NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 3, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 3, 2017

Game recaps, November’s top rookies, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Paul Byron scored a hat trick and Alex Galchenyuk collected four assists to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 10-1 beatdown of the Detroit Red Wings. The Habs won their fifth straight game while the Wings dropped their seventh in a row. Earlier in the day, Canadiens defenseman Brandon Davidson was placed on waivers

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A week ago, the Canadiens were near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. After five straight wins, they’re third in the Atlantic Division. This lopsided victory came on the 22nd anniversary of the Wings thumping the Habs 11-1, ending Patrick Roy’s tenure in Montreal. 

Alex Ovechkin scored his 19th goal of the season and Evgeny Kuznetsov got the winner as the Washington Capitals edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3. With his 577th career goal, Ovechkin moves up to 20th on the all-time goal leader list. 

The Philadelphia Flyers’ losing skid continued in a 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins, who won for the sixth time in seven games. Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each netted a goal and an assist and Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for the shutout. The Flyers have tied their longest losing streak in franchise history. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Flyers late owner Ed Snider were still alive, general manager Ron Hextall and/or head coach Dave Hakstol probably would’ve been fired by now. However, Hextall doesn’t appear in any danger of losing his job and he’s standing by the embattled Hakstol. Looks like they’re taking a patient approach to rebuilding their roster.

Nikita Kucherov and Tyler Johnson each scored twice to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Before the game, the Sharks placed winger Joonas Donskoi (lower-body injury) and defenseman Tim Heed (upper-body) on injured reserve. 

Tristan Jarry made 32 saves and Evgeni Malkin scored in his return from injury as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-1. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since taking over for the sidelined Matt Murray, Jarry’s begun to alleviate concerns over the Penguins’ goaltending depth. Granted, he had consecutive wins over the hapless Sabres but those victories should give his confidence a big boost. 

Kevin Fiala and Kyle Turris scored in the shootout as the Nashville Predators nipped the Anaheim Ducks 3-2, handing the latter their sixth defeat in their last seven games. Before the game, Nashville  forward Viktor Arvidsson assisted a Predators fan with his proposal to his girlfriend. 

Jesse Puljujarvi scored twice and Milan Lucic had a three-point night as the Edmonton Oilers built up a 6-1 lead and hung on for a 7-5 win over the Calgary Flames. Sam Bennett scored twice for the Flames. 

Devan Dubnyk made 41 saves and Matt Dumba scored in overtime as the Minnesota Wild edged the St. Louis Blues 2-1. 

Shootout goals by Alexander Radulov and Tyler Seguin gave the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Stars were playing without center Martin Hanzal, who was placed on IR with a hamstring injury. 

Jacob Markstrom kicked out 35 shots and Alex Edler tallied the game winner as the Vancouver Canucks held on for a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Scott Wedgewood made 26 saves for his second career shutout and Dylan Strome netted his first career NHL goal as the Arizona Coyotes blanked the New Jersey Devils 5-0. 

Noah Hanifin’s goal in the tying seconds of overtime lifted the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. 

On Dec. 1, the NHL announced Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser was named rookie of month for November 2017. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Chris Wideman will undergo surgery on Monday for an injured hamstring and will be sidelined four-to-six months. The Sens also reclaimed forward Chris DiDomenico off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland is day-to-day with a right-hand injury. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 25, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 25, 2017

Game recaps, Carey Price off injured reserve, waiver updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: On the night the Dallas Stars retired Jere Lehtinen’s No. 26, Tyler Seguin tallied a hat trick to lead the Stars to a 6-4 victory over the Calgary Flames. Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan each had three points in a losing cause for the Flames. 

David Pastrnak scored the game winner, David Krejci had a goal and an assist and backup goalie Anton Khudobin remains unbeaten in regulation (7-0-2) as the Boston Bruins edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist for the Penguins. 

Alex Ovechkin scored his 573rd career goal to tie Mike Bossy for 21st on the NHL’s all-time goal leader list as the Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1. Jay Beagle also collected his 100th career point in the win. Earlier in the day, the Lightning claimed Chris DiDomenico off waivers from the Ottawa Senators. 

Nikolaj Ehlers scored twice in the opening five minutes of the first period as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Anaheim Ducks 4-1. Bryan Little collected three points for the Jets, who’ve won six of their last seven games. 

The Vegas Golden Knights blew a three-goal lead but defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-4 on an overtime goal by Jonathan Marchessault. Vegas remains in first place in the Pacific Division, holding a two-point lead over the Los Angeles Kings. 

Speaking of the Kings, they lost for the seventh time in eight games as Christian Fischer scored in overtime to give the Arizona Coyotes a 3-2 victory for their fourth victory in five games. Earlier in the day, the Kings placed forward Brooks Laich on waivers. Meanwhile, the man who appears at Kings games as their mascot “Bailey” is being sued for inappropriate behavior. 

Cam Atkinson scored twice as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-2. It was the Jackets sixth straight win and the Senators fifth consecutive loss. Former Senators center Chris Kelly signed a PTO contract earlier in the day with the Senators AHL affiliate in Belleville, Ontario. 

Nino Niederreiter tied a club record with a goal in six consecutive games as the Minnesota Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in a shootout. 

Pekka Rinne turned in a 34-save shutout performance as the Nashville Predators blanked the St. Louis Blues 2-0. 

The New York Islanders overcame a 4-2 deficit to upset the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime 5-4. Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal and Andrew Ladd each had a goal and an assist for the Isles, while Flyers Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Shayne Gostisbehere also each tallied a goal and an assist. 

Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and Mats Zuccarello sniped the winner in overtime to lift the New York Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, giving the Blueshirts their seventh straight home victory. 

Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists and Brian Boyle scored on Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night to give the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia two months ago.

A four-goal second period helped the Toronto Maple Leafs hold off the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4. Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen made 43 saves while James van Riemsdyk and Ron Hainsey each had a goal and an assist. 

Kyle Okposo had a goal and an assist and Robin Lehner made 29 saves as the Buffalo Sabres snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers, handing the latter their fourth loss in five games. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens activated goaltender Carey Price off injured reserve and returned backup Charlie Lindgren to their AHL affiliate in Laval. Price missed the last 10 games with a lower-body injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless Price also returns to his usual stellar form, he won’t snap the Canadiens out of their two-month funk. He wasn’t playing well prior to being sidelined and Lindgren had better stats during his eight games between the pipes. 

TSN: Speaking of the Canadiens, their poor start has generated some empty seats at the usually full Bell Centre. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well, that’s it, fans won’t turn out to support the team, time to move the franchise to a real hockey market. I’m joking, of course, but if the Habs played in a Sun Belt market, some chuckleheads would seriously make that suggestion. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Former NHL forward Mike Ribeiro was arrested for trespassing last month in Miami Beach. In recent months, reports emerged claiming the 37-year-old Ribeiro was battling alcoholism. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Ribeiro gets the help he needs.