Recaps of Thursday’s games featuring American NHL teams, plus the latest on Patrick Sharp and Ryan Suter.
WASHINGTON POST/SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Washington Capitals scored four goals in the opening 8.10 of the first period to crush the hapless Florida Panthers 7-1. Alexander Ovechkin and Mike Ribeiro each had a goal and two assists for the Capitals. Florida’s Tyson Strachan could face suspension for a blindside hit on Jason Chimera.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp could miss at least three weeks with a separated shoulder.
THE TENNESSEAN: Former Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter expects a chilly reception from Predators fans, as he returns to Nashville for the first time to face his former team as a member of the Minnesota Wild.