Game recaps featuring non-Canadian NHL teams, plus updates on Patrice Bergeron, Dave Bolland and more.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: With Evgeni Malkin taking a game off to rest a nagging injury, Brenden Morrow stepped up with a goal and an assist as the Penguins downed the Florida Panthers 3-1.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Mike Richards power-play goal late in the second period snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted the LA Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Dan Girardi scored the game’s only goal in overtime as the NY Rangers edged the NY Islanders 1-0.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win moved the Rangers to within a point of the seventh overall Islanders, who remained ahead of the Blueshirts by virtue of gaining a point by losing in overtime. The win also opened a two-point cushion for the Rangers over the ninth overall Winnipeg Jets.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Eric Nystrom and Alex Chaisson scored, and Richard Bachman made 31 saves, as the Dallas Stars held on for a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks. The win moved the Stars into eighth overall in the Western Conference, tied with the Detroit Red Wings but holding that berth on the basis of more wins than the Wings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Two week ago, only the most die-hard Stars fans held out hope their club could still compete for a playoff berth. They’ve since won five straight games and are very much in the playoff chase.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Sergei Bobrovsky made 39 saves, Jason Pominville had a goal and an assist and Mark Letestu scored the winner as the Columbus Blue Jackets nipped the Minnesota Wild 3-2 in a shootout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jackets are in a three-way tie with the Stars and Red Wings, but are in 10th overall on the basis of losses. They’re another club very much in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race.
CSNWASHINGTON: The Washington Capitals blew leads of 4-0 and 5-1 but managed to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-5 in overtime for their seventh straight victory. Mike Green potted the winner in the extra frame.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The game also had a scary moment, as Lightning Nate Thompson’s visor was shattered by a Mike Green shot. Thompson was cut over his right eye, but returned to the game in the second period. The visor prevent Thompson from suffering a much worse injury.
NEWSOBERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes snapped a seven-game losing skid by doubling up the Boston Bruins 4-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The loss prevented the Bruins from regaining first in the Northeast as the Montreal Canadiens also lost last night. The Bruins got some good news, as Patrice Bergeron (concussion) could rejoin the lineup on Monday, and Swedish star Carl Soderberg has been cleared to join the Bruins after signing a three-year contract with the club. “The NHL ruled the Swedish Hockey Federation did not have grounds to prevent Soderberg from departing.”
PHILLY.COM: A weird goal by Christian Ehrhoff stood as the winner as the Buffalo Sabres blanked the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0.
CSNCHICAGO.COM: Dave Bolland rejoins the Blackhawks on their trip to St. Louis.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres owner Terry Pegula vows his struggling club will move forward and rebuild.
DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings recent scoring drought is hampering their efforts to clinch a playoff berth.
THE DENVER POST: Woody Paige believes Joe Sakic should take control of the Colorado Avalanche. Good luck with that!