Game recaps, plus updates on Steven Stamkos, Milan Lucic, Zach Parise and more.

Patrick Kane celebrates one of his two goals against the Kings.

Patrick Kane celebrates one of his two goals against the Kings.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Patrick Kane honored his late grandfather with two goals to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Kane learned of his grandfather’s passing before the game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Having recently lost two grandparent I know how Kane feels. My condolences to him and his family.

DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche Coach Patrick Roy’s decision to pull J.S. Giguere with over two minutes remaining in the third period paid off, as P.A. Parenteau scored the game-tying goal which set the stage for Ryan O’Reilly’s overtime winner as the Avs downed the New Jersey Devils 2-1.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Nick Foligno scored twice as the Columbus Blue Jackets double up the now-slumping Anaheim Ducks 4-2.

PHILLY.COM: Matt Read, Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux scored within two minutes and 45 seconds in the third period to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks.

NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise was named NHL first star of the week. Toronto Phil Kessel and Calgary’s Mikael Backlund were second and third stars.

TBO.COM: Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos (broken leg) hopes to return to action on Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: His performance in that game will determine if he’s recovered enough from his injury to play for Team Canada at the upcoming Sochi Olympics.

CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins winger Milan Lucic defended Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, claiming Luongo’s critics are being overly harsh.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Classy words from Lucic. He’s right, Luongo critics are too hard on the Canucks goalie.

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals GM George McPhee believes his club would be ten points better in the standings if it had better goaltending.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’s right. Holtby and Neuvirth simply haven’t been good enough so far this season.

STLTODAY.COM: The Blues have called up Dmitrij Jaskin to replace the injured Vladimir Sobotka.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Detroit city council will vote today on a new arena for the Detroit Red Wings.

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