NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 24, 2022

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The Devils, Bruins and Blues’ win streaks come to an end, the Stars’ Jason Robertson moves up in the scoring race and Alex Ovechkin continues his approach to 800 career goals. Details on these stories and more in today’s NHL Morning Coffee Headlines.

NHL.COM: The New Jersey Devils win streak ended at 13 games as they fell 2-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Matt Murray picked up the win with a 34-save performance while John Tavares and Pontus Holmberg scored for the Leafs (11-5-5). Dougie Hamilton replied for the 16-4-0 Devils.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Devils had three goals overturned, prompting a barrage of beer cans from their unhappy fans. Speaking of the Leafs, they acquired defenseman Conor Timmins from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for minor league forward Curtis Douglas. They made this move because three of their regular blueliners (Morgan Rielly, Jake Muzzin and TJ Brodie) have been sidelined by injuries.

Speaking of teams having their win streaks snapped, the Boston Bruins’ seven-game streak ended in a 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers. Spencer Knight kicked out 37 shots while Aleksander Barkov and Aaron Ekblad led the way as they each scored a goal and added two assists as the Panthers improve to 10-8-2. David Pastrnak and Charlie McAvoy scored for the 17-3-0 Bruins.

The St. Louis Blues saw their seven-game win streak come to an end as they were defeated by the Buffalo Sabres 6-2. Jeff Skinner and Jack Hughes each scored twice while Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 34 shots for the 9-11-0 Sabres while the Blues drop to 10-9-0.

Dallas Stars winger Jason Robertson (NHL Images)

Dallas Stars winger Jason Robertson scored twice in a 6-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Stars scored five unanswered goals in the third period to improve their record to 12-5-3. Max Domi had a goal and an assist for the 6-10-3 Blackhawks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Robertson is now tied with Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Vancouver’s Bo Horvat for the NHL goal-scoring lead (16) while his 31 points are just three behind the league-leading McDavid.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin’s 790th career NHL goal came in overtime to down the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2, bringing his club’s four-game winless skid to an end. Ovechkin finished the night with two points for the 8-10-3 Capitals while the Flyers (7-8-5) saw their winless skid stretch to eight games.

The Seattle Kraken set a franchise record for most goals in a single game in an 8-5 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Jaden Schwartz tallied twice while Andre Burakovsky and Matty Beniers each had a goal and two assists. The Kraken (11-5-3) are 7-1-1 this month thus far. Timo Meier had a hat trick as the Sharks fell to 7-12-3.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Earlier in the day, the Sharks activated defenseman Radim Simek from injured reserve but placed forward Nico Sturm on IR.

New York Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin stopped 49 shots to shut out the Edmonton Oilers 3-0. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored twice for the Islanders (13-8-0) while the Oilers drop to 10-10-0. Earlier in the day, the Islanders announced that winger Kyle Palmieri is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

The Minnesota Wild romped to a 6-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Marcus Foligno scored twice while Matthew Boldy had a goal and two assists for the Wild (9-8-2), who acquired winger Ryan Reaves earlier in the day from the New York Rangers in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2025. Kyle Connor replied for the 11-6-1 Jets, who announced earlier in the day that winger Nikolaj Ehlers underwent successful sports hernia surgery and will be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks.

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry made 33 saves for his 100th career NHL victory to nip the Calgary Flames 2-1 on a shootout goal by Evgeni Malkin, who was honored by the Penguins in a pregame ceremony for reaching the 1,000 career game milestone earlier this week. Jan Rutta scored in regulation for the Penguins (10-7-3) while Dillon Dube replied for the 9-7-3 Flames.

A 36-save shutout by Karel Vejmelka carried the Arizona Coyotes to a 4-0 upset over the Carolina Hurricanes. Lawson Crouse scored two goals for the 7-9-2 Coyotes while the Hurricanes fall to 10-6-4. Earlier in the day, the Hurricanes announced they reached an agreement with goalie Pyotr Kochetkov to a four-year contract extension worth an average annual value of $2 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Before the game, the Coyotes activated winger Zack Kassian off injured reserve. They also announced defenseman Juuso Valimaki was listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Speaking of shutouts, the Detroit Red Wings blanked the Nashville Predators by a score of 3-0. Ville Husso made 26 saves while Dylan Larkin, Filip Hronek and Michael Rasmussen scored for the Red Wings (10-5-4), who also claimed goalie Magnus Hellberg off waivers from the Seattle Kraken. Kevin Lankinen stopped 26 shots for the Predators as their record drops to 9-9-2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This marks the third time Hellberg’s been claimed off waivers. He was claimed from the Kraken last month by the Ottawa Senators and reclaimed earlier this month by the Kraken before being plucked off the wire yesterday by the Red Wings.

Third-period goals by Sheldon Dries and Ethan Bear lifted the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Bo Horvat scored his 16th goal of the season while Spencer Martin made 33 saves for the win as the Canucks improve to 7-10-3. Mikko Rantanen scored twice for the Avalanche (11-6-1), who also lost winger Evan Rodrigues with an injured right leg in the first period.

The Vegas Golden Knights downed the Ottawa Senator 4-1. Jack Eichel had a goal and an assist as the Golden Knights improved to 16-4-1. Jake Sanderson tallied the only goal for the Senators (6-12-1), who have gone 2-10-1 in their last 13 contests.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The calls for head coach D.J. Smith to be fired are growing among unhappy Senators fans. Something’s going to have to happen soon if the Sens have any hope at all of salvaging what was supposed to be their much-anticipated breakout campaign.

Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson turned in a 41-save performance as his club held off the New York Rangers by a score of 3-2. Troy Terry scored what proved to be the winning goal in the second period as the Ducks (6-13-1) picked up their first regulation win of the season. Artemi Panarin collected his 400th career assists as his Rangers fell to 10-7-4.

The Montreal Canadiens rode a 30-save effort by Sam Montembeault to a 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. All the scoring came in the third period with Arber Xhekaj, David Savard, and Sean Monahan tallying for the Canadiens (10-9-1) while Mathieu Olivier replied for the 7-11-1 Blue Jackets.


  1. Sky is falling. Sky is falling. Bruins lose. Batten down the hatches all hands on deck. Ship is going down. Lord help the bruins

    Knight was the difference last night fab game

  2. Wasn’t there lastnight, too many dumb penalties Swayman flat out stunk He has got to be better. The panthers were coming in waves.
    Bruins need six points out of the next five games. Would like to see ten but that’s almost impossible. Will not respond to oncoming Who and his friend what.

    • 3 goals called back in Leafs favour last night vs Jersey

      This has to be a first

      Matt Murray had another strong game in goal , as Leafs were outshot 34-18

      With Muzzin LTIR , I don’t understand why the Leafs cannot add a valuable addition to the back end , as per the freed up cap space

  3. Refs were in sync last night calling back 3 New Jersey goals

    I think this is a first !

    Good for Leafs and their fan base

    Another strong game in goal by Matt Murray as Leafs were outshot 34-18

    @George, Pengy whomever
    Muzzin on LTIR , I doubt he is coming back with neck vertebrae deterioration

    Why can’t they use his 5.7 mil cap space towards an upgrade in a trade ?

    This band -aid , former Sault grey hound additions becomes tiring, frustrating to say the least

    • Ken, I don’t know how much of an upgrade it is, but yesterday they dealt for Connor Timmins 6′ 2″ RD from Arizona (2nd rd – 32nd overall by Colorado in 2018) in exchange for 6’9″ 250lb C Curtis Douglas – drafted originally by Dallas in the 4th rd 2017

      • Hi Ken/George

        Perhaps a change of scenery gets Timmons NHL career going but as at now… was a minor bandaid fix…. Timmons is not anywhere near the level of player that the 3 key injured Leafs D are

        Not 100% sure Muzzin is done for the year… likely… yes…. But not 100% sure….. and if Leaf’s aren’t 100% sure, then moves need to take into account required Cap space needed if he does in fact return

        Play of Murray (and last night at least one “gift” goal waive-off) has benefitted Leafs

        Any Murray decline and/or another injury to him….Leafs need to be wary…. I truly don’t believe they are catching Bruins….. so 2nd (ATL) through WC spots, battled for by Leafs, Bolts, Cats, Wings…. With many games yet Head-to-Head….. nothing is guaranteed… if Leafs slip to WC bubble slots…. Will they be stronger than Metro 4th/5th?.

        If last nights game had gone the way it truly deserved to be…. i.e. Devils V in reg…. Then Leafs would have been only 1 point up on Wings, with Wings having 2 games in hand!!

      • Ken that cap space is pretty much spoken for if they want to dress 23 players. George physical size of players is not as important as is say skating, passing, hockey IQ, etc. I wish Douglas all the best and as a 6-9 center who came out of the ECHL to the AHL when no one thought he would is good on him as a nice project player who’s biggest fault is the traits I mentioned, especially his skating.

        As for what the Leafs got it’s something similar in terms of a project simply because how Timmins’ career has stalled due to injuries and COVID. He was a highly touted prospect but that means little to me. Hope he works out being a physical 6’2 right handed two way defenseman.

        That game was as close to a game 7 as you can get. There was no way the devils going to loose the change to break the team’s record especially beating the Leafs to do it….for the Leafs they finally looked like they didn’t want to be part of that record. But that was one heck of an entertaining game. 3 overturned calls was unbelievable especially in favor of the Leafs! I’m shocked they won without their top 3 defenseman out and riding Gio and Hall as the top pairing!

        Lastly, the game went the way it deserved to go and anyone that watched it would agree…saying anything else would be acceptable from a man-child.

    • Ken, part of the hesitation by the Leafs to spend big is that they truly don’t seem to know what the future holds for Muzzin. Hard as it is to accept, I think his career is over.
      If and when that cap hit becomes available to spend, I hope they go after a top six left wing rather than a defence man. They need to score more, and more consistently as well.

  4. Happy thanksgiving to all South of the Border

    Hope your day goes great and you have the extra belt hole for belly expansion

    Bruins are wishing Bobo (brutal this year) was in net instead of Knight

    Murray playing great…. But 3 goals called back…. Very very thankful as a Leaf fan… but realize it was wrong. First one should have counted for sure. Third one hard to see but looked like trying to kick puck to other skate then deflected direction and in…. So distinctly kicked it yes… but straight in to net… not convinced

    No matter what… at least 1 of those 3 (first one) should have counted…. So this Leaf fan thanks the review committee for their error

    Devils are surprising the crap out of me

    Glad to see another Pens V…. Strong game by Jarry…. Gino winner in SO capped off the Gino celebration (1,000 games) day in great fashion

    • Pengy

      Doesn’t have to be “straight in to the net”
      distinct kicking motion = no goal

      If a New Jersey payer had deflected the kick pass, then goal would have counted.
      Lindy Ruff knew the goal shouldn’t count.

      • Thanks HOTG

        I didn’t know skate to skate (first one distinct kicking , second stationary and accidentally [not a deliberate move) and in was invalid.

        I’ve seen a couple distinct kicking then deflected by own D-man and in count; but had not seen that combo before.

        First goal should have counted . Leafs overall out-shot, out-chanced, out-hustled , out-hit, face-offs basically 60 to40% (actual59/41) for Devils…. the only faction of the games for skaters that Leafs won was blocked shots and take-aways

        Murray play (over Vanecek) and first disallowed goal was the difference … Leafs and Leafs fans will take the V and move on… these gifts happen…I’m sure there will be a game in the future that Leafs clearly dominate but end up losing. Fate went our way last night

        We were down 3 key D…. So if they were in there is no way Devils dominate Leafs the way they did….. so maybe fate compensating for 3 key D out

        Devils are way better than I had given them credit for prior to season start

  5. “Something’s going to have to happen soon if the Sens have any hope at all of salvaging what was supposed to be their much-anticipated breakout campaign.”

    Maybe Dorion didn’t do the great job in the summer as was touted?

    He added DeBrincat and Girouxwhich were good moves but didn’t ill a need.

    He did nothing on defense and Talbot isn’t the answer in goal.

    • Habsfan Dorion did make good trades and built a decent team. I don’t know why everyone had big expectations for this team when it is obvious they are still rebuilding and in the hardest part of it.

      They are still in the process of identifying their weaknesses and maybe in time the coach will be one. I like what they are trying to build but not liking some of those contracts handed out which might hurt them in the long run.

      As for the Habs rebuild, you guys are in the funner stage where you’ll be seeing glimpses of the future team and style of play but who knows who will eventually survive the ride.

  6. @George

    I am aware of the Timmons trade , another former Sault greyhound addition

    I mean a meaningful addition and or a power forward .
    Sandin and Gio coming to Matthews aid , as per cheap shots and getting the worse of the venture is not good , especially come playoff time , when it becomes more fierce

    Devils are surprising the “crap” out of me as well if

    • are Leafs stockpiling young D to do a 2+ for 1 deal before TDL??? Klingberg? Dumba? Orlov? Shattenkirk? even Myers??

      • No. No they are not. I don’t see them interested in any of those players as they do not meet any criteria that we’ve seen Dubas go after. He’s very very easy now to figure out what he likes based on who he has picked up in trades or signings.

        As for the Soo connection, when he was the GM of that Jr team, they were quite successful and many of his players are now regular good NHLers. He liked them then and having being one of the better Jr teams that won a championship why not add proven players especially when you know them more than most?

    • Ken, the problem with getting a “meaningful” D and/or Power F is that, in the eyes of the trade partner, the higher up the scale you go in defining “meaningful” the greater the cost – and the seller will always act like what they’re giving up is top of the line.

      What you don’t want to do is wind up forking over picks/prospects/roster players for players whose talents are only marginally better than what you already have in your system

      With both Muzzin and Rielly on LTIR Dubas will have the cap space, but while I’m sure he has been working the phones, he’s also probably already demurred on some proposals, thinking the cost to be too high. If you believe the chatter that Dorion has been trying to upgrade his D, probably he, too, has said no to what the other guy wants back.

      The closer we get to TD day some movement may open up – but by then it may be too late – for both teams.

  7. @ BCLeaf fan, Ron Moore
    I just read your responses now
    Thankyou !

  8. The issue with the Sens underperforming is that they NEED to put a product on the ice that at least looks competitive if they want to continue to put butts in seats. This will cause the sales to flag and make it tougher to keep someone like Debrincat as it’s not a winning culture. You can preach patience as much as you want, but it’s been 5 years of building so there needs to be SOMETHING that shows promise.

    They were playing better in the second half of last year.

    • Sen’s Goaltending Stinks this year…..

      There Weakest Area…. I see a Trade coming with
      Alex Debrincat for a Starting Goaltender ?

    • Exceptions are high there, eh? 5yrs is not the end of a rebuild but about halfway through. Does anyone follow F1? To use it as an example, to get 1/10th of a second costs millions of dollars and/years of development plus having the right team members contributing together at peak performance. The same can be said with hockey or any elite sport, progress is painfully slow and costly, both in terms of personnel and money. And like both sports, a good foundation is paramount and the Sens have that going for them so far. Things can turn quickly when you do.

      • Ron, all very true … but I still think the “system” installed by Smith – assuming he has one – is not conducive the talent at hand. Some here keep insisting the goaltending is weak – but while it’s certainly not top of the line by any stretch (nor are all 4 lines combined), with some back-checking by the Fs and more attention from all players on the ice at any given time, they should be able to shave those 40-shots + against their goalies just about every night.

        Smith just looks clueless behind the bench.

  9. RIP. Mr Salming.

    • Very Sad

      Knew this was terminal, and he didn’t look well at the HHOF game… but I certainly didn’t think he would go that fast

      Great childhood/teen memories for me

      To the Salming family …. Thoughts and prayers

      As you’ve said MB4…. May he RIP

    • So glad he was able to attend those recent events honouring his remarkable career. He was one of those “opposing” players you loved to hate … but always with grudging admiration for the way he played the game. RIP indeed!