Recaps of Tuesday’s games featuring American NHL teams, plus the latest on Corey Perry, Ilya Bryzgalov and Martin Brodeur.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/STARTRIBUNE.COM: Luca Sbisa’s third period goal was the winner as the Anaheim Ducks edged the Minnesota Wild 2-1, but all the talk was about Corey Perry’s blindside hit on Jason Zucker of the Wild. Perry could be facing a suspension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Two teams heading in different directions in the Southeast. Despite losing starting goalie Cam Ward to a knee injury, the Hurricanes have played well, while the Capitals continue to flounder, running out of time to gain ground in the division and conference standings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Allen keeps playing like that, he can start apartment hunting in St. Louis, and Brian Elliott can forget about playing another game this season.
BUFFALO NEWS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Jhonas Enroth, filling in for a sidelined Ryan Miller (sinus infection), made 32 saves as the Buffalo Sabres downed the NY Rangers 3-1. The loss sparked a post-game tirade from Rangers coach John Tortorella, who said his team “sucked at a time that you can’t suck”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Colorful language from Tortorella, and an accurate assessment of his club’s performance.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been that kind of season for the Panthers. Even in the rare occasion they out-play an opponent, they lose.
PHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov believes his club’s upcoming home-and-home series against the New Jersey Devils are crucial toward saving their season. If the Flyers lose both games, Bryzgalov thinks their season is done.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bryzgalov gets grief for his outspokenness, but in this instance, I believe he’s correct.
NEW YORK POST: New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur skated in practice Tuesday for the first time since hurting his back on February 24, but has no timetable yet for his return.