Game recaps, plus the latest on Mike Green, Johan Franzen, Cam Ward, Jay Pandolfo and more.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Ryan Getzlaf had a Gordie Howe hat trick (including a career-high 26 goals) powering the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, giving the Ducks their 40th win in 56 games this season.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Jussi Jokinen had a three-point night as the Pittsburgh Penguins dumped the struggling Los Angeles Kings 4-1.
DENVER POST: Nathan MacKinnon’s late goal proved the winner as the Colorado Avalanche held off the Minnesota Wild with a 5-4 win.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Ryan Johansen scored twice as the Columbus Blue Jackets downed the Washington Capitals 5-2. Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin had a plus-minus of -5, while teammate Mike Green suffered what appeared to be an upper body injury. Green left the game but traveled with the club to Detroit and will be evaluated there.
NJ.COM: Patrik Elias scored his 16th career overtime goal to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars.
BUFFALO NEWS: Zemgus Girgenson’s short-handed goal was the game winner as the Buffalo Sabres edged the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen (concussion) has been forced to withdraw from the Olympics. He was to play for Sweden at the upcoming Sochi Games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word yet who will replaced Franzen on Team Sweden.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes have sent goaltender Cam Ward to their AHL affiliate on a conditioning stint. Ward is returning from a lower-body injury.
NHLPA.COM: NHL veteran Jay Pandolfo has retired after 15 seasons, 13 of which spent with the New Jersey Devils, where he won two Stanley Cups (2000, 2003). He played 899 games, scoring 100 goals and 226 points.