Recaps of Sunday’s NHL games, plus updates on Jamie Benn, Brad Stuart, Patric Hornqvist, Jason Arnott and more.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE/MLIVE.COM: Nick Leddy’s overtime goal not only gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, but also a franchise-best season-opening record of 6-0-0. Corey Crawford made 29 saves for the win. Johan Franzen, who narrowly avoided serious injury after being accidentally speared in the ribs by Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland, scored the sole goal for the Red Wings.
WASHINGTON POST/BUFFALO NEWS: Alexander Ovechkin’s first goal of the season stood as the winner as the Washington Capitals edged the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 for their first victory of the season. Joel Ward had a goal and assist for the Capitals, while Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno tallied for the Sabres.
TAMPA BAY TIMES/PHILLY.COM: Martin St. Louis (4 assists), Teddy Purcell (1G, 2A) and Steven Stamkos (1G, 1A) powered the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. It was team captain Vincent Lecavalier, engaged in his first fight since 2009 by scrapping with Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn early in the first period, who earned the plaudits of his teammates. Lecavalier would score later in the period to give the Bolts a 3-1 lead.
STLTODAY.COM/STARTRIBUNE.COM: The St. Louis Blues overcame a 3-1 deficit to down the Minnesota Wild 5-4 in overtime. David Perron, Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk had two assists each, while Vladmir Sobotka scored the game-winner. Zach Parise had a three-point night (2 G, 1A), while Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley also scored for the Wild.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wild’s signing of Parise has certainly paid off in the early going, as he leads the club in scoring with 9 points. Unfortunately, the bulk of the Wild’s offense is coming from him and his linemates Heatley and Koivu. They’ll need more scoring elsewhere in the lineup if they hope to make a serious bid for the playoffs.
Recaps of the Penguins-Senators, Devils-Canadiens, Jets-Islanders and Canucks-Sharks games can be found in “Canadian Corner”.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The defending Stanley Cup champion LA Kings aren’t concerned by their slow start to this season, remaining confident of their chances of defending the championship.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The off-season additions of Jordan Staal, Alexander Semin and Dan Ellis have made a big impact on the Carolina Hurricanes so far.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars hope recently re-signed Jamie Benn’s work visa paperwork will be approved in time for him to join the lineup tonight.
THE TENNESSEAN: The loss of scoring forward Patric Hornqvist to a lower-body injury is a significant blow to the Nashville Predators offense.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: San Jose Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart won’t face supplemental discipline for his hit on Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on Saturday.
NEW YORK POST: Jason Arnott’s contract with the New York Rangers has been nullified after he failed a team medical on Sunday. Arnott and the Rangers had agreed to a one-year deal on Saturday pending medical clearance.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Glendale officials have no idea if prospective Phoenix Coyotes buyer Greg Jamison can complete his purchase of the club by the January 31 deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And the beat goes on…