Game recaps, including the Stars tribute to Brenden Morrow, the Ducks winning streak ends, James Neal collects a hat trick, Ryan Miller makes his case for Team USA and Wayne Simmonds is among the Flyers leading scorers.
STLTODAY.COM: Kevin Shattenkirk scored his third game-winning goal of the season lifting the weary, injury-depleted St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 overtime win over the Dallas Stars. During the game, the Stars held a video tribute for former captain Brenden Morrow, who now plays for the Blues.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: The San Jose Sharks snapped the Anaheim Ducks’ 10-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory. Logan Couture scored his 100th career NHL goal and Sharks call-up Bracken Kearns tallied his first.
TRIBLIVE.COM: James Neal scored a hat trick as the Pittsburgh Penguins downed the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3. No Penguins were injured over the course of the game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I mention this because the Penguins so far this season hold the dubious honor of leading the NHL in man-games lost to injury (220 and counting). Incredibly, they continue to find ways to win.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves backstopping the New York Rangers to a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lighthing. Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider and Benoit Pouliot scored three unanswered power-play goals for the comeback win.
NEWSDAY: Kyle Okposo scored twice as the New York Islanders rallied from a three-goal deficit to upset the Minnesota Wild 5-4.
BUFFALO NEWS: Ryan Miller made his strongest case yet for inclusion on Team USA at the Sochi Olympics with a 49-save performance in the Sabres 2-1 shootout triumph over the Washington Capitals.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise may have suffered a stress fracture in his foot. That could sideline him four-six weeks.
PHILLY.COM: Wayne Simmonds is on a scoring tear for the Flyers, leading the club in goals and sitting third overall in points.
DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings GM Ken Holland will (reluctantly) strap on the pads for Tuesday’s Red Wings-Maple Leafs alumni game. Holland played three games for the Wings back in 1983-84.