NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 6, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 6, 2016

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Bryan Rust scores one of his three goals against the Ottawa Senators.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Bryan Rust scores one of his three goals against the Ottawa Senators.

Game recaps, stars of the week, injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Bryan Rust netted his first career NHL hat trick as the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a 4-2 deficit and a goalie change (Matt Murray in for a struggling Marc-Andre Fleury) to defeat the Ottawa Senators 8-5.

Sidney Crosby scored his league-leading 17th goal while Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel each tallied a goal and two assists for the Penguins. Senators winger Mark Stone also had a goal and two assists, while Sens goalie Craig Anderson face 43 shots.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not exactly a defensive battle in this one as the Penguins and Senators gave us an entertaining flashback to ’80s style hockey. 

Sam Gagner’s two-goal, two-assist performance carried the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gagner’s already exceeded last season’s career-low 16-point effort, with 10 goals and 17 points in 23 games. He’s on pace for a 60-point performance, which would be a career high. While it remains to be seen if he’ll hit that total, there’s no question he’s rejuvenated his career with the Blue Jackets. 

Marcus Johansson scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the Washington Capitals edged the Buffalo Sabres 3-2. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin took his team-leading 11th minor penalty of the season, which didn’t sit well with head coach Barry Trotz. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After being among the league’s dominant teams last season and considered among this season’s favorites to win the Stanley Cup, the Capitals have struggled through the opening quarter of this schedule. Ovechkin’s undisciplined play appears to reflect those difficulties. 

David Pastrnak’s overtime goal lifted the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers. 

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason, St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko and San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending December 4

Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk is sidelined indefinitely with a leg injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s going to hurt the Canadiens offense. He’s their leading scorer this season. 

CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins winger Matt Beleskey will miss six weeks with a right-knee injury. 

PHILLY.COM: An upper-body injury will sidelined Philadelphia Flyers winger Matt Read for four weeks. 

TSN: The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed goaltender Jhonas Enroth on waivers, prompting speculation he could be replaced by free-agent netminder Karri Ramo. 

THE DENVER POST: The cause of death of former Colorado Avalanche forward Marek Svatos on Nov. 5 was revealed to be a drug overdose. The coroner’s report revealed he had “codeine, morphine and an anti-anxiety medication in his system” when he died. Svatos “had a history of heroin use and had gone through drug rehabilitation, according to the coroner’s report. He also had suspected depression, prior suicidal ideation, and “recent life stressors.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A tragic end. It’s a shame Svatos was unable to find the help he needed to cope with his illness. Once again, my condolences to his family and friends. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 7, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 7, 2016

Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler celebrates one of his two goals against the Calgary Flames.

Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler celebrates one of his two goals against the Calgary Flames.

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

NHL.COM: Ryan Kesler scored twice to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames. It was their 24th consecutive home victory over the Flames, setting an NHL record. The old mark was 23 by the Philadelphia Flyers over the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1980 to 1987. 

Mike Cammalleri’s hat trick powered the New Jersey Devils to a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. 

Kevin Shattenkirk collected three assists as the St. Louis Blues thumped the Colorado Avalanche 5-1. 

Marian Hossa’s overtime goal lifted the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars, giving the Hawks their sixth straight victory. The injury-depleted Stars pressed defenseman Patrik Nemeth into service as a winger for this game. 

Goals by J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast and Pavel Buchnevich in just over four minutes in the second period gave the New York Rangers a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. 

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the game winner as the Edmonton Oilers squeaked past the Detroit Red Wings 2-1. 

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (thumb injury) is sidelined for four-to-six weeks. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Injuries are taking a toll on the struggling Florida Panthers. Jaromir Jagr, Jonathan Huberdeau, Nick Bjugstad and Jussi Jokinen are currently on the shelf. 

NBC SPORTS:  Recently recalled Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cory Conacher denied rumors he was talking contract with Switzerland’s HC Lugano. 

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: When the time comes, should the Pittsburgh Penguins retired Jaromir Jagr’s No. 68.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unquestionably, yes. Regardless of Jagr’s messy departure from Pittsburgh in 2001, he had his best seasons with the Penguins and played a significant role in their Stanley Cup championships in 1991 and 1992. Refusing to honor that legacy would be petty. I daresay the Penguins won’t waste any time honoring Jagr when the time comes, probably during the year he’s inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. 

THE DENVER POST: Former Colorado Avalanche forward Marek Svatos passed away over the weekend at age 34. Svatos spent nearly six of his eight NHL seasons with the Avs (2003-04 to 2009-10).  In 344 NHL games, he had 100 goals and 172 points. He is survived by his wife and two children.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  My condolences to Svatos family and friends.