NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 3, 2017
Game recaps, November’s top rookies, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Paul Byron scored a hat trick and Alex Galchenyuk collected four assists to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 10-1 beatdown of the Detroit Red Wings. The Habs won their fifth straight game while the Wings dropped their seventh in a row. Earlier in the day, Canadiens defenseman Brandon Davidson was placed on waivers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A week ago, the Canadiens were near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. After five straight wins, they’re third in the Atlantic Division. This lopsided victory came on the 22nd anniversary of the Wings thumping the Habs 11-1, ending Patrick Roy’s tenure in Montreal.
Alex Ovechkin scored his 19th goal of the season and Evgeny Kuznetsov got the winner as the Washington Capitals edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3. With his 577th career goal, Ovechkin moves up to 20th on the all-time goal leader list.
The Philadelphia Flyers’ losing skid continued in a 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins, who won for the sixth time in seven games. Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each netted a goal and an assist and Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for the shutout. The Flyers have tied their longest losing streak in franchise history.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Flyers late owner Ed Snider were still alive, general manager Ron Hextall and/or head coach Dave Hakstol probably would’ve been fired by now. However, Hextall doesn’t appear in any danger of losing his job and he’s standing by the embattled Hakstol. Looks like they’re taking a patient approach to rebuilding their roster.
Nikita Kucherov and Tyler Johnson each scored twice to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Before the game, the Sharks placed winger Joonas Donskoi (lower-body injury) and defenseman Tim Heed (upper-body) on injured reserve.
Tristan Jarry made 32 saves and Evgeni Malkin scored in his return from injury as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since taking over for the sidelined Matt Murray, Jarry’s begun to alleviate concerns over the Penguins’ goaltending depth. Granted, he had consecutive wins over the hapless Sabres but those victories should give his confidence a big boost.
Kevin Fiala and Kyle Turris scored in the shootout as the Nashville Predators nipped the Anaheim Ducks 3-2, handing the latter their sixth defeat in their last seven games. Before the game, Nashville forward Viktor Arvidsson assisted a Predators fan with his proposal to his girlfriend.
Jesse Puljujarvi scored twice and Milan Lucic had a three-point night as the Edmonton Oilers built up a 6-1 lead and hung on for a 7-5 win over the Calgary Flames. Sam Bennett scored twice for the Flames.
Devan Dubnyk made 41 saves and Matt Dumba scored in overtime as the Minnesota Wild edged the St. Louis Blues 2-1.
Shootout goals by Alexander Radulov and Tyler Seguin gave the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Stars were playing without center Martin Hanzal, who was placed on IR with a hamstring injury.
Jacob Markstrom kicked out 35 shots and Alex Edler tallied the game winner as the Vancouver Canucks held on for a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Scott Wedgewood made 26 saves for his second career shutout and Dylan Strome netted his first career NHL goal as the Arizona Coyotes blanked the New Jersey Devils 5-0.
Noah Hanifin’s goal in the tying seconds of overtime lifted the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers.
On Dec. 1, the NHL announced Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser was named rookie of month for November 2017.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Chris Wideman will undergo surgery on Monday for an injured hamstring and will be sidelined four-to-six months. The Sens also reclaimed forward Chris DiDomenico off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland is day-to-day with a right-hand injury.