Bruins win again…Maple Leafs snap Rangers five-game win streak…Capitals fall to Panthers…Blackhawks comeback against Coyotes falls short…Injuries to Valtteri Filppula and Paul Stastny not serious…Bruce Boudreau to meet with Jonas Hiller over critical comments…Results from study of late Derek Boogaard’s brain…Lightning lose Kubina to injury…Jordin Tootoo awaits fate for running Ryan Miller…Ron Hextall unable to play in Flyers-Rangers alumni game…ESPN fires Matthew Barnaby.
BOSTON HERALD: The Boston Bruins held Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scoreless while stretching their unbeaten streak to 14-0-1 with a 3-1 victory over the Penguins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were shaken up by hits in this game (Crosby from running into teammate Chris Kunitz), but both stayed in the game. The Bruins have been nothing short of impressive during this unbeaten run.
NEW YORK POST: The Toronto Maple Leafs snapped the NY Rangers winning streak at five, downing the Blueshirts 4-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The highlight of this game was a bone-crunching hit leveled by Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf upon Rangers blueliner Michael Sauer (L), which was a textbook example of a hard, clean hockey hit.
WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals attempt to rally back from a 5-1 deficit against the Florida Panthers fell short, as the Panthers hung on for a 5-4 victory.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For those keeping track, the Caps currently have only one win under new head coach Dale Hunter.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks rallied from a 3-0 deficit against the Phoenix Coyotes but ultimately fell 4-3 in a shootout.
TAMPABAY.COM: A lower body injury to Pavel Kubina puts further stress on a Lightning defense which is missing veteran Mattias Ohlund to knee surgeries.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau will meet with goalie Jonas Hiller to discuss the goalie’s critical comments following Sunday’s 5-3 loss to Minnesota.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: A study of the brain of the late Derek Boogaard revealed evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This should continue the debate over hits to the head, as well as the NHLPA’s role in protecting its members.
BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres and Nashville Predators will await the decision today of NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan regarding Predators Jordin Tootoo running Sabres goalie Ryan Miller during a recent game between the two clubs. Tootoo had a meeting with Shanahan on Monday.
PHILLY.COM: Former Flyers goalie and current LA Kings assistant GM Ron Hextall won’t be able to attend the Flyers-Rangers Winter Classic alumni game.
PHILLY.COM: ESPN fired hockey analyst Matthew Barnaby after DUI incident over the weekend in which he was found behind the wheel of an SUV which was missing a front tire.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Barnaby’s DUI incident will make him the butt of jokes, especially in the hockey blogosphere, but there’s nothing funny about drunk driving. This isn’t Barnaby’s only brush with the law this year, and his behavior suggests he may need professional help regarding his drinking. Here’s hoping he gets the help he needs and gets his life back on track.