NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 6, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 6, 2018

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby led his club to a 4-0 win over the New York Islanders (Photo via NHL Images).

Game recaps plus latest on Josh Bailey, Chris Kreider, Milan Hejduk and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Sidney Crosby scored a goal and set up three others, rookie Daniel Sprong scored twice and backup Tristan Jarry made 31 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the New York Islanders 4-0. The Isles are awaiting word on the status of first-line winger Josh Bailey, who left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sprong looked comfortable skating alongside Crosby on the Penguins top line. Perhaps this move provides that much-needed offensive boost the Pens were lacking in recent games. 

Matt Duchene’s overtime goal capped a three-goal third-period rally by the Ottawa Senators as they upset the San Jose Sharks 6-5. Duchene scored twice and set up another while Mike Hoffman had a four-point game and Matt Stone collected three points for the Senators. 

Third-period goals by Anthony Mantha and Gustav Nyquist lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg collected his 600th career assist while goaltender Jimmy Howard made 38 saves. 

The Winnipeg Jets extended their points streak to five games as they held off the Buffalo Sabres 4-3. Blake Wheeler scored and added an assist to stretch his personal points streak to four games.  

After blowing 2-0 and 3-1 leads, the Vegas Golden Knights rallied to edge the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4. Reilly Smith had three points, including the game-winning goal in the third period. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Nine days after Rangers winger Chris Kreider was diagnosed with a blood clot in his right arm, the 26-year-old “will undergo a rib resection surgery to address the issue.” He remains sidelined indefinitely.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Kreider remains out beyond February, Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton could explore the trade market for a short-term replacement.  

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche will hoist Milan Hejduk’s jersey to the rafters before tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild. Hejduk played his entire 14-season NHL career with the Avalanche, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2001 and taking home the Maurice Richard Trophy in 2003. In 1,020 regular-season games, he scored 375 goals and 430 asssists for 805 points. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Luke DeCock profile incoming Carolina Hurricanes owner Thomas Dundon. 

TSN: Former NHL referee Bruce Hood passed away yesterday from cancer at age 81. He officiated 1,100 games over 21 seasons, including Game 4 of the 1970 Stanley Cup Final that saw Bobby Orr score his iconic overtime goal. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Hood’s family, friends and colleagues. 

TSN: Tyler Steenbergen scored the game winner late in the third period and Carter Hart made 35 saves as Canada defeated Sweden 3-1 in the gold-medal game at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo.