Capitals edge Lightning in OT…Stars could be ready to rule the Pacific Division…Predators down Avalanche…Ilya Kovalchuk’s hat trick powers Devils to win over Islanders…Flyers shut out Panthers…Gregory Campbell snaps scoring drought in Bruins win…Wild now has goalie depth woes…Blue Jackets down Kings…Niklas Kronwall not expecting a suspension…Penguins defensemen Michalek and Martin flourishing…
WASHINGTON POST: Alexander Ovechkin got the winner in OT as the Capitals edged the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2. Capitals defenseman Mike Green, however, could be facing a suspension for a questionable hit on Lightning winger Brett Connolly.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There was no penalty to Green on the play, and Connolly didn’t suffer a serious injury, but the head was the principle point of contact and it looked as though Green might’ve been able to let up on the play. We’ll see what NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan says.
STLTODAY.COM: The Blues took over first overall in the Western Conference and the overall standings, downing the Anaheim Ducks 3-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If I were a Blues fan, I’d be giddy over the club’s performance. Yes, they have an average road record, and lack star scorers, but this club has shown no signs of a letdown over the course of this season since Ken Hitchcock took over behind the bench. The Blues will be a very tough playoff opponent.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks gave them an 8-0-1 record in their last nine, and could signal a changing of the guard in the Pacific Division.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After dominating the division for the past four seasons, the Sharks are struggling this season, while the hungry, rebuilding Stars appear poised to take over as the top dog.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Predators downed the Colorado Avalanche 4-2, hoping the win gives them momentum for their upcoming game against the Detroit Red Wings.
NJ.COM: Ilya Kovalchuk’s hat trick power the Devils to a 5-1 victory over the NY Islanders.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kovalchuk continues to be the Devils best forward this season, and is on pace for an 83-point season.
BOSTON HERALD: Gregory Campbell got his first goal in 19 games, as the Bruins downed the Buffalo Sabres 3-1.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild’s injury woes continues, as this time goalie Josh Harding was forced from their 3-2 shootout win over Phoenix with a lower body injury.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: In the first meeting of the Blue Jackets and LA Kings since the Jackets shipped Jeff Carter to the Kings for Jack Johnson, it was Columbus which came out on top with a 3-1 victory. Johnson scored one of the Jackets goals, while Carter didn’t even get a shot on goal and was booed mercilessly every time he touched the puck.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kornwall hasn’t heard from NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan for his recent hit on Flyers forward Jakub Voracek and doesn’t expect he’ll receive a suspension.
PITTSBURGHLIVE.COM: Penguins defensemen Zbynek Michalek and Paul Martin have flourished since being split up as a defense pairing.