NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 2, 2012.

Gordie Howe suffering from dementia….Henrik Lundqvist out-duels Ryan Miller…David Backes wearing Blues captaincy well…Update on Nathan Horton…Mathieu Garon takes over as Lightning’s starter…Brandon Yip adjusts to life as a Predator…Potential NHL prospects waylaid by injuries…Panthers down Capitals…Blue Jackets fall to Kings on controversial goal…Suspensions for Jared Boll and Eric Boulton.

SPORTSNET: NHL great Gordie Howe is engaged in fundraising to raise awareness for dementia while suffering a mild form of the illness.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once again, Mr. Hockey is an inspiration to millions.

NEW YORK POST: Henrik Lundqvist out-dueled Ryan Miller as the NY Rangers edged the Buffalo Sabres in a shoot-out 1-0.

Backes wears the captaincy well for the Blues.

STLTODAY.COM: First year captain David Backes is wearing the “C” well as the Blues are on pace for their best season since he joined the club in 2006-07.

CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton is making progress in his recovery from a concussion but he’s yet to return to the ice.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: With four wins in as many starts, Mathieu Garon has taken over the starting goalie role for the Lightning.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This recent win streak has given life to the Lightning’s playoff hopes, so they’ll ride the hot hand in goal.

THE TENNESSEAN: New Predator Brandon Yip is settling in with his new club.

TORONTO STAR: A number of this year’s top draft prospects have been sidelined by serious injuries.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers scored three times in the third period to down the Washington Capitals 4-2 and vault from ninth to third overall in the Eastern Conference.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The LA Kings defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on a controversial goal, as it appeared there was an issue with the game clock.

KUKLA’S KORNER: Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll was fined $2,500.00 for an illegal hit to the head of San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton, while New Jersey Devils forward Eric Boulton was fined $2,500.00 for slashing NY Rangers forward Michael Rupp.


  1. I was thinking the other day how weird it was to see a lot of the top rookies out at some point this year with injuries. I really can’t remember the last time things were like this. I suspect this is more of an annual occurrence, however it seems to be more prevalent in the news this year than in the past.

  2. It is really sad to hear about Gordie Howe.