Game recaps, record ratings for this past weekend’s Stadium Series, plus updates on Steven Stamkos, Henrik Zetterberg, Vladimir Tarasenko and more.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Marc-Andre Fleury collected his 27th career shutout and Sidney Crosby picked up two assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the Buffalo Sabres 3-0.
BOSTON HERALD: Brad Marchand had a four-point night and Patrice Bergeron had three points as the Boston Bruins thumped the New York Islanders 6-3.
DENVER POST: Semyon Varlamov made 41 saves backstopping the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars. Tyler Seguin scored twice in a losing effort for the Stars.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Jonathan Quick made 23 saves and Anze Kopitar tallied the game’s only goal as the LA Kings shut out the San Jose Sharks 1-0.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Staal brothers rallied the Carolina Hurricanes from a 2-0 deficit to edge the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2. Eric Staal scored twice and Jordan Staal collected the game winner.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
NBC SPORTS: The recent outdoor games at Dodger Stadium and Yankee Stadium drew strong ratings.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Phoenix Coyotes chairman and governor George Gosbee hopes to convince the league to stage an outdoor game in Arizona.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The success of the Dodger Stadium game dispelled the notion an outdoor game wouldn’t work in the Sun Belt. The Coyotes, however, could wait a while to stage an outdoor game. The league prefers match-ups between competitive rivals.
CBC.CA: The NHL won’t commit to future Olympic participation beyond the Sochi Games, as officials see shutting down the league for Olympic participation not being good for business.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s why we’re hearing talk of resurrecting the World Cup of Hockey, which would be staged in September. That only cuts into pre-season. Enjoy these Olympics, NHL fans, as I expect they’ll be the last time we’ll see NHL players in the Olympics.
TBO.COM: Tampa Bay Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos expects plenty of media attention as he travels with his club on a four-game road trip, three games of which are in Canadian cities. Stamkos is recuperating from a broken leg and it remains to be seen if he’ll recover in time to play for Team Canada at the upcoming Sochi Olympics.
NBC SPORTS: Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen, Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist and Carolina’s Andrej Sekera were the NHL stars of the week.
MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings will be without Henrik Zetterberg (back) and Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) but should have Jimmy Howard back as they face off tonight against Philadelphia.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues sophomore forward Vladimir Tarasenko is displaying more of his talent this season.
NBC SPORTS: Marco Sturm has announced his retirement after a fifteen-year NHL career spent with San Jose, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington, Vancouver and Florida. He retires as the highest-scoring German player in NHL history, with 242 goals and 487 points.