Porter, Leino suspended…No supplemental discipline for Ovechkin…Wild and Kings heading in different directions…Flyers vault to first in East…Theodore blanks Bruins…Datsyuk injury not serious…Hossa reaches notable career milestone…Blues now fourth in West…Anisimov retires for goal-scoring gesture…Devils lose Greene to injury…Deal close for MLSE?
KUKLA’S KORNER: Colorado Avalanche forward Kevin Porter suspended four games for knee-on-knee hit to Vancouver’s David Booth.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Buffalo Sabres forward Ville Leino suspended for one game for elbowing Philadelphia’s Matt Read in the head.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin won’t face supplemental discipline for an apparent spear to Ottawa’s Chris Neil on Wednesday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A decision which will only stoke a growing opinion the NHL has one set of rules for disciplining its stars, and one for disciplining others. That, however, overlooks the fact Ovechkin has already been twice suspended in his NHL career. While I believe Ovechkin should’ve been penalized on the play, I also believe there’s no conclusive proof it was an intentional spear, which is likely why he’s not facing supplemental discipline.
STARTRIBUNE.COM:Rookie Matt Hackett made 42 saves and got his second straight win in as many games, downing the LA Kings (who suffered their third straight loss since losing Mike Richards to injury) by a score of 4-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For those who are wondering, Matt Hackett is related to former NHL goalie Jeff Hackett. Matt’s his nephew.
PHILLY.COM: The Flyers edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 to move into first overall in the Eastern Conference.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers strong performance of late, despite the absence of Chris Pronger, should silence talk of them making a trade for more blueline depth.
MIAMI HERALD: Jose Theodore made 40 saves en route to a 2-0 shutout of the Boston Bruins.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock said a lower-body injury suffered by Pavel Datsyuk, which saw him sit out the third period of the Wings 5-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes, isn’t serious and he’s not expected to miss any games.
SUNTIMES.COM: Marian Hossa scored his 400th career goal as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the NY Islanders in OT 3-2.
STLTODAY.COM: The Blues downed the Anaheim Ducks 4-2, giving them points in 13 of 15 games under head coach Ken Hitchcock, moving them from 14th to 4th overall in the Western Conference.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hitchcock has done a terrific job with the Blues so far, as they’re finally playing up to expectations.
NEW YORK TIMES: Rangers forward Artem Anisimov apologized for pretending to fire his stick following a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which sparked a melee between the two clubs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’s not expected to be disciplined for the gesture.
NJ.COM: Devils defenseman Andy Greene will miss four weeks to a toe fracture.
CBC.CA: Bell Media, Rogers are reportedly close to a deal to purchase the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan shares of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This isn’t the first time Rogers was reportedly close to buying a majority stake in MLSE. Time will tell if, this time, it’s actually going to happen.
**UPDATE** Done deal, Rogers and Bell will get nearly an 80 percent stake in MLSE.