Stars edge Coyotes, Doan could face suspension…Clemmensen backstops Panthers to 2-1 win over Flyers…Kings down Sharks…Blackhhawks pound Blue Jackets…Radulov arrives in Nashville…Setoguchi talks about his struggles this season…Boychuk’s long road to becoming established NHL defenseman…Rookie Foligno having a big impact with Sabres…Red Wings Howard sidelined by groin injury…Faulk’s rookie year a blur.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars edged the Phoenix Coyotes in a shoot-out 4-3 to take over sole possession of first in the Pacific Division. Coyotes captain Shane Doan is expected to face suspension for a blatant elbow to the face of Stars forward Jamie Benn.
MIAMI HERALD: The Panthers gave starter Jose Theodore the night off, and it paid off as backup Scott Clemmensen made 35 saves en route to a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. It was the Panthers fifth consecutive win, giving them a five-point lead over the idle Washington Capitals for first in the Southeast Division with a game in hand. If Panthers fans aren’t getting excited by now, they should be. Barring a stunning collapse over the next ten games, the Panthers will clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2000. And don’t scold me about potentially “jinxing” them! Only a tiny mind buys into such baseless voodoo.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards each had a goal and two assists as the Kings downed the San Jose Sharks 5-2, moving the Kings into a tie for eighth with the Phoenix Coyotes, with the Kings having the edge as they hold a game in hand over the Coyotes.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Marian Hossa got his 900th career point as the Blackhawks won their fourth straight game, downing the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1.
THE TENNESSEAN: Some guy named Radulov has landed in Nashville.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: A bizarre off-season accident was the start of Devin Setoguchi’s rough first season with the Minnesota Wild.
BOSTON HERALD: Perseverance led the Bruins’ Johnny Boychuk to achieve his dream of becoming an established NHL defenseman.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Rookie Marcus Foligno has played a significant part in the Sabres late-season push for a playoff spot.
DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard is day-to-day with a groin injury.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Hurricanes rookie blueline Justin Faulk’s rookie season has been a blur.
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