Sidney Crosby to return Thursday against NY Rangers…Steven Stamkos pots historic 50th goal in Lightning win over Bruins…Blackhawks rally against Blues…Shorthanded Rangers down Hurricanes…Ilya Bryzgalov gets third straight shutout in win over Devils…Stars Kari Lehtonen gets second straight shutout…Kings clip Red Wings…Capitals bounce back against Islanders…Hybrid icing to be introduced next season…Tyler Myers gets three-game suspension…Cody Hodgson still seeks first point as a Sabre.
POST-GAZETTE.COM: Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will be returning to action on Thursday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. He could be joined by defenseman Kris Letang, who’s also been sidelined by post-concussion symptoms.
TBO.COM: Steven Stamkos scored twice, including his league-leading 50th goal, as the Lightning thumped the Boston Bruins 6-1. Stamkos becomes only the sixth player in NHL history to reach the 50-goal mark twice before his 23rd birthday, joining Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Joe Nieuwendyk and Alexander Ovechkin.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks rallied from a 3-1 deficit to edge the St. Louis Blues 4-3 in a shoot-out. It wasn’t all bad news for the Blues, as sale of the club to a group led by current minority owner Tom Stillman is said to be progressing, and the league is confident it’ll be completed in a matter of weeks.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The short-handed Rangers (missing Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan and Michael Del Zotto) were carried by the line of Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin to a 4-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Ilya Bryzgalov notched his third consecutive shutout as the Flyers downed the New Jersey Devils 3-0.
ESPN DALLAS/FORT WORTH: Kari Lehtonen got his second straight shutout as the Stars edged the Minnesota Wild 1-0, their sixth straight win and their 10th in their last 11 games.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings kept their playoff hopes alive, downing the slumping Detroit Red Wings 5-2.
WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the NY Islanders in a shoot-out 5-4, opening a four-point lead over the ninth-place Buffalo Sabres.
KUKLA’S KORNER: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers received a three-game suspension for boarding Montreal Canadiens center Scott Gomez.
BUFFALO NEWS: Cody Hodgson has yet to notch his first point with the Sabres.
ESPN.COM: The NHL is expected to introduce hybrid icing next season.