NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 17, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 17, 2018

Game recaps, Corey Crawford sidelined by a concussion, Marc-Andre Fleury reaches another milestone, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Brent Burns collected three assists as the San Jose Sharks downed the Chicago Blackhawks 7-3. Sharks goalie Aaron Dell made 16 saves in relief of Martin Jones, who was pulled after giving up three goals on four shots. It was a costly loss for the Blackhawks as goalie Corey Crawford left the game in the first period after suffering a concussion following a collision in the crease. There’s no timetable yet for his return. 

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford suffering a concussion as his club fell 7-3 to the San Jose Sharks (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As if things couldn’t get any worse for the floundering Blackhawks, they lose their starting goaltender to another head injury. Crawford missed half of 2017-18 to a suspected concussion. Another lengthy absence could seal the Blackhawks’ fate this season. 

Alex Tuch scored in overtime as the Vegas Golden Knights edged the New York Rangers 4-3. Golden Knight goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his 423rd career victory to move into a tie with Tony Esposito for ninth on the all-time wins list. Kevin Hayes collected there assists for the Rangers, who have dropped three straight games. Earlier in the day, the Rangers announced winger Jesper Fast will miss two-to-four weeks with a suspected shoulder injury

Mark Scheifele’s overtime goal lifted the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning to extend their winning streak to five games while snapping the Lightning’s win streak at eight games. Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers (two goals) each had a three-point night. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was the best game of the night, as two of the league’s top teams went back and forth in an entertaining contest. This could be a preview of a potential 2019 Stanley Cup Final. 

A four-goal first period powered the Calgary Flames to a 7-2 thumping of the St. Louis Blues. Johnny Gaudreau and Alan Quine each scored twice for the Flames, who chased Blues goalie Jake Allen from the game after he gave up four goals on 16 shots. Earlier in the day, the Flames activated Mikael Backlund off injured reserve and recalled forward Kerby Rychel. 

Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel had a hand in all of his club’s goals in a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. Eichel scored twice and added two assists while linemate Jeff Skinner also scored twice, including the game-winner.

Vancouver Canucks winger Brock Boeser scored and set up two others as his club doubled up the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. 

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek kicked out 23 shots to shut out the Arizona Coyotes 3-0. Calvin de Haan had two assists.