Recaps of games involving American NHL teams, plus the latest on Alexander Ovechkin, Cam Ward, Jose Theodore, Ilya Bryzgalov, Patrick Kaleta and more.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE/TAMPA BAY TIMES: Evgeni Malkin scored a tying goal to spark the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was Malkin’s first game back since suffering a concussion over a week ago. The Lightning also lost goaltender Mathieu Garon to a lower body injury during the second period.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC/ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Oliver Ekman-Larssen potted the game-winning goal as the Phoenix Coyotes edged the Anaheim Ducks 5-4 in a shootout. The loss spoiled a three-point performance by Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf (1G, 2A) and a two-point effort by Ducks winger Corey Perry.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes have lost goaltender Cam Ward for six-eight weeks to a knee injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes currently don’t intend to make a trade to replace Ward, looking for backup Dan Ellis and call-up Justin Peters to hold the fort until Ward’s return.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Jose Theodore will miss five-six weeks to a groin tear which won’t require surgery. He has likely played his final game with the Florida Panthers, as he’s an unrestricted free agent this summer and isn’t expected to be re-signed.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Panthers have called up Jacob Markstrom, so expect him to get a long look as the Panthers management evaluates its potential moves leading up to the trade deadline.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin is still trying to find consistency in his game.
PHILLY.COM: Ilya Bryzgalov is barely creating a ripple with his comments this season, in part because he’s no longer trying to seek media attention.
BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins coach Claude Julien supports Zdeno Chara’s retaliatory actions against Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin during their 4-3 loss on Sunday, even though they wound up costing the Bruins the game.
BUFFALO NEWS: The NHL has suspended Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta five games for boarding NY Rangers forward Brad Richards. It’s his third suspension since 2009.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kaleta had better change his ways, or he risks much lengthier suspensions in the future.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: David Shoalts reports approval of the proposed NHL realignment plan hinges on the NHLPA’s acceptance of the playoff format, and Sarah Hampson interviews former NHL forward Dominic Moore on the recent death of his wife to a rare form of liver cancer.