NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 7, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 7, 2018

Game recaps, injury updates, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Phil Kessel scored twice and collected two assists while linemate Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 6-2 drubbing of the New York Islanders.

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel had a four-point performance in a 6-2 victory over the New York Islanders (Photo via NHL Images).

The Detroit Red Wings spoiled the return of William Nylander to the Toronto Maple Leafs’ lineup with a 5-4 overtime victory. The Wings blew a 4-1 lead but Dylan Larkin salvaged the win in the extra frame. Nylander was held scoreless while Wings forward Gustav Nyquist had a three-point performance.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nylander looked rusty in his first NHL contest since April. It’ll take a little time for him to regain his form. Fortunately for the Leafs, they have sufficient depth to allow Nylander more time to get back into game shape. 

Carl Soderberg scored twice while NHL scoring leader Mikko Rantanen extended his points streak to 10 games with a goal as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Florida Panthers 5-2.

The Columbus Blue Jackets coughed up a two-goal lead before Seth Jones scored his second of the night in overtime to edge the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3. Jackets winger Cam Atkinson (one assist) extended his points streak to 12 games. Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim also netted two goals. Jackets coach Brad Shaw fell ill last night and was hospitalized in Philadelphia with an abdominal issues.

Mike Smith had a 30-save shutout and Elias Lindholm scored twice in a 2-0 blanking of the Minnesota Wild. Flames forward Ryan Lomberg ejected for jumping Wild defenseman Matt Dumba following Dumba’s questionable hit on Lomberg’s teammate Mikael Backlund late in the game. Wild captain Mikko Koivu left in the third period with an apparent left-leg injury.

The Tampa Bay Lightning cruised to the fifth straight win as goalie Louis Domingue made 33 saves to nip the Boston Bruins 3-2.  Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy returned to action after missing 20 games with a concussion.  Earlier in the day, the Bruins claimed forward Gemel Smith off waivers from the Dallas Stars.

Andre Burakovsky’s third-period goal was the game-winner as the Washington Capitals snapped a three-game winless skid with a 4-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes, snapping the latter’s four-game winning streak. Earlier in the day, the Capitals announced winger Tom Wilson is sidelined with a concussion.

The Montreal Canadiens swept their home-and-home series with the Ottawa Senators with a second straight 5-2 victory. Paul Byron scored twice for the Habs while Senators forwards Bobby Ryan (upper body) and Matt Duchene (lower body) left the game with injuries.

Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson scored on his first-ever NHL penalty shot as his club ended a four-game losing streak by downing the Nashville Predators 5-3.

Third period goals by Jonathan Marchessault and Alex Tuch 12 seconds apart gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 win over the floundering Chicago Blackhawks. Reilly Smith had a three-point night for the Golden Knights, who picked up their seventh victory in their last eight games.

Kyle Palmieri scored twice and Taylor Hall collected three assists as the New Jersey Devils ended a six-game losing skid by beating the Los Angeles Kings 6-3.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (concussion) will be sidelined indefinitely. 

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Anaheim Ducks winger Rickard Rakell skipped practice yesterday with an ankle injury and could be questionable for tonight’s game against the Hurricanes. 

SPORTSNET: The Edmonton Oilers placed winger Drake Caggiula (injured hand) on injury reserve.

NEW YORK POST: A new book, ““We Want Fish Sticks: The Bizarre and Infamous Rebranding of the New York Islanders.” chronicles the bizarre story of why the Isles briefly their iconic logo in the late 1990s.