Recaps of Saturday’s NHL games featuring American teams, the Penguins set an NHL record but lose Sidney Crosby, Sean Avery appears to lash out at John Tortorella, and more.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW/NEW YORK POST: The Pittsburgh Penguins set an NHL record for consecutive victories in one month (15) by blanking the NY Islanders 2-0. It came at a cost, however, as Sidney Crosby was struck in the mouth by a Brooks Orpik slapshot. He left the game to undergo dental surgery. The injury overshadowed Jarome Iginla’s debut with the Penguins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Crosby was held overnight in hospital for observation. Hopefully he doesn’t suffer any concussion symptoms.
PIONEER PRESS/LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Minnesota Wild overcame a two-goal deficit to down the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in a shootout. Zach Parise (1G, 1A) and Mikko Koivu (2 assists) led the way for the Wild, who move into a tie with Vancouver for first in the Northwest Division.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the NY Rangers stalled in the standings, the Capitals are now only two points out of a playoff berth.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars face a critical point of the season. Does management trade away its pending free agents by the April 3 deadline, or keep them and push for a playoff berth?
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Former Rangers pest Sean Avery posted a tweet appearing to call for the NY Rangers to fire coach John Tortorella.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some will dismiss anything the outspoken Avery has to say, but in this instance, I suspect he speaks for a majority of Rangers fans.
DETROIT NEWS: Newly signed defenseman Danny DeKeyser is joining the Red Wings lineup.