NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 17, 2012.

Jamie Benn injured in Stars loss to win over Flames…Blackhawks snap losing skid…Coyotes win physical game over Kings…Blues down Islanders…Flyers crush Sabres…Antti Niemi earns coach’s wrath as Sharks fall to Lightning…Wild winless skid reaches six games…The status of Bryan McCabe…First sentence handed down for Vancouver Stanley Cup riot.


Benn fortunate to avoid serious injury.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars leading scorer Jamie Benn was injured in their OT win over the Calgary Flames, when he was cut on the leg by the skate blade of Flames defenseman Mark Giordano.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fortunately for Benn and the Stars, he’s not expected to miss any playing time. It could’ve been much more serious.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks nine-game losing skid is over, as they downed the NY Rangers 4-2 courtesy of early goals by Jonathan Toews, Nick Leddy, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Should be interesting to see if they can now build on this win and get themselves back on track.

WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals embark on a four-game road trip against Detroit, Chicago, the NY Rangers and Boston which could prove crucial to their playoff hopes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While it’s only mid-February, this stretch against tough competition could be the tipping point for the Capitals season.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: It was old-school hockey time in Los Angeles, as the Phoenix Coyotes edged the Kings 1-0 in a fight-filled affair.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This one had the air of a playoff game, and for good reason, as both clubs are divisional rivals trying to secure post-season berths.

STLTODAY.COM: The Blues rebounded from a listless loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, whupping the NY Islanders 5-1.

PHILLY.COM: The Flyers ran roughshod over the Buffalo Sabres with a lopsided 7-2 victory, though it came at a price, as Daniel Briere was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Wayne Simmonds was struck in the mouth by a puck in warmup, cut for 25 stitches, but played and picked up two goals in the win.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yet another reason for Flyers fans to love Simmonds.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi was ripped by head coach Todd McLellan for slopping play as San Jose fell 6-5 in OT to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild’s winless skid stretched to six, falling to the Winnipeg Jets in a shoot-out 4-3.

MIAMI HERALD: Former Florida Panthers defenseman Bryan McCabe said he has no plans to play again, adding he’s “unofficially retired”. He’s currently working as a scout for Panthers GM Dale Tallon.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for talk of an NHL team signing McCabe before the trade deadline.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The first sentence has been handed down on a participant in the Vancouver Stanley Cup riot, with potentially hundreds more participants facing convictions.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those rioters arrested and charged are learning a lesson the hard way: Actions have consequences. Enjoy your jail time, criminal record, and subsequent bureaucratic red tape applying for a pardon in ten years time, kiddies!


  1. I hope that all the guilty parties in the Vancouver riot get what they justly deserve. What is wrong with fans nowadays? Habs fan cheer when a player gets struck in the face with a puck, and now local vandals grafitti the church where Lucic attended….do these people not have better things to do with their time? Pathetic to say the least.

  2. Hey spector…. the Flames lost… not the Stars…. sadly……

  3. Easy Dan-o, if a player almost crippled a guy on your team and could care less about it you wouldn’t shed a tear when he gets a puck in the mush in your arena. Never heard about the church graffiti, but considering how religious ppl from the area are I would be willing to bet the suspects represent a minuscule minority of Canadiens fans.

    As far as the Vancouver riots goes, that was real, dangerous, and representative of true chaos. Instances like that are not even close to comparable to fans cheering a player getting hit by a puck. Leaf fan Dan? Just a guess. Anyways, for the rioters: Do the crime do the time. No one to blame but yourself unless someone put a gun to your head and made you break everything you saw and tip cars on fire before setting them on fire. That was embarrassing for all Canadians. It’s always sad when criminals use large public events to commit crime knowing the Police already have their hands full. Try being on the Police side of these events and you will see how intense, chaotic, and ridiculous those events are. Being on that side for large events I know there’s always guys seizing the opportunity to commits crimes during large events. You are running from one fight to another, to a guy breaking windows, then another fight, then the radio squawking about shots fired somewhere else, then ambulance requesting you for a unconcious person somewhere, then dispatch requests someone to go to a accident where someone’s hurt and the caller thinks one of the drivers is drunk. Man, it’s insane. So good that these rioters are getting good punishment. Some ppl just can’t go out, have some drinks, and go home happy.

  4. Smielman, yes….I am a Leafs fan lol, but also a fan of the sport in whole. I would definitely NOT cheer after an opposing player got a puck in the face, no matter what the past circumstance was. I’m not the vengeful type. I’d much rather see a really good beatdown on the guilty party, not an injury that could end their career. I know the puck caught Chara in the chin, but what if it had hit him in the eye. Would it have still been okay for them to cheer? I just thought it was tasteless, and would say the same if Leaf fans did it. Maybe I just have more class than some other fans, I dunno.

  5. Dan- so a guy picks a fight and he gives the guy a concussion. That would be ok because it was a hockey play?
    I’m just saying when it’s the biggest rivals in hockey + plus the guy who dirted Patches + in the Habs barn = you get emotional reactions from fans. The B’s crowd cheers like crazy every time Subban gets hit. And I recall a game after the Pacioretty incident where the leads played the B’s in TO where Chara blocked a shot off the foot and dropped in agony. The leafs fans reaction? Huge cheering. I remember this because I was happy lol. Look that play up and count your Leafs Nation in your classless group. It happens every where man. Destroying a city is the work of criminals and the sheep that follow them, not passionate hockey fans.