Game recaps, including Jaromir Jagr and Sidney Crosby reaching scoring milestones, Stephane Robidas suffers a serious leg injury, former NHLer Guillaume Latendresse facces retirement, and more.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Goaltender Corey Crawford collected his 100th career NHL victory as the Blackhawks edged the Dallas Stars 2-1 in an 11-round shootout, with Ben Smith scoring the winner. The victory was overshadowed by an injury to Stars veteran defenseman Stephane Robidas, who suffered a fracture of his right leg.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Losing Robidas, an under-rated blueline workhorse, is a serious blow to the Stars defense corps.
BOSTON HERALD: Bruins captain Zdeno Chara had a “Gordie Howe hat trick” (goal, assist, fight) leading his club to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: Brent Burns collected his first career hat trick leading his San Jose Sharks to a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves for his 26th career shutout and Sidney Crosby tallied his 700th career point as the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0.
DENVER POST: The unexpected return of Zach Parise to the Minnesota Wild couldn’t prevent them falling 3-1 to the Colorado Avalanche. Jan Hejda, Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog were the Avs goalscorers.
MLIVE.COM: Darren Helm and Daniel Alfredsson both scored twice while Jimmy Howard made 29 saves the Detroit Red Wings shut out the New York Islanders 5-0.
NJ.COM: Four third period goals, including Jaromir Jagr tying Steve Yzerman on the NHL all-time goalscoring list with his 692nd, lifted the New Jersey Devils to a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a safe assumption I’m not the only one hoping Jagr reaches the 700-goal mark. The 41-year-old also has 22 points in 26 games this season.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Phoenix Coyotes have recalled defenseman Rostislav Klesla, whom they demoted earlier in the week, but he might not be back in the lineup for long.
RDS.CA: After playing only 12 games for Switzerland’s Zurich Lions, oft-injured former NHL forward Guillaume Latendresse faces the specter of retirement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once considered a promising power forward, a series of injuries (including a concussion, back and neck injuries) derailed Latendresse’s career. Here’s hoping things work out better for him in his post-playing career.
CBC.CA: An infographic chart of the NHL’s highest earners this season.