NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 24, 2011.

In this morning’s edition of notable NHL headlines: Milan Lucic and Bruins win the rematch over Sabres… Kings Doughty fined for hit on Blues winger T.J. Oshie…Minnesota Wild maintain best record in the league…Alexander Semin bounces back from healthy scratch…Antti Niemi shuts out his former team…Ducks struggles continue…Rangers Deveaux could face suspension for elbow on Tomas Fleischmann…Jaromir Jagr aggravates groin injury…Avalanche sinking.

BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins won on the scoreboard and on the fight card, downing the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in a shootout for their tenth consecutive win. Milan Lucic, the villain in their previous game against the Sabres for running goalie Ryan Miller, won his game-opening scrap against Buffalo’s Paul Gaustad.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t think anyone’s surprised this game was a rough one, but it was also a close game. I think we can expect more of this between the two teams as the season goes on.

Doughty fined for hit on Oshie.

 BND.COM: The NHL fined LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty $2,500.00 for his cross-check which drove St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie into the boards in a recent game between the two teams.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doughty is now considered a “previous offender”, next time, he’ll face suspension.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild dominated the third period once again, for the seventh time in their last 11 victories since October 20th, defeating the Nashville Predators 3-2, maintaining the best record in the league.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s right, gang, the Wild have the best record in the league. They’re still accused of playing boring hockey, but there’s no denying the result so far.

WASHINGTON POST: Alexander Semin bounced back from being a healthy scratch in the Capitals previous game, opening the scoring as his club would go on to beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3.

MERCURYNEWS: San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi made 34 saves, blanking his former team, the Chicago Blackhawks, by a 1-0 score.

DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports the struggling Colorado Avalanche’s 3-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks indicates things are getting grimmer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avs could be facing a shakeup, either via trade or a coaching change, if things don’t improve soon.

PHILLY.COM: Jaromir Jagr re-aggravated a groin injury in last night’s 4-3 Flyers win over the NY Islanders.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks woes continue, falling 4-2 to the Phoenix Coyotes, extending their current losing skid to 5 games, their 14th loss in their last 16 games.

NEW YORK POST: Rangers forward Andre Deveaux could face suspension for elbowing Florida forward Tomas Fleischmann in the head.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After watching the video, I think “will be” facing a suspension is more like it.


  1. I would be very surprised to see the RANGER’S player get a suspension. Shanahan played for the Ranger’s so any Ranger’s player, much like Tampa with Yzerman and Boston with Campbell and the owner who is also the president of the board of governors, would have to do MUCH worse to actually get a suspension. Lucic almost took off Ryan Miller’s head and did it with a stupid smile and got nothing so why would this be different

  2. Lyle, I know you have to get paid, but these talking adds each time we open a different article/summary is unbearable.

  3. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: I cannot help you regarding these ads unless you tell me specifically where the ad is on the site, what it is advertising, and where you are located. Provide me those details, and I can look into removing those ads. Thank you.

  4. Anyone think the ducks will make a trade? As a leaf fan I know you will say I am a dreamer, but I think they will need a defensemen, leafs have extra when Komi comes back, Aulie is in the minors… Think they can get Bobby Ryan out of anahiem for Aulie and a 1st?

  5. Note to Jrd18 – no. As for Deveaux, if he’s not suspended, we need Colin Campbell back.

  6. Coof, what are you talking about? When did Campbell ever rule in Boston’s favor? Would that be ruling against a suspension for Matt Cooke when blind-siding Marc Savard? When his son was traded to Boston, he recused himself from involvement with Boston issues? Do I need to define recusal for you?

  7. Targeted the head with the elbow, no change of head or direction just prior to contact, no attempt to hold up. Pretty clear-cut. Two game minimum.

  8. The Bruins/Sabres game started rough but by the second period it became more fast paced, while remaining physical.

    Notice since the Lucic/Miller incident how Shanahan has relying on the fine to get his message across (i.e. Doughty, Kaleta and Clowe)? I still think the right call on Lucic should have been a fine. That would have saved alot of the hoopla over the last week.

    I don’t get any talking ads. BJFIG, maybe you need to download an ad-blocker.

  9. Dabroons,

    The hit on Savard was before the crap about head shots and was legal at the time. I the last two years, Boston has gotten away with murder when it comes to suspensions.

    When it comes to the Boston Bruins, they play dirty, claim the hits are clean then when their players get hit in the same fashion they cry for suspensions and they get it most of the time. Chara’s hit deserved a suspension, Ference’s hit on Spacek last year deserved a suspension, Lucic’s hit on Miller deserved a suspension and the other night against Buffalo, after a clean hit on Marchand, Chara comes rumbling down and proceeds to start hitting the Buffalo player with his gloves on. CLASSY team.

    Boston has even tainted one of my favorite players, Mark Recchi who now stoops to bitching and complaining about medical issues he has no idea what he is talking about and talking trash about other teams.

    As for Campbell recusing himself, do you really think that meant that they would have zero influence on any decisions. If you believe that I have some swamp land to sell to you.

    If I was the president of the Buffalo Sabres, I would have hired on a goon from the East Coast league and donated a couple of millions of dollars to his estate and told him, not to fight Lucic cleanly, but to fight him like he plays the game. Hit him with the butt end of his stick in the face and then pound on him with his gloves on. The problem would then be solved. Boston would have learned a lesson not to mess with Buffalo.