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Game recaps plus updates on Ryan Callahan, Mike Commodore & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Justin Williams and Matt Niskanen each scored twice and Philipp Grubauer turned in a 24-save shutout as the Washington Capitals blanked the Philadelphia Flyers 5-0.
The win was the Capitals ninth straight, vaulting them into the top spot in the league’s overall standings. The Flyers, meanwhile, head into their bye week having lost 11 of their last 14 games.
Jason Pominville’s third-period goal stood as the game-winner as the Minnesota Wild overcame a 2-0 deficit to edge the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2. Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane scored twice in a losing cause. The Wild move two points up on the Hawks into first place in the Western Conference standings.
Patrick Berglund scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the St. Louis Blues nipped the Anaheim Ducks 2-1. It was the Blues’ first win in Anaheim since 2009.
Taylor Hall’s overtime goal gave the New Jersey Devils a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: An ongoing hip injury has sidelined Tampa Bay Lightning winger Ryan Callahan for another four weeks. Callahan’s been limited to only 18 games thus far this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Callahan’s hip injury is among the factors behind the Lightning’s struggles in 2016-17. It remains to be seen if he’ll finish the season.
WINNIPEG SUN: Defense and goaltending continue to be ongoing issues for the Winnipeg Jets.
EDMONTON SUN: The structure of Rogers Place, the Edmonton Oilers’ new arena, is affecting ice conditions this season. One problem is the Oilers’ championship banners have affected airflow in the building.
CALGARY SUN: Despite the comfort of over $13 million in earnings after 12 NHL seasons, former defenseman Mike Commodore is seeking a new career.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some fans might begrudge Commodore, but reaching the NHL and sticking in hockey’s most competitive league for a dozen years is no easy task. He’s apparently invested his earnings well and can afford to take his time in finding a suitable post-hockey career.