NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 18, 2014

Blackhawks snap Ducks’ winning streak, Blue Jackets down the Capitals, plus updates on Alexander Steen, Martin Hanzal, Alex Tanguay, P.A. Parenteau,Tomas Tatar and Benoit Pouliot.

Marian Hossa celebrates one of his two goals against the Ducks.

Marian Hossa celebrates one of his two goals against the Ducks.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Marian Hossa scored twice as the Chicago Blackhawks doubled up the Anaheim Ducks 4-2, snapping the latter’s eight-game winning streak.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Ryan Johanson, Cam Atkinson and Jack Johnson each had two-point performances helping the Blue Jackets down the Washington Capitals 5-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jackets have won seven of their last ten, including five in a row, and sit only two points out of a wild card berth.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues star Alexander Steen returns to action tonight against the Anaheim Ducks. Steen missed 11 games to a concussion.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Steen was among the league’s leading goal-scorers at the time of his injury. It’ll be interesting to see how quickly he regains his scoring touch.

USATODAY.COM: Phoenix Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal was fined $5,000.00 by the NHL for high-sticking Vancouver’s David Booth on Thursday.

DENVER POST: Injured Avalanche forwards Alex Tanguay (knee, hip injury) and P.A. Parenteau (knee) are close to returning to action.

DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar returns to action after attending his father’s funeral this week in Slovakia.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers forward Benoit Pouliot has improved since his December 10th benching, with 12 points in his last 17 games.