Blackhawks edge Rangers…Zetterberg, Filppula rally Red Wings past Kings…Panthers gain crucial point in shootout loss to Penguins…Ilya Bryzgalov finally getting some love in Philly…Mike Green suspended three games…Erik Cole fined for slew-foot…Dustin Tokarski auditioning in goal for Lightning.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks scored three goals in just over six minutes in the third period to down the NY Rangers 4-3.
DETROIT NEWS: Henrik Zetterberg (two goals, one assist) and Valtteri Filppula (one goal, two assists) dominated as the Red Wings rallied to defeat the LA Kings 4-3.
MIAMI HERALD: Jose Theodore made 33 saves in a losing cause as the Florida Panthers fell 2-1 in a shootout to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but the Panthers gained a valuable point to widen its lead to 3 points over Washington and Winnipeg for the Southeast Division lead.
BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres continue to find goals hard to come by on the road, averaging over 1 1/2 goals per game, and shut out of 12 of their last 32 road games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If that stat doesn’t improve over their remaining games of the season, it could be what ultimately kills their playoff hopes.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov’s recent hot streak over his last ten games (7 wins, 2.17 GAA, .921 SP) is finally earning him some love from the Flyers faithful.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like he’s finally found the peace in his heart to play there…;)
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals defenseman Mike Green was suspended three games for his hit on Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brett Connolly.
NBC SPORTS: Montreal Canadiens winger Erik Cole was fined $2, 500.00 for a slew-foot trip on Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Call-up goalie Dustin Tokarski is getting his shot to audition for a full-time job next season with the Lightning, filling in for injured Mathieu Garon as the club battles to keep its playoff hopes alive.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Tokarski can seize this opportunity and plays well over the remaining games in the Lightning’s season, it’ll go a long way toward earning a full-time job next season in their goalie tandem, especially if he were to backstop them into a playoff berth.