NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 15, 2018

by | Jan 15, 2018 | News, NHL

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel tallied his 700th career point in a 5-2 win over the NY Rangers (Photo via NHL Images).

Game recaps, Phil Kessel reaches two scoring milestones, Andrew Cogliano’s ironman streak ends and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel reached two notable milestones as his club defeated the New York Rangers’ 5-2. Kessel picked up his 700th career point and reached the 20-goal plateau for the 10th consecutive season.

Penguins backup goaltender Tristan Jarry got his second straight start as Matt Murray tends to a personal matter. The Rangers, meanwhile, played without defenseman Ryan McDonagh (back spasms, day-to-day) and forward Kevin Hayes (leg contusion).

The Calgary Flames picked up their seventh straight victory by downing the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Dougie Hamilton scored twice for the Flames and goaltender Mike Smith made 38 saves.

Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho left the game following a borderline dangerous hit in the third period from Flames defenseman Mark Giordano, who was served with a match penalty and could face supplemental discipline. A further update on Aho’s condition is expected later today.  Before the game, the Flames announced winger Jaromir Jagr was placed on injured reserve

Vancouver Canucks center Brandon Sutter scored in overtime to give his club a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. It was Sutter’s first game since being sidelined by a groin injury on Nov. 24. 

Petr Mrazek had a 27-save shutout performance as the Detroit Red Wings blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0. Wings rookie Tyler Bertuzzi tallied his first career NHL goal. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: A two-game suspension for interference brings Anaheim Ducks winger Andrew Cogliano’s 830-game ironman streak to an end. The punishment was a result of Cogliano’s hit on Los Angeles Kings forward Adrian Kempe during Saturday’s game. 

The Ducks also claimed forward J.T. Brown off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Phillip Danault left the hospital Sunday after taking a slapshot in the head by Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. No word as to how long he could be sidelined. 

CBS SPORTS: Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is expected to return to action from an undisclosed injury following the club’s bye week. He suffered the injury during Saturday’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights. The Oilers’ next game is Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks.