NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 6, 2016
Game recaps, injury updates, World Cup of Hockey player revenue & more in your NHL morning headlines.
NHL.COM: Sidney Crosby scored twice and Matt Murray made 32 saves to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-0 drubbing of the San Jose Sharks in this rematch of last spring’s Stanley Cup Final.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After missing the opening six games of the season with concussion symptoms, Crosby is quickly making up for that lost time. He has 10 points in six games and is only five points behind the league’s leading scorers.
Tyler Bozak scored twice and set up another as the Toronto Maple Leafs doubled up the Vancouver Canucks 6-3, handing the latter their eighth straight loss. The game turned nasty in the third period, with six players ejected from the game, including starting goalies Ryan Miller and Frederik Andersen. Following the game, Canucks blueliner Erik Gudbranson had strong words for Leafs forward Matt Martin.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gudbranson was overhead by reporters yelling “Matt Martin’s dead”. The Canucks defenseman was likely caught up in the heat of the moment and feeling the frustration of his club’s ongoing losing streak. It’ll be interesting to see if the league has anything to say about his comments. The two clubs are schedule to meet next on Dec. 3. While there could be fireworks in that game, I suspect the league will ensure that game is closely called by the officials to ensure things don’t get out of hand again between these two clubs.
The Montreal Canadiens bounced back from a humiliating 10-0 loss to Columbus on Friday by edging the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4. Tomas Plekanec’s shorthanded goal stood up as the game winner while Carey Price made 34 saves. The Habs hold the league’s best record (10-1-1).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shots-against is becoming a concern for the Canadiens. They’ve been outshot by wide margins in their last six games.
Patrick Kane’s tallied the game-winning goal as the Chicago Blackhawks nipped the Dallas Stars 3-2, giving the Hawks their fifth straight win. The Stars also lost another player to injury, as center Jason Spezza left the game with a lower-body injury.
T.J. Oshie potted two goals, including the game winner, as the Washington Capitals picked up their fifth straight victory by downing the Florida Panthers 4-2. Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr is listed as day-to-day with a sore groin.
Devin Setoguchi scored twice and Peter Budaj made 24 saves as the Los Angeles Kings blanked the Calgary Flames 5-0. Earlier in the day, Flames coach Glen Gulutzan announced winger Kris Versteeg (groin injury) could miss the next couple of weeks.
Mark Letestu’s shootout goal gave the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders. The Oilers overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to snap a three-game winless skid while extending the Isles winless streak to three. It was a costly game for both clubs, as Oilers wingers Jesse Puljujarvi and Zack Kassian and Isles defenseman Travis Hamonic suffered injuries.
Shorthanded goals by Derek Stepan and Kevin Hayes powered the New York Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins.
Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov each had a goal and an assist in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.
Vladimir Tarasenko’s overtime goal lifted the St. Louis blues to a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Calvin Packard made 32 saves for his second career NHL shutout backstopping the Colorado Avalanche to a 1-0 win over the Minnesota Wild.
Third period goals by Kyle Okposo and Sam Reinhart lifted the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
Jaccob Slavin’s shootout goal gave the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports sources say the players’ share of revenue from the World Cup of Hockey could be split 70-30, with the 180 players who participated in the tournament getting the largest share. Brooks suggests that won’t do much for unity among the NHLPA membership, especially with the possibility of another lockout in 2020.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Brooks also reports that revenue split has yet to be approved via PA membership vote. If the majority of the 520 members agree with it, I doubt this becomes an issue that pits player against player in a possible future labor dispute with the league.
YAHOO SPORTS: Forward Raffi Torres has retired due to knee injuries. The 35-year-old Torres played 635 NHL games, scoring 137 goals. Notorious for his reckless play, Torres was fined three times and received five suspensions totaling 74 NHL games. One of those was for 41 games for an illegal hit to the head of Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg in the 2015 preseason.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Torres’ recklessness often overshadowed his effectiveness as an agitating energy forward with a decent scoring touch. He’ll be remembered as one of the dirtiest players in NHL history.