Patrick Kane’s nifty shootout winner…Adam McQuaid could face suspension…Ducks defeat Coyotes…Travis Zajac poised to return to Devils…Flyers to update Chris Pronger’s status…Wild’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard avoids serious injury…Avalanche rookie Gabriel Landeskog looking great…Concern over rising number of concussions…Blackhawks Dave Bolland and Canucks coach Alain Vigneault trade barbs…Sean Avery gets a Twitter smackdown from a supermodel.
KUKLA’S KORNER: Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane potted a nifty game-winning goal in a shootout to end a very entertaining game between his club and the Minnesota Wild.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If these two teams have more games like this one, the Blackhawks could have themselves another rival, especially when the two teams end up in the same “conference” under the new realignment plan starting next season.
WEEI.COM: Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid could face a hearing and possible suspension for kneeing Ottawa Senators forward Nick Foligno.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Foligno stayed in the game and absolved McQuaid, his friend and former OHL teammate, which might be the defenseman’s saving grace.
OCREGISTER.COM: The Anaheim Ducks won only their second game under new head coach Bruce Boudreau, defeating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1.
NEW YORK POST: Center Travis Zajac is poised to return to the New Jersey Devils lineup.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Devils stayed competitive while Zajac was sidelined, and his return will provide a much-needed boost to their offense.
PHILLY.COM: The Flyers are expected today to update the status of defenseman Chris Pronger, who’s been sidelined by a concussion.
TWINCITIES.COM: Wild winger Pierre-Marc Bouchard did not suffer a concussion from being hit from behind by Winnipeg’s Zach Bogosian.
DENVER POST: Rookie forward Gabriel Landeskog has been a bright spot for the struggling Avalanche this season.
NEWSOBSERVERCOM: Luke DeCock wonders what more can be done to reduce concussions injuries in pro hockey.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One way could be to modify the players’ upper body equipment, especially the shoulder and elbow pads, which are encased in hard plastic. A study last season revealed over half of concussion injuries in the NHL were the result of bodychecks. While players are bigger and stronger in today’s NHL, and the game is played at a faster pace, the upper body equipment currently worn by today’s players could play a significant part in these injuries
SUNTIMES.COM: Chicago Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland called Vancouver’s Sedin twins “sisters” during an interview with a Chicago radio station, sparking Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault to question Bolland’s intelligence while mocking his facial features.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps Vigneault should’ve responded by saying, ” We’re rubber, you’re glue, it bounces off us and sticks to you”. Or maybe he just should’ve taken the high road and said, “no comment”. Oh well, at least both sides didn’t just spout boring cliches…
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Supermodel Kate Upton smacks down Sean Avery on Twitter.