In this morning’s edition of notable NHL headlines: Milan Lucic and Bruins win the rematch over Sabres… Kings Doughty fined for hit on Blues winger T.J. Oshie…Minnesota Wild maintain best record in the league…Alexander Semin bounces back from healthy scratch…Antti Niemi shuts out his former team…Ducks struggles continue…Rangers Deveaux could face suspension for elbow on Tomas Fleischmann…Jaromir Jagr aggravates groin injury…Avalanche sinking.
BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins won on the scoreboard and on the fight card, downing the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in a shootout for their tenth consecutive win. Milan Lucic, the villain in their previous game against the Sabres for running goalie Ryan Miller, won his game-opening scrap against Buffalo’s Paul Gaustad.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t think anyone’s surprised this game was a rough one, but it was also a close game. I think we can expect more of this between the two teams as the season goes on.
BND.COM: The NHL fined LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty $2,500.00 for his cross-check which drove St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie into the boards in a recent game between the two teams.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doughty is now considered a “previous offender”, next time, he’ll face suspension.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild dominated the third period once again, for the seventh time in their last 11 victories since October 20th, defeating the Nashville Predators 3-2, maintaining the best record in the league.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s right, gang, the Wild have the best record in the league. They’re still accused of playing boring hockey, but there’s no denying the result so far.
WASHINGTON POST: Alexander Semin bounced back from being a healthy scratch in the Capitals previous game, opening the scoring as his club would go on to beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3.
MERCURYNEWS: San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi made 34 saves, blanking his former team, the Chicago Blackhawks, by a 1-0 score.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports the struggling Colorado Avalanche’s 3-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks indicates things are getting grimmer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avs could be facing a shakeup, either via trade or a coaching change, if things don’t improve soon.
PHILLY.COM: Jaromir Jagr re-aggravated a groin injury in last night’s 4-3 Flyers win over the NY Islanders.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks woes continue, falling 4-2 to the Phoenix Coyotes, extending their current losing skid to 5 games, their 14th loss in their last 16 games.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers forward Andre Deveaux could face suspension for elbowing Florida forward Tomas Fleischmann in the head.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After watching the video, I think “will be” facing a suspension is more like it.