NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 14, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 14, 2017

Game recaps plus latest on Taylor Hall, Brandon Dubinsky and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves on route to his 300th career NHL victory as the Dallas Stars beat the New York Islanders 5-2. Stars captain Jamie Benn had a three-point game and Tyler Pitlick scored twice. 

P.K. Subban tallied two goals (one from center ice) and Craig Smith had a three-point performance to lead the Nashville Predators to a 7-1 drubbing of the Vancouver Canucks, who suffered their fourth straight defeat. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks are really feeling the absence of sidelined top-six forwards Bo Horvat  andSven Baertschi, as well as veteran center Brandon Sutter and rugged blueliner Erik Gudbranson. 

David Pastrnak scored the game-tying goal and Brad Marchand netted the winner in overtime as the Boston Bruins edged the Detroit Red Wings 3-2. 

Bobby Ryan scored a goal and set up another as the Ottawa Senators hung on for a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers. It was the struggling Sens second victory in their last 14 games. 

TSN: Speaking of the Senators, team owner Eugene Melnyk denied rumors he was considering selling the club. “I am not selling the team – period. My kids (had) first call on the franchise long ago,” Melnyk said in an email sent to Postmedia.”

OTTAWA SUN: And speaking of Melnyk, former Sens center Kyle Turris believes the reason he was shipped to Nashville last month in a rare three-team trade was because the Ottawa owner didn’t want to re-sign him. Senators general manager Pierre Dorion dismissed this notion, claiming everything in the hockey department goes through him, not Melnyk. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators month-long tailspin gave rise to so much speculation over possible trades and the future of the franchise that Dorion held a press conference prior to the game against the Rangers to swat down the rumors. I’ll have more on what he said about potential player movement later today in the Rumors section. 

NORTHJERSEY.COM:  New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall is day-to-day with a knee contusion and won’t take part in tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky will miss six-to-eight weeks after suffering a facial fracture during a fight with Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian during Tuesday’s game in Columbus. 

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk is sidelined with a lower-body injury. The extent of the injury remains unknown.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks placed defenseman Cody Franson (upper body) on injured reserve and called up Ville Pokka.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights claimed forward Ryan Carpenter off waivers from the San Jose Sharks. 

TSN: Rick Westhead with a feature on former Minnesota Wild captain Matt Johnson, who’s now homeless and missing somewhere in California. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Johnson’s decline since his NHL career ended in 2005 is yet another sad cautionary tale of how a player, even one who earned $6 million during his pro career, can fall through the cracks.

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 18, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 18, 2017

Nashville |Predators forward Kevin Fiala scores in overtime against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of their opening-round playoff series.

Blackhawks and Flames on brink of elimination. The latest in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.com:  Kevin Fiala scored in overtime as the Nashville Predators overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2, taking a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven opening-round series. Filip Forsberg scored twice for the Predators, while Dennis Rasmussen and Patrick Kane tallied for the Blackhawks, who were shut out in the first two games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Predators have out-skated, out-hustled and out-hit the Blackhawks, who are looking slow footed and frustrated in this series. The Preds are doing a great job shutting down Chicago’s vaunted offense.  With Game 4 slated for Thursday, the Blackhawks are on the ropes and running out of solutions. 

Corey Perry’s overtime goal capped a four-goal rally by the Anaheim Ducks, who overcame a 4-1 deficit to beat the Calgary Flames 5-4. The Ducks now hold a 3-0 series lead over the Flames, who scored three power-play goals in this game. Nate Thompson had a goal and two assists for the Ducks, while Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist for the Flames. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A heartbreaking loss for the Flames, who appeared to have this game in the bag until Shea Theodore’s goal late in the second period opened the floodgates for the Ducks. Swapping a shaky John Gibson for Jonathan Bernier stabilized the Ducks’ goaltending and helped power their comeback.  

Tyler Bozak’s power-play overtime goal lifted the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals, giving the Leafs a 2-1 series lead. The Leafs overcame 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to force the extra frame. Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner missed his first game in seven seasons with an upper-body injury

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The turning point in this game was the Capitals’ inability to cash in on two power-play opportunities in the second period when they led 3-1. That gave the Leafs life and sparked their comeback. 

The Ottawa Senators squandered a 3-0 lead but went on to down the Boston Bruins 4-3 on an overtime power-play goal by Bobby Ryan. The Sens lead the series 2-1. Erik Karlsson had two assists and Mike Hoffman scored twice. Bruins center David Krejci returned to action after missing the opening two games with an upper-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the four clubs that squandered leads last night, the Sens were the only one not to lose in overtime. An ill-time roughing penalty by Bruins forward Riley Nash set the stage for Ryan’s heroics. To be fair to Nash, he was upset after being elbowed in the head by Ryan, an infraction that went uncalled by the officials. 

YAHOO SPORTS: A facial fracture has finished Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski’s season. Werenski sufferind the injury during the Jackets’ Game 3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

MIAMI HERALD: Now-retired Florida Panthers enforcer Shawn Thornton is auctioning off his skates on eBay for charity. 

MLIVE.COM: Former NHL star Pavel Datsyuk helped SKA St. Petersburg win the KHL’s Gagarin Cup.

ESPN.COM: Former NHL star Bobby Carpenter pushed the racing wheelchair of paralyzed former women’s hockey player Denna Laing in the 2017 Boston Marathon. They finished with a time of 4 hours, 32 minutes and 30 seconds.

TORONTO SUN/DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Former sports writer Cam Cole will receive the Elmer Ferguson Award for excellence in hockey journalism. Dallas Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.