NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 1, 2019

by | Jan 1, 2019 | News, NHL

Game recaps, three stars of the final full week of December, and more in the first NHL morning coffee headlines of 2019.

NHL.COM: Sean Monahan collected five assists while teammates Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk each had four-point performances (two goals, two assists) in an 8-5 win over the San Jose Sharks. Flames forward Sam Bennett could face supplemental discipline for a high hit on Sharks defenseman Radim Simek late in the third period.

Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan collected five assists in an 8-5 win over the San Jose Sharks (Photo via NHL Images).

The league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning extended their points streak to 15 games (14-0-1) by squeaking past the Anaheim Ducks 2-1. Brayden Point netted the winner in overtime.

The Nashville Predators picked up their first road victory since Nov. 10 and snapped a six-game losing skid with a 6-3 win over the Washington Capitals. Ryan Johansen led the way with a goal and two assists.

New Jersey Devils rookie goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood picked up his second straight shutout by blanking the Vancouver Canucks 4-0. Miles Wood and Sami Vatanen each had a goal and an assist.

Three goals late in the third period lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 6-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Pierre-Luc Dubois (four points) and Zach Werenski each scored twice for the Jackets while Ryan Dzingel tallied twice for the Senators. The Jackets were playing without captain Nick Foligno, who’s on an indefinite leave of absence as his young daughter Milana underwent heart surgery on Monday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to the Foligno family. Here’s hoping Milana makes a full recovery. 

The Pittsburgh Penguins collected their sixth straight win by edging the Minnesota Wild 3-2. Penguins winger Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists while Wild captain Mikko Koivu had a goal and an assist.

Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel suffered an upper-body injury during his club’s 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders. Sabres coach Phil Housley doesn’t expect Eichel to be sidelined for long. Isles goalie Robin Lehner made 39 saves to pick up his first win over his former team and was named the first star of the game.

The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1, chasing Flyers rookie goalie Carter Hart from the net after he gave up three goals on 10 shots. Earlier in the day, Flyers forward Jori Lehtera was charged “for allegedly obtaining and possessing cocaine in his native Finland last summer.” He’s not due in court but Finnish prosecutors seek a five-month suspended sentence.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lehtera previously denied any wrongdoing. The league is also conducting its own investigation into the matter.

Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 37 shots as the New York Rangers nipped the St. Louis Blues 2-1. Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk picked up an assist in his first game since being sidelined on Dec. 10.

Florida Panthers goalie James Reimer made 12 saves in relief of Roberto Luongo and two more in a shootout to give his club a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Detroit Red Wings. Luongo was pulled after giving up three goals on eight shots in the first period. During the morning skate, Wings defenseman Trevor Daley suffered a broken foot sidelining him three-to-five weeks.

Dustin Brown’s overtime goal gave the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 win over the slumping Colorado Avalanche, who’ve dropped nine of their last 11 games. Kings captain Anze Kopitar collected two assists.

Phillip Danault scored two goals and Jeff Petry tallied in overtime as the Montreal Canadiens nipped the Dallas Stars 3-2. Canadiens goalie Antti Niemi made 45 saves against his former club.

Rookie Brendan Lemieux scored twice, including the game-winner, to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 win over the struggling Edmonton Oilers, who’ve lost six straight games. Leon Draisaitl tallied twice for the Oilers.

Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal, and New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood have been named the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Dec. 30, 2018.

SPORTSNET: The NHL intends to announce today the Dallas Stars will host the 2020 Winter Classic. No word yet as to who the Stars’ opponent will be.