Sunday’s NHL scores and more.
BUFFALO NEWS/PHILLY.COM: Thomas Vanek five points (2 goals, three assists) powered the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers have begun this season 0-2, but the fault doesn’t lie with goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who was solid between the pipes in both losses.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW/NEW YORK POST: Evgeni Malkin had three assists, including two on goals by James Neal, as the Pittsburgh Penguins doubled up the New York Rangers 6-3. Rick Nash scored his first goal as a Ranger in his Madison Square Garden debut. The Penguins emerge from the weekend with a 2-0 record, while the Rangers are 0-2.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE/ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Marian Hossa scored twice as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 6-4. Poor goaltending and defense were responsible for the Coyotes loss, dropping the club to an 0-2 record. Mike Smith wasn’t pleased with his performance, smashing his stick on a goalpost following the Blackhawks’ sixth goal.
The ‘Hawks received some bad news Sunday, as Dan Carcillo will be sidelined a month to a knee injury suffered in the club’s season-opener against the LA Kings. The injury was to Carcillo’s right knee, not the left which needed season-ending surgery last year.
TAMPA TRIBUNE/NEWSDAY: Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier will play his 1,000th career NHL game today as his club faces off against the NY Islanders. Jack Capuano, the Islanders head coach, hopes to be behind the bench today following kidney stone surgery on Sunday.
WASHINGTON TIMES: Capitals defenseman Tom Poti returned to action Saturday after spending two years recovering from a groin injury and fractured pelvis.
NOTE: The San Jose Sharks win over the Calgary Flames is covered in “Canadian Corner”.