NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 1, 2017



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 1, 2017

The Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate their 15th consecutive victory.

Game recaps, injury updates and alumni game results in your NHL morning coffee headlines

NHL.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets extended their winning streak to 15 games while ending the Minnesota’s Wild’s 12-game streak with a 4-2 victory. Cam Atkinson scored twice and Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win matches the second-longest streak in NHL history and puts the Jackets only two games away from tying the record of 17, set by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Chris Kreider tallied a hat trick and Henrik Lundqvist moved past Dominik Hasek for most career NHL wins by a European-born goaltender as the New York Rangers defeated the Colorado Avalanche 6-2. Lundqvist picked up his 390th victory. J.T. Miller also scored twice for the Rangers. 

Conor Sheary’s game-tying goal late in the third period set the stage for Evgeni Malkin’s overtime tally as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Montreal Canadiens 4-3. Malkin has 43 points on the season, tying him with Edmonton’s Connor McDavid for the league’s points lead. 

Jaromir Jagr netted his 756th career NHL goal and James Reimer kicked out 35 shots in the Florida Panthers 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars. 

Jeff Carter’s 20th goal of the season was also the game winner as the Los Angeles Kings squeaked past the San Jose Sharks 3-2. Earlier in the day, the Sharks announced defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic is listed as day-to-day after being struck in the face by a puck during the Sharks’ recent game against the Philadelphia Flyers. 

Jacob Markstrom made 42 saves and Bo Horvat netted the only goal in the shootout to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Connor McDavid tallied the game-tying goal that forced overtime and the shootout. 

Tuukka Rask’s 26-save performance backstopped the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the struggling Buffalo Sabres to sweep their season series. Sabres center Johan Larsson suffered a suspected dislocated left wrist and could be out for weeks, while defenseman Josh Gorges suffered a hip pointer.  Earlier in the day, the Bruins announced winger David Backes (concussion) will be sidelined indefinitely. 

The Washington Capitals killed off nine penalties, including four in the first period, on route to a 6-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. The win, however, was overshadowed by Capitals’ forward Tom Wilson hitting Devils defenseman John Moore from behind, resulting in the latter leaving the game on a stretcher. Moore was released from hospital but has been placed on injured reserve with a concussion. There was no penalty called on the play. 

John Tavares and Ryan Strome each netted a goal and an assist to lead the New York Islanders to a 6-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Earlier in the day, Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak cleared waivers and was sent to their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport. Meanwhile, Jets forward Marko Dano is out for up to eight weeks with a lower-body injury suffered during a recent loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

First-period goals by Michael Frolik, Dennis Wideman, Lance Bouwma and Mikael Backlund carried the Calgary Flames to a 4-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes. 

Nikita Kucherov collected two assists and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 26 saves as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1. An illness to Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack saw equipment manager Jorge Alves pressed into service as a backup. With the game out of reach in the final seven seconds, Carolina coach Bill Peters put Alves in the net, allowing him to fulfill his dream of playing an NHL game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And that’s a nice way to end 2016. Meanwhile, in other news…

The Detroit Red Wings edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in Saturday’s Centennial Classic alumni game at Toronto’s BMO Field, but the highlight was a dazzling first-period glove save by Leafs goalie Mike Palmateer. Unfortunately for the 62-year-old Palmateer, he wrenched his back and had to leave the game. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That was exactly the type of acrobatic save Palmateer used to make in the 1970s that made him a fan favorite. 

Pierre Turgeon scored twice, including the game winner, as the St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 8-7 in the Winter Classic alumni game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Former Blues star Keith Tkachuk wore a Pavol Demitra jersey in honor of his late teammate, who perished in the 2011 plane crash that killed the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A nice touch by Tkachuk to remember Demitra, who sits fifth on the Blues all-time points list with 493. 

SPORTSNET’s Elliotte Friedman last night reported Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban will meet with team doctors to discuss treatment for a suspected herniated disc. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Subban requires surgery, his season will be over. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 30, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 30, 2016

The Ottawa Senators retire Daniel Alfredsson’s No. 11.

Game recaps, Senators retire Daniel Alfredsson’s number & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Anthony Mantha’s overtime goal gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. Before the game, the Senators honored former captain Daniel Alfredsson by retiring his number 11

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Alfredsson was truly the greatest player in the Senators’ modern history. He spent 17 of his 18 NHL seasons with Ottawa, 13 as their captain. He holds the franchise records for goals (426), assists (682) and points (1,108), won the 1996 Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year and led the Sens to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007. In my opinion, he’s a future Hall of Famer. 

The Columbus Blue Jackets extended their winning streak to 14 games by downing the Winnipeg Jets 5-3. Alexander Wennberg scored twice and Nick Foligno netted a goal and two assists for the Jackets. 

Mikael Granlund, Mikko Koivu and Ryan Suter had two-point performances leading the Minnesota Wild to a 6-4 win over the New York Islanders. Brock Nelson tallied twice for the Isles. The Wild have now won 12 straight games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This sets the stage for the Jackets’ game against the Wild In Minnesota on New Year’s Eve. One of these clubs will see their winning streak come to an end. 

Matt Puempel got his first career NHL hat trick and Kevin Hayes picked up three assists as the New York Rangers beat the Arizona Coyotes 6-3. 

Ryan Spooner scored twice and David Krejci tallied a goal and an assist as the Boston Bruins doubled up the Buffalo Sabres 4-2. Bruins forward David Backes was knocked out of the game by a blindside hit from Sabres center William Carrier, who could face a suspension as a result.

Tyler Seguin netted two goals to lead the Dallas Stars to a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was forced from the game following a collision with Jarome Iginla but coach Lindy Ruff said he suffered no ill effects from the incident. 

Patrick Kane scored and set up another and Corey Crawford turned aside 36 shots to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators. Ryan Johansen set up both of the Predators’ goals. 

Antoine Vermette and Ryan Kesler each collected two points as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Calgary Flames 3-1. 

Jordan Eberle netted two assists in the Edmonton Oilers’ 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings 

Brendan Gallagher’s game-tying goal set the stage for Phillip Danault’s overtime winner as the Montreal Canadiens rallied to edge the Florida Panthers 3-2. It was reported Panthers center Aleksander Barkov will miss two-three weeks with an undisclosed injury. 

Auston Matthews netted a goal and an assist while Nazem Kadri tallied the winner in overtime to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning also learned forward Brayden Point (upper-body injury) will be sidelined four-to-six weeks. 

Shootout goals from Mike Cammalleri and Jacob Josefson plus a 43-save effort by Kevin Kinkaid helped the New Jersey Devils squeak past the Washington Capitals 2-1. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is listed as week-to-week with a lower-body injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could put an end, for a while at least, to the trade rumors dogging Pens veteran goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. A solid performance by Fleury, however, could boost his trade value once Murray returns. 

NHL.COM: The St. Louis Blues re-signed defenseman Robert Bortuzzo to a two-year, $2.3-million contract extension. 

TORONTO SUN: Hundreds of seats remain available for this Sunday’s Centennial Classic at BMO Field between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 16, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 16, 2016

Toronto Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk celebrates one of his three goals against the Nashville Predators.

Toronto Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk celebrates one of his three goals against the Nashville Predators.

Game recaps, injury updates, expansion draft rules & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: James van Riemsdyk’s hat trick power the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 6-2 thumping of the Nashville Predators. The Predators were without goalie Pekka Rinne, who’s day-to-day with a lower body injury. 

J.T. Miller and Kevin Hayes each scored twice as the New York Rangers crushed the Vancouver Canucks 7-2.

Aaron Ekblad’s fluky overtime goal lifted the Florida Panthers to a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens, handing the latter consecutive losses for the first time this season.

Nikita Kucherov scored twice to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, but Lightning captain Steven Stamkos left the game with an apparent injury to his right leg. The Wings also lost forward Darren Helm indefinitely to an upper-body injury

Erik Karlsson’s shootout goal lifted the Ottawa Senators to a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Adam Henrique’s overtime marker gave the New Jersey Devils their fifth straight win, beating the Dallas Stars 2-1. The Devils played without Taylor Hall, who returned to New Jersey to undergo an MRI for a lower-body injury. 

Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves for his first shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

John Gibson made 33 saves backstopping the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-1 victory over the slumping Edmonton Oilers, handing the latter their fourth straight defeat.

Johnny Gaudreau scored the only goal and Brian Elliott made 27 saves as the Calgary Flames shut out the Minnesota Wild 1-0.

Cam Atkinson’s overtime market gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals.

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward made 22 saves to shut out the San Jose Sharks 1-0.

The St. Louis Blues snapped a three-game losing skid with a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Patrick Wiercioch had a goal and an assist and Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves as the Colorado Avalanche dumped the Los Angeles Kings 4-1.

ESPN.COM: Concerns about potential loopholes in next June’s expansion draft were among the topics in yesterday’s meeting of NHL general managers. They were concerned the Las Vegas franchise could take advantage of the 48-hour window to talk to other club’s pending UFAs, quietly agree to a contract with a free agent but not officially announce it until July 1, thus enabling them to select another player off that team’s roster via the expansion draft. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said any team that violates the draft rules will be forced to forego a first-round pick. 

KUKLA’S KORNER:  The Centennial Classic Alumni Game lineups were revealed yesterday. Notable participants include Darryl Sittler, Doug Gilmour, Niklas Lidstrom and Brendan Shanahan.