Sidney Crosby’s hat trick powers Penguins to victory, rookies Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones pot their first NHL goals, Loui Eriksson gets his first goal as a Bruin, Alex Steen has a four-point game, updates on Scott Hartnell and Vincent Lecavalier, and more.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Sidney Crosby’s hat trick lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Steven Stamkos also scored for the Lightning.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Patrick Kane had the game-winner as the Chicago Blackhawks nipped the Buffalo Sabres 2-1. Ryan Miller made 38 saves in a losing cause for the winless Sabres.
MLIVE.COM: Three power-play goals carried the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. “Niklas Kronwall and Pavel Datsyuk each had a goal and two assists. Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals and added an assist. Daniel Alfredsson contributed three assists.”
CSNPHILLY.COM: Flyers forward Scott Hartnell will miss 2-4 weeks to an upper-body injury, while Vincent Lecavalier is sidelined one week to a lower-body injury.
BOSTON HERALD: Loui Eriksson’s first goal as a Bruin stood up as the game-winner as Boston downed the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1.
STLTODAY.COM: Alex Steen’s four-point game (1 goal, 3 assists) powered the St. Louis Blues to a 5-3 win over the NY Rangers.
DENVER POST: Nathan MacKinnon scored his first NHL goal as the Colorado Avalanche downed the Washington Capitals 5-1.
THE TENNESSEAN: Seth Jones also scored his first NHL goal as the Nashville Predators edged the NY Islanders 3-2.
TWINCITIES.COM: Matthew Dumba and Justin Fontaine scored their first NHL goals to help the Minnesota Wild defeat the Dallas Stars 5-1.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Despite playing on the third line, Jeff Skinner leads the Carolina Hurricanes in scoring.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Phoenix Coyotes signed free agent center Jeff Halpern to a one-year, two-way contract.