NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 24, 2018

by | Nov 24, 2018 | News, NHL | 3 comments

Game recaps, updates on Joe Thornton, Roberto Luongo, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Erik Karlsson had a goal and two assists and Joe Thornton moved past Mario Lemieux into 11th place on the NHL all-time assist list as the San Jose Sharks blanked the Vancouver Canucks 4-0, handing the latter their eighth consecutive defeat. Thornton now has 1,034 assists. Canucks forward Antoine Roussel could face supplemental discipline for biting Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s left hand during a fracas at the end of the game.

Dallas Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen scored twice to lead his club to a 6-4 win over the Ottawa Senators. Bobby Ryan had three assists for the Senators while goalie Craig Anderson made 48 saves in a losing cause. Speaking of lost causes, that might be the best way to describe the Senators’ hopes for a new arena in downtown Ottawa. Team owner Eugene Melnyk has filed a lawsuit against now-former partner John Ruddy over their “failed” arena bid.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As The Athletic’s Chris Stevenson observed, “there is now no way the Senators will be playing in a new rink at LeBreton as long as Melnyk owns the team.” 

Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo is sidelined by an apparent knee injury. (Photo via NHL Images)

Jordan Martinook tallied his NHL hat trick as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Florida Panthers 4-1. Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo left the game with an apparent right knee injury and is listed as day-to-day. Teammate Mike Hoffman had his personal points streak ended at 17 games.

Craig Berube got his first win as coach of the St. Louis Blues as his club rolled to a 6-2 victory over the Nashville Predators. Earlier in the day, the Blues placed Jaden Schwartz (upper body) on injured reserve. It was also reported that former Blues president Jack Quinn died on Tuesday of cancer at age 80.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Quinn’s family, friends, and the Blues organization. 

The Buffalo Sabres extended their winning streak to eight games with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Jeff Skinner scored the tying and winning goals.

Josh Anderson scored twice and Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets doubled up the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2. Jackets winger Cam Atkinson extended his goal streak to six games.

Four unanswered third-period goals by Nino Niederreiter, Eric Fehr, Eric Staal, and Zach Parise rallied the Minnesota Wild from a 2-0 deficit to a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Earlier in the day, the Jets reclaimed winger Marko Dano off waivers from the Colorado Avalanche.

Calvin Pickard made 31 saves backstopping the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-0 shutout over the New York Rangers. Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, and Travis Konecny each collected three points.

Tyler Johnson’s two first-period goals powered the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 triumph over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Two first-period shorthanded goals by J.T. Compher paved the way for the Colorado Avalanche’s 5-1 win over the slumping Arizona Coyotes, who’ve won just three games in their last 10.

Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist and Braden Holtby kicked out 31 shots to give the Washington Capitals a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 28 shots to shut out the Calgary Flames 2-0.

Joakim Nordstrom’s overtime goal gave the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins, who’ve won just twice in their last 10 games. Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves.

Nick Ritchie’s goal in the dying seconds of the third period set the stage for Rickard Rakell’s overtime winner as the Anaheim Ducks edged the Edmonton Oilers 2-1.

Mathew Barzal’s overtime goal gave the New York Islanders a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils.



  1. Another tough loss for Pens.

    At first glance, with where 5hey are in standings it looks like panicville.

    Closer examination …. it is looking more and more that Wildcard teams in East will likely be from Atlantic… so for Pens to make playoffs they have to catch 3rd in Metro (right now it’s NYR). Pens have 2 games in hand; 5 points behind; and still have at least 3 I believe; H2H games with NYR; and have games in hand on all Metro teams but NJ and NYI. In the last couple of weeks they have lost 5 one goal games (I’m including the NJ game as there was a late EN goal) in which they got a total of 2 points…. if in those games they had a combination of either preventing 3 goals OR scoring 3 goals …. they gain 3 points and are then 2 points out (with 2 games in hand and at least 3 H2H coming).

    Serious situation… yep. A corner has to be turned in next two weeks… yep. Panic … not yet.

    Last night I think Halak made several key great saves.

    Sully … I said play Sprong more… not sit him for entire periods!!!

    WTF….4 minutes??

    • Head to head games wont matter at this point I’d they continue to lose other games.

      All that being said, I don’t believe NYRs can sustain what they’re doing. 12 games decided by 1 goal, Lundqvist the top performer in 10 games. Without the play of Lundqvist, this team isn’t getting it done. And the last 4-5 years , Lundqvist has had some issues come December.

      Pittsburgh has secondary scoring issues in general. I’m not sure Sprong is the answer for all their woes. He hasn’t done much on the nhl level, I wouldn’t expect him to be the savior.

      A LOT of other players are going to have to step up, or some moves need to be made for players that can.

      All that being said… I don’t think Pittsburgh is as bad as they look. Although I do believe they are not the dominant team we’ve seen in years past.

      • NYR4Life

        With you for sure

        If they continue losing games regardless of opponent …. forgeddaboudit

        Yes … secondary scoring has to come around

        Dominant as the used to be … not a chance

        Sprong for sure is not the answer to the Pens woes… not at all… sorry if I implied that

        Do I think he’s under-used …. absolutely.

        I believe if he was properly used (more minutes and with similar linemates) then Pens would benefit with a few goals … any goals could help

        Re NYR performance so far … yes this has surprised me a bit and yes I think it might be hard for them to sustain that pace …. we’ll see

        They certainly have a bright future