NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 7, 2018
Game recaps plus updates on Sebastian Aho, Jake Muzzin, Jimmy Howard and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Patrice Bergeron scored four goals for his second career hat trick and Brad Marchand collected four assists as the Boston Bruins extended their points streak to 10 games by crushing the Carolina Hurricanes 7-1. The Hurricanes also lost Sebastian Aho to a leg injury. He’ll be reevaluated today in Raleigh.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After being written off at the start of this season as little more than a marginal playoff contender, the Bruins are among the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Their surge in the standings has generated some suggestions that they could be Cup contenders this spring.
The Colorado Avalanche picked up their fifth consecutive victory with a 7-2 beatdown of the Minnesota Wild. Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen each had three-point nights while Carl Soderberg scored twice. Eric Staal did the scoring for the Wild. Before the game, the Avs honored former winger Milan Hejduk by retiring his No. 23 to the rafters.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the victory, the Avs (47 points) leapfrogged the Wild into the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference. They’re on the verge of exceeding last season’s franchise-worst 48 points.
Claude Giroux collected three points and Sean Couturier scored twice to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues, snapping the latter’s winning streak at three games.
Alexander Radulov,Tyler Seguin and John Klingberg each had a goal and two assists to lead the Dallas Stars to a 5-1 thrashing of the Edmonton Oilers, chasing Oilers netminder Cam Talbot from the game after he gave up four goals on 19 shots.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yet another dispiriting defeat for the Oilers, whose playoff hopes are fading with each passing week. Sportsnet’s Mark Spector (no relation) lists six things that have gone wrong with the Oilers’ season thus far. Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section, Oilers fans.
The Toronto Maple Leafs overcame a 2-0 deficit to edge the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in a shootout. Tyler Bozak scored the game-tying and winning goals. Canucks winger Brock Boeser, who leads his club and all NHL rookies in scoring, tallied his 22nd goal of the season. Vancouver defenseman Chris Tanev left the game after a deflected Mitch Marner shot struck him in the mouth.
Craig Anderson made 45 saves while teammate Ryan Dzingel scored two goals as the Ottawa Senators upset the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 6-3.
The New York Rangers beat the Arizona Coyotes for the ninth straight game with Mika Zibanejad’s shootout goal giving them a 2-1 victory. Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist turned in a 38-save effort, surpassing Tony Esposito for eighth on the all-time wins list with 424.
Auston Watson scored twice and P.K. Subban collected two assists as the Nashville Predators held off the Los Angeles Kings 4-3. Before the game, the Kings announced defenseman Jake Muzzin was placed on injured reserve .
Dougie Hamilton’s late third-period goal gave the Calgary Flames a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, who had overcome a 2-0 deficit to tie the game. Ducks winger Corey Perry returned to action after missing 11 games with a knee injury.
MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (lower-body injury) will sit out today’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (upper-body injury) and forward Andre Burakovsky (healthy scratch) are expected to be in the lineup for today’s contest against the St. Louis Blues.
SPORTSNET: Edmonton Oilers goaltender Laurent Brossoit and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Frankie Corrado were placed on waivers yesterday. Meanwhile, defenseman Victor Mete is expected to rejoin the Montreal Canadiens on Friday. He helped Canada win gold at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo.