Recaps of Tuesday’s games involving non-Canadian NHL teams, the Blue Jackets replace their GM, and a new study provides ominous news for the NHL.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/BOSTON HERALD: The Boston Bruins overcame a 3-0 deficit but fell to the New York Rangers 4-3 in a shootout. Rangers captain Ryan Callahan netted the winner for the Rangers, while Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves in regulation and overtime. Milan Lucic and Dennis Seidenberg each collected two assists in the Bruins regulation comeback. Earlier in the day, the Bruins signed free agent left wing Jay Pandolfo to a one-year, two-way contract worth $600K at the NHL level.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Andrew Cogliano scored late in the third and Corey Perry netted the winner as the Anaheim Ducks edged the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2. Viktor Fasth continued his strong play in goal for the Ducks by turning aside 28 shots in regular and overtime for the win, while Corey Crawford made 29 saves in a losing cause for the Blackhawks.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM/NJ.COM: For the second straight game, Jiri Tlusty scored twice in the third period to propel the Carolina Hurricanes to victory, this time a 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. Cam Ward was strong in goal again for the Hurricanes, making 26 saves for the win. Ilya Kovalchuk scored one of the Devils two goals.
THE TENNESSEAN/MERCURYNEWS.COM: Colin Wilson snapped a scoreless tie to give the Nashville Predators a 1-o win over the slumping San Jose Sharks, who’ve now dropped six straight games. Pekka Rinne made 26 saves for the shutout, while Antti Niemi kicked out 24 in a losing cause.
WASHINGTON POST/MIAMI HERALD: Alexander Ovechkin’s late power-play goal forced overtime and teammate Troy Brouwer potted the winner in the extra frame as the Washington Capitals downed the Florida Panthers 6-5. Mike Ribeiro had a three-point night (1G, 2A) for the Capitals, who overcame a 5-3 deficit for the win. Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice and Peter Mueller collected two assists for the Panthers.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets president John Davidson will meet with the media this morning at Nationwide Arena, where it’s believed he could announce the new general manager of the Blue Jackets. The club yesterday fired Scott Howson, and it’s expected they’ll replace him with former St. Louis Blues director of amateur scouting Jarmo Kekalainen.
ESPN.COM: The NHL’s new realignment plan could become a reality with the next two to three weeks, and would be implemented for next season. Unlike the league’s previous attempt, this time it’s working closely with the NHLPA on the new plan.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt we’ll see much difference from the league’s original proposal made in December 2011, and which is referenced in the aforementioned piece.
CANADIAN PRESS (VIA THE SCORE): A recent study of Canadian hockey fans revealed ominous news for the NHL’s season ticket and merchandise sales starting next season. Despite high ratings and sold out arenas in Canada in the wake of the NHL lockout, 39 percent of “very passionate” hockey fans polled are likely to spend less money on season tickets next season, 37 percent could spend less on merchandise and 35 percent could spend less on subscription-based TV viewing.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see if those percentages carry over into next season. If they do, the league’s revenues could suffer a substantial hit. Canadian fans account for nearly one-third of NHL revenue.
NEWSDAY: Despite adversities, New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro carries on.