NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 1, 2018
Happy New Year, hockey fans! Here’s the latest game recaps and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: William Karlsson tallied the first hat trick in Vegas Golden Knights’ history as his club thumped the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3. It’s the Golden Knight’s seventh straight win. Leafs center Auston Matthews picked up his 100th career point. The Leafs also learned defenseman Nikita Zaitsev (suspected broken foot) could be sidelined until late-January.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Karlsson is Vegas’ leading goal scorer, reaching a career-high 20 goals. He’s also the first player in franchise history to reach that mark. Of all the players selected in the expansion draft, he could turn out to be a steal for the Golden Knights.
Speaking of the Golden Knights, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was named The Hockey News’ newsmaker of the year for 2017. “From a second straight Stanley Cup to the Vegas expansion experience to concussion pains, Marc-Andre Fleury was in the headlines for some of hockey’s biggest stories in 2017.”
Andrei Vasilevskiy picked up his league-leading fifth shutout of the season while Tyler Johnson scored twice as the Tampa Bay Lightning blanked the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-0.
The Winnipeg Jets also enjoyed a 5-0 shutout with their victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 35 shots while Kyle Connor and Bryan Little each collected a goal and an assist.
Jimmy Howard made 37 saves and Gustav Nyquist notched his 100th career NHL goal as the Detroit Red Wings upset the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1. Nyquist tallied twice in this contest.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Penguins struggling and perched three points out of a wild-card berth, this loss to Detroit will further stoke the trade speculation swirling about the defending Stanley Cup champions in recent weeks.
The Calgary Flames blew a 3-0 lead but went on to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on an overtime goal by Mark Giordano. Matthew Tkachuk scored twice for the Flames while Blackhawks forwards Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad each had a goal and an assist. Earlier in the day, the Flames placed winger Michael Frolik (fractured jaw) on injured reserve.
Gabriel Landeskog scored twice and Nathan MacKinnon collected three assists as the Colorado Avalanche crushed the New York Islanders 6-1. The Avalanche played without rookie J.T. Compher, who suffered an upper-body injury during Friday’s game against Toronto. Isles head coach Doug Weight was ejected from the game for cursing at the on-ice officials following the Avs’ fourth goal.
The Dallas Stars picked up their fourth win in five games with a 6-0 beatdown of the San Jose Sharks. Ben Bishop made 26 saves for the shutout, Tyler Pitlick scored twice and Radek Faksa added three assists.
Three unanswered third-period goals lifted the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Ducks center Antoine Vermette scored and set up two others while Rickard Rakell scored twice.