NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 14, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 14, 2016

Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel celebrates one of his two goals against the LA Kings.

Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel celebrates one of his two goals against the LA Kings.

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

NHL.com: Jamie Benn tallied one goal and set up two others while Tyler Seguin had two assists to lead the Dallas Stars to a 6-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. The Stars scored five unanswered goals in the third to overcome a 2-1 deficit. 

Jack Eichel scored twice and set up another as the Buffalo Sabres overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 6-3. Jeff Carter netted two goals for the Kings. 

Mike Fisher scored twice as the Nashville Predators netted six straight goals to beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3. 

Jeff Skinner tallied twice as the Carolina Hurricanes scored six third-period goals to overcome a 5-2 deficit and defeat the Vancouver Canucks 8-6. Sven Baertschi scored twice and set up another in a losing cause for the Canucks. 

Justin Braun and Joe Pavelski helped the San Jose Sharks overcome a 2-0 deficit, setting the stage for Logan Couture’s shootout winner to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2. Auston Matthews had a goal and an assist for the Leafs. 

Matt Niskanen scored twice as the Washington Capitals doubled up the New York Islanders 4-2. 

Sam Gagner tallied a goal and an assist as the Columbus Blue Jackets collected their seventh straight victory by defeating the Edmonton Oilers 3-1. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It wasn’t a particularly good night for defensive hockey, as comebacks were definitely the recurring theme.

Devan Dubnyk turned in a 29-save performance backstopping the Minnesota Wild to their fifth straight win by downing the Florida Panthers 5-1. Jason Zucker, Jonas Brodin and Jason Pominville each collected two points. 

Scott Darling turned in a 33-save performance as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the New York Rangers 2-1. 

Jamie McGinn scored twice to lead the Arizona Coyotes to a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, who also lost defenseman Alexey Marchenko to a shoulder injury

ESPN.COM: Philadelphia Flyers winger Jakub Voracek, New York Rangers goaltender Antti Raanta and Columbus Blue Jackets forward Sam Gagner were the NHL’s three stars for he week ending Dec. 11. 

THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov is listed as day-to-day with a groin injury. 

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils claim they weren’t expecting free-agent winger Patrik Elias to return during the first half of this season. Elias is still rehabbing from off-season knee surgery. 

YAHOO SPORTS:  Actor and NHL fan Alan Thicke has died at the age of 69. Thicke suffered a heart attack yesterday while playing hockey with his youngest son. He was a long-time fan of the Los Angeles Kings and a close friend of Wayne Gretzky.

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