NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 22, 2011.

In this morning’s collection of notable NHL headlines: Sidney Crosby’s triumphant return…Patrice Bergeron’s recovery from concussion a model for Crosby…Stars return to win column in win over Oilers…Panthers stage comeback from 3-goal deficit to down the Devils…A “rally balloon” for the Capitals?…Sabres lose Tyler Myers to wrist injury…Devils could have a potential buyer.


Crosby dazzles in return.

POST-GAZETTE.COM: Sidney Crosby dazzled in his first game since being sidelined by concussion in January, with a four-point night as the Penguins defeated the NY Islanders 5-0.  Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves for the shutout.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lost in the media attention over Crosby’s return was defenseman Zbynek Michalek also returned to the lineup, a week ahead of schedule.

BOSTON.COM: Bruins center Patrice Bergeron’s efforts to return from a serious concussion served as a model for Crosby.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Friends since their junior hockey days, Bergeron kept in touch with Crosby during the latter’s recovery, sending him encouragement and advice.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars snapped their five-game losing skid with a convincing 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Veteran Stars forward Brenden Morrow also got his 500th career point.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Sheldon Souray’s impressive NHL return with the Stars after spending last season banished to the minors by the Oilers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Souray had no points in the game, but it had to feel good to beat the team that buried him for a season in the minors.

MIAMI HERALD: For only the second time in franchise history, the Florida Panthers overcame a three-goal deficit to win a game, rallying to defeat the New Jersey Devils 4-3.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov suffered a 12-stitch cut after a questionable hit from Panthers forward Shawn Mathias.

WASHINGTON TIMES: A red balloon created a stir during the Capitals-Coyotes game last night, being dubbed “the rally balloon” as the Capitals went on to down the Coyotes 4-3.

BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers is expected to miss the next four-six weeks with a broken wrist.

NEW YORK POST: The New Jersey Devils could have a buyer in Wendy’s owner Nelson Peltz, as he’s apparently considering a plan to buy the club’s $250 million of debt.


  1. flyers are starting to fade away I thing there done pronger is out again and jagr is hurt they cant stay out of the pen box and there power play stinks they are not a playoff team

  2. Sourly buried himself.

  3. I like the fact that after a near a year of being out, storming back with a four point game that Crosby tracked the puck down and without hesitation tossed it to Fluery for his shoutout!

  4. It was a neat night for Crosby, and arguably one of the better PR decisions he, the Penguins and the league have made in a while. Why not bring him back against the worst team in the conference? The same team he’s been most successful against since the beginning of his career. Why not indeed. Worst case scenario is he has an average game. Best case scenario happened.

    It’s definitely a good sign that he recovered from a pretty terrible injury, but expecting 4 points a game against teams at the top of the league is unrealistic.

  5. It was not a PR move to bring him back against the Islanders. He was cleared to play as of Sunday evening. They have been saying all along there is no planned return date or who they would like him to return against. Simply stated he would return once cleared to return. I would not have mattered if they were playing Toronto, Detroit or whoever…he was cleared and he played. Played very well I might add…was very impressive. Sure he was a little lucky with the team the pens were playing on the night he returned, but he still played very well.

  6. @Oilersfan

    Kenny? Is that you?

  7. Oilersfan….ya hit the nail on the head. that goof only buried himself

  8. No Kenny’s here, left my orange jacket in my other life. Sourly could of been a stud in oil country but instead he chose to go the route he went. Even if he was still injured, players play hurt all the time, the team wouldnt of asked him to play if they viewed it as anything other then a minor ailment. If he would of thought team first he would of ignored fighting iginla for personal vengeance. But the dude is selfish, big headed, and a pylon on the back end. We all remember what Spezza did to him.