Game recaps, Islanders owner Charles Wang in talks to sell his shares, the Blue Jackets lagging attendance and TV ratings, and more.
STLTODAY.COM: T.J. Oshie tallied a hat trick as the St. Louis Blues romped to a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.
BOSTON HERALD: Patrice Bergeron scored twice and Tuukka Rask recorded his league-leading 7th shutout as the Boston Bruins blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Drew Doughty potted the game winner as the LA Kings won their club record-tying eighth-straight road win downing the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2. It was a costly loss for the Penguins, as Marcel Goc was sidelined with an apparent left foot injury. The Penguins lead the NHL in man-games lost to injury.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Sami Salo scored the game-winning goal as the Tampa Bay Lightning needed a thirteen round shootout to defeat the NY Islanders 3-2. It was also reported last night Islanders owner Charles Wang was in talks to sell his majority stake in the team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wang previously listed the price tag for selling the Islanders at $300 million. It’ll be interesting to see how much of an asking price he’s placed on his majority shares, especially with the Isles moving to Barclays Center after next season.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Thomas Greiss made 26 saves backstopping the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-2 shootout victory over the New Jersey Devils.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Jiri Tlusty’s two goals lifted the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-0 shutout of the Florida Panthers, who lost goalie Roberto Luongo following a collision with Hurricanes forward Radek Dvorak.
THE TENNESSEAN: Shea Weber scored twice to lead the Nashville Predators to a 6-1 thumping of the Buffalo Sabres.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins widen their overall lead over the Penguins in the Eastern Conference by nine points. The Lightning were unable to overtake the Canadiens for second in the Atlantic Division. The Devils remain four points out of playoff contention in the Eastern Conference. In the Western Conference, the Blues remain the top NHL team, staying one point over the Bruins in the overall standings. The Coyotes opened a five-point lead over the Dallas Stars and move within one point of the Wild. The Coyotes and Wild hold the final two playoff berths in the Conference.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets have improved but their attendance and TV ratings remain among the league’s worst.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Blue Jackets clinch a playoff berth this season it’ll go a long way toward boosting attendance and ratings for next season. The Jackets are currently clinging to one of the wild card playoff berths in the Eastern Conference.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Unlike his talented younger brother Jamie, Stars defenseman Jordie Benn has had a more interesting path to the NHL.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals forward Brooks Laich underwent successful groin surgery 10 days ago and is optimistic about improving his performance.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: Sharks forward Adam Burish (finger surgery) is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season.