NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 22, 2017
Game recaps, including historic nights for Ken Hitchcock and Dustin Brown, in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Dallas Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock picked up his 800th career NHL victory as his club blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0. Tyler Seguin scored twice and Ben Bishop made 24 saves for the shutout.
Playing in his 1000th NHL game, Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Brown scored in overtime to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1.
Defenseman Hampus Lindholm tallied his first career hat trick, including the winner in overtime, to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-4 win over the New York Islanders. John Tavares scored twice for the Isles.
Kevin Labanc added an overtime goal to his three assists as the San Jose Sharks downed the Vancouver Canucks 5-4. Joe Thornton also scored twice for the Sharks.
Brian Boyle scored the game-tying goal late in the third period and the game winner in a shootout as the New Jersey Devils beat the New York Rangers 4-3. Marcus Johansson returned to the Devils lineup after missing four games with a bruised ankle.
Boston Bruins rookie Charlie McAvoy celebrated his 20th birthday in style by scoring the game winner in a shootout to give his club a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.
The Carolina Hurricanes picked up their fourth win in five games by downing the Nashville Predators 4-1. Hurricanes defenseman Noah Hanifin had a goal and two assists.
Third-period goals by Connor McDavid and Drake Caggiula lifted the Edmonton Oilers to their third straight win by nipping the St. Louis Blues 3-2.
Shootout goals by Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos carried the Tampa Bay Lightning to their 25th win of the season by downing the Ottawa Senators 4-3.
Matt Murray made 30 saves and Kris Letang netted the shootout winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2.
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (lower-body injury) returned to practice yesterday but isn’t expected to return to action until after Christmas.
SPORTSNET: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman called the arena standoff between the Flames and the city of Calgary “very frustrating”. He believes part of the reason the club stopped pursuing a new arena in Calgary is “they don’t see any prospect of making a deal for a new building on terms that make sense. And based on my experience up there, I understand why they’ve taken that position.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames could also be waiting to see if the city of Calgary lands the Winter Olympics in 2026. That could bring about the construction of a new arena largely with federal and provincial dollars, which would suit Flames ownership just fine. In the meantime, Damien Cox poses a good question:
So the bedraggled NY Islanders are going to privately finance a new arena but the wealthy Calgary Flames are threatening to move unless they get tens of millions of dollars more in public financing for a new building. Can someone explain the difference?
— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) December 21, 2017
NBC SPORTS: Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula purchased the National Women’s Hockey League’s Buffalo Beauts.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Laugh along to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ parody of “A Christmas Story.”