Flyers upset the Penguins, plus the latest on Martin Brodeur, Jaromir Jagr, Marian Hossa, Rick Nash, Justin Peters, Adam McQuaid, Milan Hejduk and more.
PHILLY.COM: Brayden Schenn scored twice as the Philadelphia Flyers won their third straight game by downing the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1.
NOTE: Recaps of games involving Canadian NHL teams can be found in “Canadian Corner”.
NJ.COM: The strong play of veterans Martin Brodeur and Jaromir Jagr is credited with the New Jersey Devils recent 5-2-2 turnaround.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Still some life left in those 40-something future Hall of Famers after all, but the Devils need more from their younger players.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa has returned to form after taking steps to cope with a nerve injury in his back.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers winger Rick Nash (concussion) has returned to skating with his teammates at practice wearing a yellow “no-contact” jersey.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thought Nash claims he’s feeling fine, he and the team aren’t taking any chances. Of course, the Rangers improvement in recent weeks provides another reason not to rush him back into action.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Backup goalie Justin Peters has been a big reason for the Carolina Hurricanes’ recent 3-0-1 record.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin have returned to the lineup the Hurricanes will either return Peters to the AHL, or they could entertain trade offers for him. His status could be worth keeping an eye on in the next couple of weeks.
CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
DENVER POST: A Czech newspaper yesterday reported former Colorado Avalanche star Milan Hejduk will soon formally announce his retirement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hejduk’s retirement shouldn’t be unexpected. His performance has been in steady decline the past two seasons, and at 37 he had come to the end of the road. He finishes his 14- year NHL career with 375 goals and 805 points in 1,020 regular season games, along with 34 goals and 76 points in 112 playoff games, all of them with the Avalanche. He also won the Richard Trophy in 2003 as the NHL’s top goal-scorer and helped the Avalanche win the 2001 Stanley Cup, with 23 points in as many games during that championship run.
NBC SPORTS: Mike Halford runs down a list of potential GM candidates for the Buffalo Sabres, including Canadiens assistant GM Rick Dudley, former NY Rangers GM Neil Smith and Penguins capologist Jason Botterill
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Former NHL defenseman Bryan Berard helped the FBI nail two men charged with ten counts of fraud for bilking several NHL players (including Berard) of $15 million.