NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 3, 2014

Game recaps, including the latest on Brad Marchand, Kyle Okposo, Semyon Varlamov, Martin Brodeur, Ed Jovanovski and more.

STLTODAY.COM: T.J. Oshie scored twice and Brian Elliott made 30 saves as the Blues blanked the Los Angeles Kings 5-0, marking the first time they’ve beaten a California-based club this season. It was also the Kings fifth straight loss.

Brad Marchand celebrates his overtime goal against the Predators.

Brad Marchand celebrates his overtime goal against the Predators.

BOSTON HERALD: Brad Marchand scored in overtime and rookie Niklas Svedberg made 33 saves as the Bruins edged the Nashville Predators 3-2.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: After being snubbed by Team USA, Kyle Okposo scored the game-winning goal lifting the New York Islanders to a 3-2 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

DENVER POST: Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves backstopping the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, who also lost rookie forward Michael Raffl to a concussion after he was hit by Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog in the first period.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Landeskog wasn’t penalized on the play and he isn’t expected to face supplemental discipline. Even Flyers coach Craig Berube considered it a clean hit.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Nathan Horton’s debut with the Blue Jackets was a memorable one, scoring one of his club’s goals in a 2-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Horton can stay healthy he’ll be a welcome addition to the Blue Jackets, especially considering the disappointing Marian Gaborik experiment, which will come to an end after this season, if not sooner.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Jeff Skinner collected a hat trick as the Carolina Hurricanes nipped the Washington Capitals 4-3 in overtime. Recently acquired defenseman John-Michael Liles was paired with Ryan Murphy and saw time on the power play and penalty kill.

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

NOTE: Games involving Canadian teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.

NJ.COM: Martin Brodeur needs only three points to become the NHL’s all-time leading scorer for goaltenders. Tom Barrasso holds the record with 48 points.

SUNSENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers captain Ed Jovanovski could return from hip resurfacing on Saturday, which would make him the first pro athlete to resume their career after undergoing such a procedure.

POST-GAZETTE: The Pittsburgh Penguins claimed forward Taylor Pyatt off waivers from the New York Rangers.

NBC SPORTS: The Minnesota Wild have placed center Zenon Konopka on waivers.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: U.S. agents seized over $723K in counterfeit NHL Winter Classic gear.

2 Comments

  1. Sens should claim Konopka back, he is missed in the dot and with his agitating skills on the 4th line.

  2. The Wild beat the worst team in the league, big deal. Does anyone really think that Coach YoYo’s job is safe after that win? How about Fletcher’s job, anyone looking at him yet? I don’t think we need to blow up our Management staff like a few other teams did, at least not yet…….