NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 20, 2017

by | Dec 20, 2017 | News, NHL

Game recaps, Islanders win Belmont bid, Penguins swings two trades and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Toronto Maple Leafs celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first game played in NHL history (featuring the Toronto Arenas, precursor to the Leafs) by crushing the Carolina Hurricanes 8-1. Mitch Marner and Tyler Bozak each had four-point performances and James van Riemsdyk tallied the 20,000th goal in Leafs history.

The Detroit Red Wings netted four unanswered goals to defeat the New York Islanders 6-3. Wings forwards Henrik Zetterberg and Dylan Larkin each collected three assists. Following the game, Wings forward Justin Abdelkader was fined $5,000.00 for spearing Isles defenseman Scott Mayfield.  The Islanders, meanwhile, got some great new earlier in the day, learning their bid to construct an arena at Belmont Park was approved by the state of New York.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A new state-of-the-art arena should significant improve the Islanders’ ability to build and maintain a competitive franchise. It could also go a long way toward re-signing franchise player John Tavares, who’s eligible for unrestricted free agency in July. 

Shea Theodore scored with 2.3 seconds remaining in regulation to cap a four-point night as the Vegas Golden Knights overcome a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a big win for the Golden Knights over the league’s top team. Vegas has regained top spot in the Pacific Division. 

The Minnesota Wild overcame a 3-1 deficit to beat the Ottawa Senators 6-4. Eric Staal led the way for the Wild with two goals and an assists. Erik Karlsson scored twice for the Senators.

Nikolaj Ehlers scored twice and Brandon Tanev potted the game winner as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Nashville Predators 6-4, ending the latter’s three-game winning streak.

The Washington Capitals extended their winning streak to four games by edging the Dallas Stars 4-3 in overtime. Andre Burakovsky scored twice, including the game winner.

Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves and Paul Carey scored twice to give the New York Rangers as 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

Boston Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin kicked out 36 shots for his first shutout of the season in a 3-0 blanking of the Buffalo Sabres.

Nicolas Deslauriers scored two goals as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Vancouver Canucks 7-5. Canucks winger Thomas Vanek tallied a hat trick.

Three unanswered goals by Nick Bjugstad, Denis Malgin and Mike Matheson rallied the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.

NBC SPORTS: The Pittsburgh Penguins made two depth moves yesterday. They acquired defenseman Jamie Oleksiak from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2019. They also shipped forward Josh Archibald, goalie Sean McGuire and a sixth-round selection in 2019 to the Arizona Coyotes for goaltender Michael Leighton and a fourth rounder in 2019. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins still haven’t found a skilled two-way center for their third line. That’s their most pressing need and it could take until January or February to find a suitable option. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers yesterday “put Oscar Klefbom on injured reserve, recalled Anton Slepyshev, loaned Mark Fayne to another AHL team, waived Nathan Walker and traded away AHLer Greg Chase.”

SPORTSNET: Rogers and CBC signed a new seven-year contract for Hockey Night in Canada, ensuring the program will continue through 2026. 

AZCENTRAL.COM: The Arizona Coyotes will play one more season at Glendale’s Gila River Arena.