NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 15, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 15, 2016

 Roman Lyubimov of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche.

Roman Lyubimov of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche.

Game recaps, Panthers shake up their management & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Third-period goals by Roman Lyubimov and Brayden Schenn lifted the Philadelphia Flyers to their 10th consecutive victory by edging the Colorado Avalanche 4-3. 

Bryan Rust’s overtime goal gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins, giving the Penguins their seventh straight victory. 

Brian Boyle and Alex Killorn each scored twice as the Tampa Bay Lightning doubled up the Calgary Flames 6-3. The Lightning were playing without Nikita Kucherov (day-to-day, lower-body injury) and Ryan Callahan, who’s close to returning from off-season hip surgery. 

Kevin Leblanc’s overtime goal lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. It was a nasty game, as Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman cross-checked Sharks forward Logan Couture in the back of the head, while Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was accused by Senators blueliner Erik Karlsson of spearing him. Both could face suspension.

MIAMI HERALD:  Florida Panthers president of hockey operations Dale Tallon is reportedly resuming control of the club’s management decisions, giving him more control over on-ice decisions. Tallon was replaced as general manager by Tom Rowe, who is also currently the Panthers’ interim head coach. Panthers owner Vinnie Viola and CEO Matthew Caldwell claim the club hasn’t made any changes within its hockey operations department. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sounds like Tallon will be having more input in helping Rowe make day-to-day decisions while the latter is working as interim head coach. How much effect Tallon will actually have regarding possible player moves remains to be seen. The Panthers are struggling and their recent coaching change hasn’t done anything to arrest their slide.

LOS ANGELES TIMES:  Anaheim Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano is closing in on fifth overall on the NHL’s all-time consecutive games-playing list. With 734 games, Cogliano is nearing Jay Bouwmeester’s streak of 737 games.

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Former NHL coach Ron Wilson is reportedly fine and recovering from a stroke he suffered on Dec. 6.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Wilson for a speedy recovery.