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