Game recaps, Patrick Kane having an MVP season, an update on Anton Volchenkov, the Penguins special teams, Bob Cole’s future on Hockey Night in Canada and more.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: Power play goals (two by Joe Pavelski and one by Tomas Hertl) lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild, snapping the Sharks four-game skid.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Mike Ribeiro and Rob Klinkhammer had three-point games leading the Phoenix Coyotes to a 6-3 win over the New York Islanders, giving the Coyotes eight wins in ten games against Eastern Conference clubs this season.
THE TENNESSEAN: Goals by Patric Hornqvist and David Legwand within one minute rallied the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Matt Calvert, Artem Anisimov and David Savard scored within the first 11.10 minutes of the opening period as the Blue Jackets downed the New York Rangers 4-2.
TBO.COM: The injury-depleted Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Detroit Red Wings 2-1, handing the latter their 11th shootout loss of the season.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
DAILYHERALD.COM: Chicago Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane is having an MVP-style season, with points in 19 of his last 20 games, ten of which were multi-point efforts.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since last season Kane has elevated his play and displayed a level of maturity which was previously missing from his game. Kane could be among the finalists for the Hart Trophy this season.
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils are breathing a sigh of relief after learning defenseman Anton Volchenkov wasn’t seriously injured after taking a blow to the back of his head during the Devils game against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday. The Devils are already short three blueliners (Bryce Salvador, Adam Larsson, Peter Harrold).
TSN: Legal analyst Eric Macramalla explains why it’s taking so long for the league to discipline Boston Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton for his attack last Saturday on Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thornton’s suspension is expected to be handed down today. I’m guessing it’ll be around 15 games.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The Penguins power play and penalty killing has them on pace for a 100-point season.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: TSN has re-signed hockey host James Duthie, and recently re-signed hockey insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger. They’re also negotiating with insider Pierre LeBrun and play-by-play man Chris Cuthbert. Rogers Sportsnet reportedly pursue Duthie aggressively but no formal offer was made to him.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons reports long-time Hockey Night in Canada play-by-play man Bob Cole said he hasn’t received a call from Rogers Sportsnet over his future with the program.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In the aftermath of Rogers Communication securing NHL national broadcast rights for the next 12 years there was talk of TSN’s hockey talent deserting for Sportsnet. Looks like that mass exodus won’t happen. As for Cole, the fact no one has contacted him yet about his future with HNiC doesn’t bode well for the 80-year-old commentator.