NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 11, 2016
World Cup of Hockey updates and more in your NHL morning headlines.
NHL.COM: Ales Hemsky tallied the winning goal in a shootout as Team Czech Republic overcame a 1-0 deficit to edge Team Russia 2-1. Nikita Kucherov scored for Russia while Tomas Plekanec scored the equalizer late in the third after the Czechs pulled their goalie for the extra attacker.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For me, this game was the most entertaining of the day. In the three-on-three overtime frame, Czech defenseman Andrej Sustr got away with hooking Alex Ovechkin, preventing a breakaway attempt by the Russian superstar. Seconds later, Russian netminder Semyon Varlamov stoned Jakub Voracek on a breakaway.
John Tavares scored twice while Drew Doughty, Corey Perry and Steven Stamkos each collected two assists to lead Team Canada to a physical 5-2 victory over Team USA. The win was a measure of revenge for the Canadians, who were beaten the night before by the Americans.
Patric Hornqvist had a four-point game (two goals, two assists) as Team Sweden thumped Team Finland 6-3. Linemates Nicklas Backstrom and Filip Forsberg each had a goal and two assists, while Loui Eriksson opened the scoring with two goals.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika with an in-depth piece on how the Dallas Stars are staying relevant in a non-traditional hockey market.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Stars new ownership and management have done a fine job rebuilding the roster and rekindling fan interest in their market.
NBC SPORTS: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry is hoping for a strong return from the sports hernia surgery that cut short his 2015-16 campaign.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Petry was one of several key players sidelined by injury last season. For all the focus upon goalie Carey Price’s return this season, Petry’s return will also be important for the Habs.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Former Sabres winger Patrick Kaleta doesn’t consider himself washed up and hopes to land with an NHL team. Kaleta’s last NHL game was in April 2015.
TWINCITIES.COM: Former Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard is keeping busy in retirement. He’s earned a sports management degree from the University of Minnesota, interned with Octagon Hockey and working in the Wild’s front office as local manager for the organization’s Little Wild Learn-To-Play Program.
SHARKS.NHL.COM: The San Jose Sharks partnered with local craft brewery Gordon Biersch to introduce a new dry-hopped red ale. It’s name? CHUM. (Stick tap to GJ Berg for the link).
LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL: The name of the NHL’s Las Vegas expansion franchise has the name Knights in it, but that’s all that’s being revealed thus far.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Let your imagination run wild! The Las Vegas Black Knights? The Nighty Knights? The Knights of the Round Table? The Knights Who Say “Ni”? The Knights In White Satin? Feel free to play along, folks!