NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 20, 2012.

Bruins rally to down Devils…Henrik Tallinder sidelined by blood clot…Sabres, Wild lose again…Radek Martinek out for the season…Isles snap Philadelphia losing streak…Lightning head coach has support of GM, players….Penguins win fourth straight…Alex Pietrangelo a star on the rise in St. Louis.

BOSTON HERALD: Gregory Campbell had a “Gordie Howe hat trick” as the Bruins scored four unanswered third period goals on route to a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

Tallinder sidelined by blood clot.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Devils defenseman Henrik Tallinder will miss the next six-eight weeks due to a blood clot in his lower left leg.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres suffered their 11th straight regulation road loss, falling to the Jets in Winnipeg 4-1.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild suffered their 15th loss in 17 games, as they were defeated 4-1 by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As their respective seasons slip away, things are getting grim for the Sabres and Wild. There doesn’t appear to be any significant move either club can make over what remains of this season which can turn things around and get them back into playoff contention.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets defenseman Radek Martinek will miss the rest of the season to post-concussion symptoms. The Blue Jackets have signed blueliner Brett Lebda as his replacement.

THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi scored a nifty spinarama goal to clinch a 3-2 shootout win for his team over the Phoenix Coyotes.

PHILLY.COM: The NY Islanders snapped a 13-game losing skid dating back to 2007 in Philadelphia, defeating the Flyers 4-1.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman and the Lightning players expressed their support of head coach Guy Boucher as the club continues to struggle in the standings.

POST-GAZETTE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth straight game, downing the NY Rangers 4-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lots of 4-1 games last night! Anyway, amazing a difference a week can make. A little over a week ago, the Penguins lost six straight games, were in danger of falling out of the playoff race, sparking calls from some fans and pundits to make trades. Four games later, the Penguins are back in it and the panic has died down.

BND.COM: Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo is a star on the rise for the St. Louis Blues.


  1. If Scott Howson thinks signing Brett Lebda as a replacement for Radek Martinek is going to help the Jackets, then he too may also be suffering from a concussion

  2. the 2008 draft was defiantly the year of the defensman, Pietrangelo is already one of the smartest players in the NHL to me he looks a lot like Scott Niedermayer, He is the real deal. Bogosian Schenn Dought, Myers, Karlsson, Gardiner, Del Zotto, Carlson were all drafted in round one, all of them along with Pietrangelo look like they have real star potential.

    And Joey if lebda plays like he did in toronto i don’t expect him to help at all, that said Toronto, and their all offense style makes a lot of defenseman look bad. people hated Hal Gill there for example

  3. @Kyle: On Lebda:Detroit cut him loose cause he sucked: Toronto traded him to Nashville because he sucked: After being traded to Nashville July 4,2011, he cleared waivers Aug 08,2011, Preds bought him out by Aug 10/2011 and was just signed yesterday by Columbus. I have to ask you: Can Detroit, Toronto and Nashville all be wrong about him ?

  4. I’m really not sure why CLS would make a single move (short of salary dumps and pick/prospect pick-ups) for the rest of the season. Create a plan for the team you want next season and start executing now. This season was lost for them several months ago. How Howson remains employed defies explanation.