NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 22, 2013.

Scores and highlights from Monday’s NHL games, Tomas Holmstrom to announce his retirement, plus updates on Anze Kopitar, Carlo Colaiacovo and more.

Damien Brunner scores highlight-reel shoot-out winner.

Damien Brunner scores highlight-reel shoot-out winner.

DETROIT FREE PRESS/COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Detroit Red Wings spoiled the Columbus Blue Jackets’ home opener as rookie Damien Brunner scored a highlight-reel goal in a shootout to give the Wings a 4-3 win. The win proved a costly one for the injury-riddled Wings, as defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo suffered a shoulder injury and will be sidelined indefinitely.

MLIVE.COM: Long-time Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom will officially announce his retirement this afternoon.

STLTODAY.COM/THE TENNESSEAN: The St. Louis Blues rallied from a 3-2 deficit to nip the Nashville Predators 4-3 in a shootout. Brian Elliott’s replacement of a struggling Jaroslav Halak (3 goals on 11 shots) in the second period provided the spark to reverse the Blues fortunes. Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and two assists, Alex Pietrangelo netted the tying goal and Alex Steen the winner in the shootout. It was the Predators second straight shootout loss, falling 3-2 to Columbus in their season-opener over the weekend.

NEWSDAY/TAMPA TRIBUNE: The NY Islanders ran up a 4-0 lead then hung on to edge a rallying Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3. John Tavares had two assists for the Islanders, while Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos was among the goalscorers for the Lightning. Tampa Bay goalie Ander Lindback made 40 saves.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Highlights of the Sabres- Maple Leafs, Panthers-Senators, Jets-Bruins and Ducks-Flames games can be found in “Canadian Corner”.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter will face “a blast from the very recent past” when he faces off against his former team, the Nashville Predators, tonight.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: LA Kings forward Anze Kopitar is expected to rejoin the lineup tonight after recovering from a sprained knee. The Kings, however, received some bad news yesterday, as defenseman Matt Greene has been sidelined for the season with a back injury.

THE SPORTING NEWS: Liz Mullen interviewed NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, who has faded into the background since the new NHL CBA was ratified. Fehr discussed his status and his future plans, pointing out his contract with the PA doesn’t contain a term limit, while indicating he and his staff will be busy working with the league to finish writing up the new CBA, as the two sides are currently operating off a memorandum of understanding.

TORONTO SUN: Steve Buffery points out the rush of fans flocking back to NHL games could embolden the team owners to stage another lockout in the near future.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the NHL & NHLPA work to significantly improve their labour relationship to avoid further shutdowns like the recent lockout, we can expect another as soon as September 2019, when either side has the right to opt out of the current CBA.


  1. Breaking news Coliacovo is injured. I feel sorry for the guy, but man he is made of glass.

  2. @Steve Buffery Or, maybe it hurts their bottom line. If they know they can sell tickets to packed houses every night, then the more money these teams will lose to a lockout. If the lockout is over minor issues, is it really worth it to forfeit 40 sold out games to pay 1% less in a pension fund or something? The only side this hurts is the NHLPA, a group I dont agree with anyways. The players had their share of HRR cut, sure. And then guys like Lupul and Zajac sign massive deals a few weeks later. There’s no way those players would have gotten paid more under the last CBA, than what theyre getting paid now.