Red Wings lose Niklas Kronwall in win over Avalanche, Bruins beat Tim Thomas and Panthers, Penguins down Flyers, Stars edge Sharks, Kings nip the Predators, Lightning down the Wild, and Rangers captain Ryan Callahan sidelined again.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings handed the Colorado Avalanche their first loss of the season, downing the Avs 4-2. It was a costly win for the Wings, losing defenseman Niklas Kronwall to injury after he was pushed into the boards by Avs forward Cody McLeod. Kronwall suffered a “mild concussion”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Though Kronwall took the blame for the injury by noting he put himself in an awkward position, his teammates felt otherwise, believing McLeod should’ve let up on the hit. It’ll be interesting to see if McLeod receives supplemental discipline for the incident.
BOSTON HERALD: Reilly Smith’s late goal lifted the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win over former teammate Tim Thomas and the Florida Panthers. It was Thomas’ first game against his former club, but he acquitted himself well, making 37 saves and keeping the Panthers in the game.
STLTODAY.COM: T.J. Oshie potted the winner in a shootout as the St. Louis Blues nipped the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves while Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each had a goal and an assist as the Penguins downed the hapless Philadelphia Flyers 4-1, pushing the latter’s record to 1-7.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars held Joe Thornton, Brent Burns and Tomas Hertl scoreless to down the San Jose Sharks 4-3 in a shootout.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Anze Kopitar scored in a shootout lifting the LA Kings to a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators. It was the Kings fourth win in five game.
TAMPA TRIBUNE: Ben Bishop made 25 saves and Steven Stamkos netted the insurance goal as the Lightning downed the Minnesota Wild 3-1.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers captain Ryan Callahan has been sidelined one month with a broken thumb. Callahan only recently returned to action from off-season shoulder surgery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a tough loss for the Rangers, who are already playing without Rick Nash and Carl Hagelin.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams will be recapped in Canadian Corner.