Recaps of most of Saturday’s NHL action, Steve Mason among the few bright spots for the Flyers, Barclays Center to pay Islanders millions to move, and Hall of Famer Allan Stanley passes away.
NOTE: Recaps of games involving Canadian NHL teams can be found in Canadian Corner.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Mike Smith became only the seventh goaltender in NHL history to actually shoot the puck into an opposing net for a goal to cap a 5-2 comeback victory by the Phoenix Coyotes over the Detroit Red Wings. Mike Ribeiro scored twice for the Coyotes.
BOSTON HERALD: Five different Bruins (David Krejci, Adam McQuaid, Patrice Bergeron, Chris Kelly and Shawn Thornton) scored and Tuukka Rask made 23 saves as the Boston Bruins blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-0.
DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche pushed their season-opening record to 7-1 with a 4-2 victory over the floundering Buffalo Sabres. Matt Duchene, Ryan O’Reilly and Paul Stastny were the game stars.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Promoted to the second line, Martin Erat collected three assists as the Capitals downed the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1. The game also saw a bizarre hit by Capitals forward Tom Wilson which wiped out three Blue Jackets players.
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Justin Williams (two goals, one assist) and Anze Kopitar (three assists) carried the LA Kings to a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Cory Schneider backstopped the New Jersey Devils to their first win of the season with a 4-0 blanking of the struggling New York Rangers.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Jiri Tlusty scored twice while Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner also tallied as the Carolina Hurricanes nipped the NY Islanders 4-3.
MIAMI HERALD: Tim Thomas got his 31st career shootout victory carrying the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild, snapping the Panthers three-game losing streak.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Lost amid the Philadelphia Flyers current struggles is the strong play of goaltender Steve Mason (2.37 GAA, .923 SP), who’s been one of their few bright spots this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s the craziest thing. When the Flyers are playing well their goaltending is questionable, and when they’re playing horribly, they get great goaltending.
ISLANDERS POINT BLANK: cited a recent report in the Wall Street Journal claiming Barclays Center will pay the NY Islanders millions per year to relocate to Brooklyn
TORONTO STAR: Former Maple Leaf and Hall of Famer Allan Stanley has passed away at 87. Stanley was a key member of the Leafs great teams in the 1960s, winning four Stanley Cups.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Condolences to Stanley’s family.