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.

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2 Responses to NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 2, 2012.

  1. Aj says:

    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. NikK says:

    It is really sad to hear about Gordie Howe.

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