Scores and highlights from Monday’s NHL games, Tomas Holmstrom to announce his retirement, plus updates on Anze Kopitar, Carlo Colaiacovo and more.
DETROIT FREE PRESS/COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Detroit Red Wings spoiled the Columbus Blue Jackets’ home opener as rookie Damien Brunner scored a highlight-reel goal in a shootout to give the Wings a 4-3 win. The win proved a costly one for the injury-riddled Wings, as defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo suffered a shoulder injury and will be sidelined indefinitely.
MLIVE.COM: Long-time Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom will officially announce his retirement this afternoon.
STLTODAY.COM/THE TENNESSEAN: The St. Louis Blues rallied from a 3-2 deficit to nip the Nashville Predators 4-3 in a shootout. Brian Elliott’s replacement of a struggling Jaroslav Halak (3 goals on 11 shots) in the second period provided the spark to reverse the Blues fortunes. Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and two assists, Alex Pietrangelo netted the tying goal and Alex Steen the winner in the shootout. It was the Predators second straight shootout loss, falling 3-2 to Columbus in their season-opener over the weekend.
NEWSDAY/TAMPA TRIBUNE: The NY Islanders ran up a 4-0 lead then hung on to edge a rallying Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3. John Tavares had two assists for the Islanders, while Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos was among the goalscorers for the Lightning. Tampa Bay goalie Ander Lindback made 40 saves.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Highlights of the Sabres- Maple Leafs, Panthers-Senators, Jets-Bruins and Ducks-Flames games can be found in “Canadian Corner”.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter will face “a blast from the very recent past” when he faces off against his former team, the Nashville Predators, tonight.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: LA Kings forward Anze Kopitar is expected to rejoin the lineup tonight after recovering from a sprained knee. The Kings, however, received some bad news yesterday, as defenseman Matt Greene has been sidelined for the season with a back injury.
THE SPORTING NEWS: Liz Mullen interviewed NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, who has faded into the background since the new NHL CBA was ratified. Fehr discussed his status and his future plans, pointing out his contract with the PA doesn’t contain a term limit, while indicating he and his staff will be busy working with the league to finish writing up the new CBA, as the two sides are currently operating off a memorandum of understanding.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Buffery points out the rush of fans flocking back to NHL games could embolden the team owners to stage another lockout in the near future.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the NHL & NHLPA work to significantly improve their labour relationship to avoid further shutdowns like the recent lockout, we can expect another as soon as September 2019, when either side has the right to opt out of the current CBA.