NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 9, 2018
Game recaps, Ducks re-sign GM Murray, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos had a four-point game (including two goals) to lead his club to a 7-1 drubbing of the Colorado Avalanche. Lightning winger Ondrej Palat also scored twice. Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov was pulled after giving up five goals on 23 shots.
Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm and rookie Oliver Kylington each collected two points in the Calgary Flames 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators. With the win, the red-hot Flames (8-1-1 in their last 10) sit atop the Western Conference with 40 points.
The Philadelphia Flyers overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 6-2, handing the latter their fifth straight loss. Flyers captain Claude Giroux had a goal and three assists. Jack Eichel scored both Sabres goals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sabres seemed to stop playing after the first period. They certainly left goaltender Linus Ullmark to pretty much fend for himself.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 22nd goal to extend his points streak to 11 games as his club blanked the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0. Capitals netminder Braden Holtby turned aside 28 shots for the shutout.
Goalie Craig Anderson kicked out 35 shots and Ryan Dzingel scored in overtime as the Ottawa Senators nipped the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1. Earlier in the day, the Senators announced center Matt Duchene will be sidelined for weeks by a groin injury and winger Bobby Ryan (concussion) is out indefinitely. The Penguins skated without winger Patric Hornqvist, who’s day-to-day with an upper-body injury unrelated to his recent concussion.
The Boston Bruins ended a three-game losing skid with a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Brad Marchand and Torey Krug each had three-point performances for the Bruins. Leafs forward Zach Hyman knocked Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy from the game with a late high hit, though he returned to the bench late in the third period.
The New York Islanders rallied from a 2-0 deficit to edge the Detroit Red Wings 3-2. Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall temporarily knocked Islanders captain Anders Lee from the game with a hard, questionable hit.
The New York Rangers blew a two-goal lead but downed the Florida Panthers 5-4 on a shootout goal by Kevin Hayes, snapping a three-game losing streak. Jonathan Huberdeau had a three-point outing for the Panthers.
Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick made 29 saves in a 5-1 victory over the Vega Golden Knights. Nikita Scherbak, claimed off waivers by the Kings earlier in the week, scored his first goal of the season.
Rookie Lukas Radil’s first NHL goal turned into the game-winner as the San Jose Sharks downed the Arizona Coyotes 5-3.
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: The Anaheim Ducks signed general manager Bob Murray to a two-year contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for any whispers that Murray might be replaced if the Ducks fail to reach the playoffs this season. He’s their longest-serving general manager, currently in his 11th year. During his tenure, they’ve reached the playoffs in all but two seasons.
Despite a plethora of injuries and a lack of scoring punch, the Ducks overcame a poor start to move into third place in the Pacific Division. Murray has attempted to address the offense by claiming Pontus Aberg off waivers and trading for Daniel Sprong.
NHL.COM: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Xavier Ouellet cleared waivers and was sent to their AHL affiliate in Laval.