League fines Isles forward John Tavares, suspends Rangers forward Andre Deveaux…Red Wings snap Bruins win streak…Flyers rally over Habs…Alex Pietrangelo developing into top defenseman…Sabres fall to Blue Jackets…Capitals collapse against Rangers…Winter Classic Alumni Game rosters announced…Leafs majority ownership pulls team off market.
KUKLA’S KORNER: The NHL announced Friday NY Islanders forward John Tavares was fined $2,500.00 for slashing New Jersey Devils winger Zach Parise.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers forward Andre Deveaux was suspended for three games for elbowing Florida Panthers forward Tomas Fleischmann in the jaw during Wednesday’s Rangers-Panthers game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While there was apparently no “malicious intent” by Deveaux, he’s fortunate he didn’t seriously injure Fleischmann on the play. As for Tavares, he’ll now be considered a “previous offender” and could face suspension if he has a similar incident in future.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE: Sidney Crosby had three first period assists as the Penguins downed the Ottawa Senators 6-3.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So what’s the excuse today, Crosby haters? Are the Senators “not a real NHL team” like the Isles?
BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask played well but couldn’t prevent the Detroit Red Wings from snapping his team’s 10-game winning streak.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers coach Peter Laviolette’s between-period words inspired his team, who rallied from a 1-0 deficit for three unanswered goals in the second period to down the Montreal Canadiens 3-1.
BND.COM: Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo is turning into what Blues coach Ken Hitchcock calls a “1″ defenseman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pietrangelo’s development last season was among the reasons Blues management were willing to part with Erik Johnson in a trade with Colorado. It appears he’s rewarding their faith in him this season.
BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres offered up a listless effort in their 5-1 defeat to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals 6-3 loss yesterday to the NY Rangers exposes their self-destructive tendencies this season.
PHILLYBURBS.COM: The rosters have been announced for this season’s Winter Classic Alumni Game.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs will remain “pension plan puppets”, as the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, which owns the majority stake in the franchise, has taken the club off the market.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: All that hyperventilation by some in the Toronto media over the possibility of their precious Leafs being owned by -gasp! – Americans (cue swooning, calls for smelling salts, and cries of despair over loss of Canadian identity) was for nothing. Relax, my darlings, your delicate Canadian sensibilities won’t be trampled by damn Yankees anytime soon, despite the fact the GM is American…and your coach has dual citizenship…and your best player is American…