Recaps of games involving non-Canadian teams, the Islanders could be up for sale, the Blackhawks skate with wound US veterans, and more.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/THE TENNESSEAN: Corey Perry’s shootout goal lifted the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators. It was the Ducks fourth consecutive victory. Ducks rookie Patrick Maroon’s first NHL goal tied the game late in the third to force extra time, and goalie Viktor Fasth made 30 saves in regulation and OT for the win. Predators captain Shea Weber scored his first goal of the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks are rolling with the league’s second-best record, currently sitting only two points behind the Conference-leading Chicago Blackhawks.
NEWSDAY/NORTHJERSERY.COM: John Tavares netted a hat trick leading the New York Islanders to a 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. Matt Moulson also had a big night, potting a goal and three assists, while Evgeni Nabokov made 30 saves for the win. Marek Zidlicky had the lone Devils goal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s the Isles second straight win coming off a lengthy losing skid, and could give them confidence moving forward.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC/COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Martin Hanzal’s two third-period goals snapped a 3-3 tie and lifted the Phoenix Coyotes to a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was a costly loss for the Blue Jackets, as Brandon Dubinsky left the game in the second period with an apparent knee injury.
TAMPA TRIBUNE/MIAMI HERALD: The Tampa Bay Lightning erased a 5-3 deficit in the third period to down the Florida Panthers 6-5 in overtime. Stephen Stamkos (2 G, 1A) and Teddy Purcell (1G, 2A) tallied those third period goals for the Bolts, and Benoit Pouliot (2 goals) had the winner. It was a heartbreaking loss for the Panthers who seemingly seized control of the game on early third period goals by Jonathan Huberdeau and Tomas Kopecky.
NEW YORK POST: New York Islanders owner Charles Wang is reportedly in talks with The Raine Group (a Manhattan investment bank) regarding the sale of the club. Wang is reportedly seeking $300 million, which is considered unrealistically high. The team’s move to Brooklyn’s Barclay Center in 2015 has apparently made them “salable”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word as of this morning from Wang, the Islanders or The Raine Group on this report. Hopefully we’ll learn more soon. I’ve heard from some Islanders fans who are hoping the report is true. While I understand the sentiment, it must be remembered Wang saved the team when he purchased it over a decade ago, and tried to get a new arena built to keep them in Nassau County, albeit on the taxpayers’ dime. Still, the Isles have been a running joke around the league for years now, and deserve an owner actually willing to invest in building and maintaining a winning roster, rather than one focused in sticking close to the cap floor.
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CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Chicago Blackhawks yesterday skated with wounded US veterans at Soldier Field.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: The booming shot of Penguins forward James Neal is humbling NHL goalies.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: An injury to Dallas Stars starting goalie Kari Lehtonen pushes backup Richard Bachman into the spotlight.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: One day after being demoted to the minors, forward Chris Kreider has been recalled by the NY Rangers.