Game recaps, plus the latest on Evgeni Malkin, Pekka Rinne, Steve Downie, Darren Helm and more.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Marc-Andre Fleury kicked out 44 shots while Sidney Crosby had three assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins downed the San Jose Sharks 5-1. The Penguins got the win without Evgeni Malkin, who is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury suffered during practice on Thursday.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: A late goal by defenseman Marco Scandella lifted the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. The win gives the Wild a 12-3-2 record on home ice this season.
STLTODAY.COM: Power-play goals by David Backes, Derek Roy and Jay Bouwmeester carried the St. Louis Blues to a 5-1 win over the hapless NY Islanders.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rick Nash scored on a breakaway and Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves as the New York Rangers downed the Buffalo Sabres 3-1.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Jeff Skinner’s hat trick powered the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators, who learned goalie Pekka Rinne will continue rehabbing his surgically repaired hip until December 20.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fortunately for the Predators, rookie goalie Marek Mazanec has done a good job filling in for Rinne, despite the loss to the Predators on Thursday.
PHILLY.COM: An unexpected benefit from the Flyers reacquiring Steve Downie is the positive effect he’s had upon young center Sean Couturier.
MLIVE.COM: Red Wings forward Darren Helm (shoulder injury) will be sidelined a week, but veteran Todd Bertuzzi has returned after missing six games to an upper-body injury.
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: The Anaheim Ducks have recalled David Steckel and Emerson Etem.