Sabres down the Hurricanes in first post-Olympic NHL game, plus updates on Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, John Tavares, Marian Gaborik and more.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Christian Ehrhoff scored twice, including the game winner with 44 seconds remaining in regulaion, and Ryan Miller made 36 saves as the Buffalo Sabres edged the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin apologized to Russian hockey fans for the poor showing of the Russia’s men’s hockey team at the Sochi Olympics.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin remains angry over the meltdown of Russia’s men’s hockey team in Sochi.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe Ovechkin and Malkin can be forces for positive change in Russian hockey in the coming years.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: NY Islanders superstar John Tavares won’t require surgery to repair a partially torn MCL in his left knee. Tavares suffered the season-ending injury play for Canada’s men’s hockey team at the Sochi Olympics.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets forward Marian Gaborik (broken collarbone) has yet to be medically cleared to return to action but it appears to be merely a formality.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks will continue to keep an eye on veteran forward Marian Hossa, who has a history of nagging injuries.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Vincent Lecavalier is adjusting from being a center to a winger with the Flyers.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak hopes to put his poor showing with Slovakia at the Olympics behind him.
TWINCITIES.COM: Young goalie Darcy Kuemper has helped the Minnesota Wild stave off disaster between the pipes this season.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: Raffi Torres is set to return to the San Jose Sharks lineup after missing most of this season to knee surgery.