Maple Leafs defeat Red Wings at the 2014 Winter Classic, post-game analysis, Team USA roster unveiled, plus the latest on Keith Yandle, Erik Johnson, Patrik Elias, Corey Crawford, Nathan Horton, Tomas Hertl and more.
TORONTO SUN: Tyler Bozak’s shootout goal lifted the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at the 2014 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium before over 105, 000 fans. Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier’s 41 saves set a Winter Classic record.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons called this year’s Winter Classic a memorable experience for the Leafs, Wings and the fans in attendance.
DETROIT NEWS: Gregg Krupa considered Michigan Stadium the true start of the Winter Classic.
NATIONAL POST: Bruce Arthur believes it’s the spectacle’s beautiful, messy imperfections which help make the Winter Classic great.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun considers this year’s Winter Classic the best yet.
TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox cited Red Wings coach Mike Babcock’s description of the game (“A home run for hockey”) to describe the Winter Classic.
SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston cites fan passion makes the Winter Classic more than just a game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Media and fan consensus is the 2014 Winter Classic was a huge success. It also helped the game featured two Original Six franchises, was located near Ontario (the heart of “Leafs Nation”) and wasn’t a lopsided affair.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle was among the notable omissions for Team USA.
DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny made the cut but Erik Johnson did not.
NJ.COM: Patrik Elias avoided serious injury during Tuesday’s Devils-Penguins game but isn’t sure he’ll be ready for the Devils back-to-back games against the Blackhawks and Sabres.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks starter Corey Crawford returns to action tonight against the New York Islanders. Crawford was sidelined for ten games with a groin injury.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Nathan Horton could make his long-awaited debut with the Blue Jackets tonight when they face the Phoenix Coyotes. Horton signed with the Jackets last summer as an unrestricted free agent.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: San Jose Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl could be sidelined six to nine months with a knee injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If so that effectively finishes his season.
MIAMI HERALD: Last season’s last place finish and lack of free agent activity has resulted in attendance problems for the Florida Panthers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’ll give rise to the chorus calling for the Panthers relocation. With the club recently taken over by new ownership committed to keeping the Panthers in Florida they won’t be moving anytime soon.