NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 18, 2013.

Game recaps, updates on Derek Stepan, Adam Henrique and Jared Boll, a call to end fighting in hockey and a list of hockey books for the hockey fan on your Christmas list.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Patrick Kane scored his 20th goal of the season, Duncan Keith had a goal and an assist and Antti Raanta made 27 saves as the Chicago Blackhawks dumped the Nashville Predators 3-1.

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Andrew Cogliano collected three assists as the Anaheim Ducks cruised to a 5-2 win over the struggling Detroit Red Wings.

Joe Pavelski celebrates his goal against the Sharks.

Joe Pavelski celebrates his goal against the Sharks.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: The San Jose Sharks took a 3-0 lead and hung on for a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns were among the Sharks’ goalscorers.

STAR-TELEGRAM.COM: Colton Sceviour’s late tie-breaking goal lifted the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

PHILLY.COM: Four second period goals lifted the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals. It was a costly victory for the Flyers, losing Brayden Schenn following a hit by Washington’s Tom Wilson. Schenn’s head crashed into the boards and he had to be helped from the ice. Wilson received a match penalty and the hit is expected to be reviewed by the league.

TBO.COM: Nikita Kucherov scored in a shootout as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the New York Islanders 3-2. Two late goals by Valtteri Filppula rallied the Lightning and forced overtime, setting the stage for Kucherov’s game winner.

Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.

NEW YORK POST: Derek Stepan has been key in the Rangers victories this season.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique is struggling to score this season.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll underwent surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left ankle and will be sidelined three-four months.

TORONTO SUN: In the wake of Montreal Canadiens enforcer George Parros suffering his second concussion this season, Steve Simmons calls for the NHL to abolish fighting from the game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll take a player either suffering a crippling injury (more crippling than a concussion) or worse for the league to consider the abolishment of fighting in its product.

TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby has a nice collection of hockey books, just in time for your Christmas shopping.