Rangers down the Devils at Yankee Stadium, Panthers rally against the Red Wings, plus the latest on Steve Mason, Niklas Backstrom, Tuomo Ruutu and more.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Mats Zuccarello scored twice as the New York Rangers scored six unanswered goals overcoming a 3-1 deficit to rout the New Jersey Devils 7-3. There were complaints about the ice surface (Devils goalie Martin Brodeur called it the worst he’s ever played on) and the game was delayed over a half-hour due to glare off the ice from the early afternoon sun. The Rangers victory overshadowed another milestone for Devils winger Jaromir Jagr, who took over sole possession of tenth overall on the NHL all-time assist lead.
MIAMI HERALD: Late goals by Drew Shore and Brad Boyes set the stage for Nick Bjugstad’s shootout winner as the Florida Panthers rallied to edge the Detroit Red Wings 5-4. Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg is day-to-day after suffering a back injury.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Saturday’s Anaheim Ducks-LA Kings game at Dodger Stadium drew rave reviews from Canadian hockey pundits.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers goalie Steve Mason is struggling to regain his confidence. “Mason has a 4.56 goals-against average, an .851 save percentage, and just one win in his last six starts – and has been pulled in three of them” writes Sam Carchidi. “Since signing a $12.3 million, three-year extension on Jan. 18, he has been pulled in two of his three starts.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In a word: yikes!
TWINCITIES.COM: Long-time Minnesota Wild starting goalie Niklas Backstrom is walking a fine line of trying to regain his role as the starter while acting as a mentor to rookie Darcy Kuemper.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: In their push for a playoff spot, the Carolina Hurricanes are hoping for more from forward Tuomo Ruutu.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins must address their lack of secondary scoring from their third-line players.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Landing a third-liner with a decent scoring touch is much easier to do than finding a top-line winger, and certainly less expensive, meaning they don’t have to move one of their better players in return.