10 games. That’s increasing the volume on the trade rumors dogging this struggling club. I’ll have the latest later today in the Rumors section.
Mats Zuccarallo scored twice and Rick Nash collected two assists as the New York Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils 5-2.
Jujhar Khaira had his first two-goal game of his NHL career as the Edmonton Oilers chased Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price from the game with a 6-2 victory, handing the Habs their third straight defeat.
Semyon Varlamov made 39 saves while Matt Nieto scored a goal and set up two others as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Florida Panthers 7-3.