Game recaps, updates on Nathan MacKinnon, Daniel Alfredsson and Johan Franzen, NHLers going to Sochi concerned about safety, how they’re making the ice in Dodger Stadium, and Zach Parise models the U.S. Olympic uniform.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Two goals in four minutes by Dustin Penner and Patrick Maroon lifted the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings, handing the latter their fourth straight loss.

Alexander Steen scores against the Rangers.

Alexander Steen scores against the Rangers.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: The Blues rebounded from their 7-1 drubbing by the New Jersey Devils with a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers. Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves for the win.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to down the New York Islanders 6-4. Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz had three-point performances.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The surging Blues Jackets commemorated the 1000th game in franchise history with a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves for the win against his former team.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jackets are the hottest team in the NHL right now, riding an eight-game winning streak. They’ve also surged ahead of the Flyers into third in the Metropolitan Division.

TWINCITIES.COM: Jason Pominville and Matt Cooke scored the only goals the Minnesota Wild would need as they downed the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1. Goalie Darcy Kuemper made 33 saves for the win.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Three unanswered goals by Alexander Semin, Andrej Sekera and Jiri Tlusty lifted the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

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

DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche youngster Nathan MacKinnon is a contender for the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year.

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings could have Daniel Alfredsson (lower back inflammation) in the lineup tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. Johan Franzen (concussion) is improving but doesn’t know when he’ll return to action.

THE GLOBE & MAIL: Joshua Clipperton reports NHL players competing in the upcoming Sochi Olympics are concerned about security, while Eric Duhatschek examines the ice-making process for Saturday’s Dodger Stadium game between the Anaheim Ducks and LA Kings.

TWINCITIES.COM: Zach Parise models the U.S. official Olympic uniform.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He looks like a kid forced to wear something knitted by his mom.

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