Recaps of Saturday’s NHL games, plus the latest on Teemu Selanne, Patrick Marleau, Ryane Clowe and Lubomir Visnovsky.
MERCURYNEWS.COM/DENVER POST: Patrick Marleau’s two goals tied Cy Denneny’s 95-year-old NHL record for most consecutive season-opening multi-goal games (four), as the San Jose Sharks blanked the Colorado Avalanche 4-0. The game was also notable for Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart leveling Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog with a shoulder hit to the head, which could result in supplemental discipline for Stuart. In other Sharks news, forward Ryane Clowe confirmed he’s begun preliminary contract extension talks with the club. (Hat tip to GJ Berg for the link).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Regarding the Stuart-Landeskog hit, that was considered a suspension last season if it appeared the head was deliberately targeted. Should be interesting to see what the league’s decision will be. Landeskog was initially shaken up by the hit but did return to action, and Stuart is not known as a “headhunter”. His previous NHL suspension was way back in March 2001.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/AZCENTRAL.COM: Anze Kopitar scored twice and Jonathan Quick made 31 saves as the Los Angeles Kings downed the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2 for their first win of the season. Rookie defenseman Jake Muzzin had two points (1G, 1A) and a team-high plus-minus of +4 for the Kings. Shane Doan and Mikkel Boedker scored for the Coyotes.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/THE TENNESSEAN:
Bobby Ryan Corey Perry scored the winning goal in a shootout as the Anaheim Ducks edged the Nashville Predators 3-2. Ducks backup Viktor Fasth made 19 saves in his NHL debut. The loss was costly for the Predators, as forward Patric Hornqvist left the game with an apparent leg injury. Ducks ageless winger Teemu Selanne, who had an assist in the game, told the Los Angeles Times how his body recovers from this shortened season will determine if he retires or returns for another season.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE/COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Chicago Blackhawks tied a team record for consecutive season-opening wins (five), nipping the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2. Jonathan Toews scored the game-winning while Patrick Kane picked up two assists. Mark Letestu and Artem Anisimov tallied for the Blue Jackets, who are winless in their last four games.
STLTODAY.COM/DALLAS MORNING NEWS: David Perron’s two-goals led the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 win over the injury-riddled Dallas Stars. Wade Redden also scored in his Blues debut. Michael Ryder was among the goalscorers for the Stars, who were missing veterans Jaromir Jagr, Ray Whitney and Derek Roy to injury. Recently re-signed forward Jamie Benn is expected to rejoin the lineup on Monday.
PHILLY.COM/MIAMI HERALD: Matt Read’s first career NHL hat trick powered the Philadelphia Flyers to a lopsided 7-1 win over the struggling Florida Panthers. Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves for the Flyers, while Peter Mueller had the only goal for the Panthers, who have lost four straight.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Recaps of the Maple Leafs-Rangers and Edmonton-Calgary games can be found in “Canadian Corner”.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The agent for wayward NY Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky said his client would rejoin the team on February 11, citing “personal medical reasons within his immediate family.”