NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 17, 2016
Game recaps, latest suspensions, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.com: The San Jose Sharks doubled up the Montreal Canadiens 4-2, chasing goaltender Carey Price in the second period after he gave up four goals on 18 shots. Price wasn’t pleased, shooting an angry look down his team’s bench as he left the ice. Sharks rookie Timo Meier scored his first NHL goal. The Canadiens were without Andrew Shaw, who is sidelined for two games with concussion-like symptoms.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: None of the goals allowed by Price were his fault, as he was left hung out to dry by his teammates. However, his dirty look down the Habs bench as he left the game had talking heads in Montreal comparing it to Patrick Roy’s actions in his infamous final game with the Canadiens. There’s no comparison. Price didn’t make a scene or publicly proclaim he’s played his last game as a Hab. However, when the usually unflappable Price shows any sign of anger or frustration, it’s cause for chatter among some in the Montreal media.
Rookie blueliner Zach Werenski collected two assists as the Columbus Blue Jackets picked up their eighth consecutive victory by defeating the Calgary Flames 4-1. Werenski now has 20 points this season.
Tyler Toffoli scored in overtime and Peter Budaj made 39 saves to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 1-0 blanking of the Pittsburgh Penguins, snapping the latter’s seven-game winning streak.
Shootout goals by T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov gave the Washington Capitals a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Alex Ovechkin tallied his team-leading 14th goal of the season for the Capitals, while Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho each had two points for the Hurricanes.
Alex Burrows scored and set up another and Ryan Miller made 25 saves as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2. The Canucks also inducted former defenseman Mattias Ohlund into their Ring of Honour. Ohlund played 11 of his 13 NHL seasons with the Canucks, followed by two with the Lightning. The Bolts were without forwards Nikita Kucherov (lower-body injury) and Ondrej Palat (undisclosed).
Jason Demers had a goal and an assists and James Reimer made 30 saves to give the Florida Panthers a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
Rasmus Ristolainen’s overtime goal lifted the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: After leading the NHL last season with 46 goals, Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane is currently on pace for only 20.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kane is tied for the Blackhawks’ point lead with 29. However, he’s currently on track for only 75 points, a considerable decline from his career-high of 106 last season.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars forward Cody Eakin received a four-game suspension for a “high, hard hit” on New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
THE MERCURY NEWS: Ottawa Senators forward Mike Hoffman received a two-game suspension for cross-checking San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture, while Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was fined $5000.00 for dangerous use of his stick against Senators’ defenseman Erik Karlsson. The incidents occurred during the Sharks-Senators game two days ago.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs defenseman Martin Marincin is on injured reserve four-to-six weeks with a lower-back injury.
SPORTSNET: A documentary on the California Golden Seals is expected to be released in January on ITunes.