NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 30, 2013

Game recaps, including the Stars tribute to Brenden Morrow, the Ducks winning streak ends, James Neal collects a hat trick, Ryan Miller makes his case for Team USA and Wayne Simmonds is among the Flyers leading scorers.

STLTODAY.COM: Kevin Shattenkirk scored his third game-winning goal of the season lifting the weary, injury-depleted St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 overtime win over the Dallas Stars.  During the game, the Stars held a video tribute for former captain Brenden Morrow, who now plays for the Blues.

Logan Couture scores his 100th career NHL goal in Sharks win over the Ducks.

Logan Couture scores his 100th career NHL goal in Sharks win over the Ducks.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: The San Jose Sharks snapped the Anaheim Ducks’ 10-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory. Logan Couture scored his 100th career NHL goal and Sharks call-up Bracken Kearns tallied his first.

TRIBLIVE.COM: James Neal scored a hat trick as the Pittsburgh Penguins downed the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3. No Penguins were injured over the course of the game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I mention this because the Penguins so far this season hold the dubious honor of leading the NHL in man-games lost to injury (220 and counting). Incredibly, they continue to find ways to win.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves backstopping the New York Rangers to a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lighthing. Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider and Benoit Pouliot scored three unanswered power-play goals for the comeback win.

NEWSDAY: Kyle Okposo scored twice as the New York Islanders rallied from a three-goal deficit to upset the Minnesota Wild 5-4.

BUFFALO NEWS: Ryan Miller made his strongest case yet for inclusion on Team USA at the Sochi Olympics with a 49-save performance in the Sabres 2-1 shootout triumph over the Washington Capitals.

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

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise may have suffered a stress fracture in his foot. That could sideline him four-six weeks.

PHILLY.COM: Wayne Simmonds is on a scoring tear for the Flyers, leading the club in goals and sitting third overall in points.

DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings GM Ken Holland will (reluctantly) strap on the pads for Tuesday’s Red Wings-Maple Leafs alumni game. Holland played three games for the Wings back in 1983-84.