Recaps of Monday’s games featuring American teams, plus the latest on Joffrey Lupul, Sidney Crosby, Jaroslav Halak, B.J. Crombeen and more .
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/THE TENNESSEAN: Michal Rozsival scored the winner in a shootout as the Chicago Blackhawks nipped the Nashville Predators 3-2. The Blackhawks at one point led 2-0 but the Predators rallied to tie it and force overtime and a shootout. The win proved costly, however, as center Dave Bolland left the game with a lower body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One wonders if this loss by the Stars forces GM Joe Nieuwendyk into sell mode by tomorrow’s deadline.
DETROIT NEWS/DENVER POST: The Detroit Red Wings recovered from their 7-1 drubbing on Sunday by the Chicago Blackhawks by edging the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. The Wings took a 3-0 lead into the third, then held on as the Avalanche staged a two-goal rally.
NEWSDAY/NJ.COM: Josh Bailey, Travis Hamonic and John Tavares did the scoring as the NY Islanders downed the New Jersey Devils 3-1, handing the Devils their fourth straight loss. The win helped the Islanders keep pace with the NY Rangers for eighth overall in the Eastern Conference.
STLTODAY.COM/PIONEER PRESS: Goals by Andy McDonald and Kevin Shattenkirk broke a 1-1 tie and lifted the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. It was a costly win, however, as Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak suffered a lower-body injury and didn’t return.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Despite his jaw injury, Penguins star Sidney Crosby remain upbeat, and could be released from hospital today. He fortunately didn’t suffer any concussion symptoms, but it remains to be seen when he’ll return to action.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rumors suggests anywhere from four to eight weeks.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The Tampa Bay Lightning are slated to announce the re-signing of B.J. Crombeen to a two-year contract extension worth an average cap hit of $1.15 million per season.
NHL.COM: Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul, San Jose’s Antti Niemi and Edmonton’s Taylor Hall were last week’s three stars, while Sidney Crosby, P.K. Subban and Sergei Bobrovsky are the three stars of the month for March 2013.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers winger Tomas Fleischmann has put his health issues in check to become his club’s most reliable forward.