Recaps of last night’s NHL games, the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes falls through again, the latest on Claude Giroux, and more.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE/NEW YORK POST: Tomas Vokoun made 28 saves backstopping the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-0 shutout of the New York Rangers. Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Simon Despres were the Penguins goalscorers.
BUFFALO NEWS/BOSTON GLOBE: Tomas Vanek had a five-point night (including a hat-trick) leading the Buffalo Sabres to a 7-4 win over the Boston Bruins. The Sabres rallied twice from deficits and took control of the game in the third period with four unanswered goals. Brad Marchand scored twice for the Bruins.
THE TENNESSEAN/LOS ANGELES TIMES: It took eight shoot-out rounds for the Nashville Predators to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1. Winger Sergei Kostitsyn potted the winner, and goaltender Pekka Rinne made 23 saves in regulation and overtime for the Predators.
STLTODAY.COM/COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Rookie sensation Vladimir Tarasenko netted his fifth goal of the season as the St. Louis Blues downed the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1. The Blues scored three goals in the first to chase Blue Jackets starter Sergei Bobrovsky from the net.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/NJ.COM: Brad Boyes scored in overtime to give the NY Islanders a 5-4 win over the New Jersey Devils in a wild contest which saw the Islanders give up the lead three times in regulation. Islanders coach Jack Capuano was struck in the face by a puck, requiring five stitches to close the wound. The Isles were also playing without forward Colin McDonald, sitting out the first of his two game suspension for boarding Ben Lovejoy of the Pittsburgh Penguins in a recent game. Earlier in the day, the Islanders also signed defenseman Brian Strait to a three-year, $2.3 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Recaps of the Washington-Toronto, Winnipeg-Florida, Colorado-Calgary and Edmonton-San Jose games can be found in “Canadian Corner”.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The plan to sell the Phoenix Coyotes to prospective buyer Greg Jamison has fallen through, once again casting the club’s future in Glendale in doubt. Jamison and “other suitors” will continue attempts to purchase the franchise with the intent of keeping it in Arizona.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: When Jamison was named as a prospective buyer last year, I believed it would bring an end to this saga. Now that he’s failed( after months of extensions) to come up with the money to complete the sale, I now believe the Coyotes days in Arizona are numbered. I feel no ill will toward the Coyotes or their fans, but this farce has gone on far too long. It’s time to explore other options, and if that means moving the franchise to Quebec City, Markham, Kansas City or Seattle before next season, so be it.
PHILLY.COM: The Flyers will place Claude Giroux on the same line as Daniel Briere in hopes of snapping Giroux out of his offensive funk.
TBO.COM: The Tampa Bay Lightning are the highest scoring team in the NHL, averaging 4.8 goals per game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Remains to be seen if they can maintain that torrid pace of the course of the season, but it is an impressive start.
TSN.CA’s Bob McKenzie yesterday reported the Pittsburgh Penguins claimed Zach Boychuk off waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes, while the Toronto Maple Leafs plucked Frazer McLaren off waivers from the San Jose Sharks.