Game recaps, including the Blackhawks losing Corey Crawford to injury, plus the latest on Martin Brodeur, Vincent Lecavalier, Valeri Nichushkin, the Red Wings young guns, the NHL Board of Governors meetings this week, and a former Bruins enforcer still feels the pain from his profession.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: A 6-2 win (snapping a three-game losing skid) over the Florida Panthers proved costly for the Chicago Blackhawks, losing goalie Corey Crawford to a groin injury in the first period. No word yet on the severity.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Obviously they’re hoping it’s only a minor sprain. Losing their best goalie for a lengthy period could be a serious blow for the Blackhawks.
TWINCITIES.COM: Josh Harding made 37 saves backstopping the Minnesota Wild (who managed only 13 shots) to a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Harding is among the early favorites for this season’s Vezina Trophy. He’s been outstanding so far this season.
WASHINGTON POST: Goals by Jason Chimera, Steve Oleksy, Mikhail Grabovski and Eric Fehr lifted the Capitals to a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers.
NOTE: Game recaps involving Canadian NHL teams can be found in “Canadian Corner”.
NJ.COM: Long-time Devils goalie Martin Brodeur isn’t ruling out the possibility of returning for another season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That probably won’t thrill Cory Schneider.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier is out 3-4 weeks with a back injury.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars rookie Valeri Nichushkin could be a star on the rise in Dallas.
MLIVE.COM: Young guns Tomas Tatar (nine points in his last eight games) and Gustav Nyquist (seven points in nine games) “have made the Detroit Red Wings faster, more dynamic, better offensively and harder to play against.”
NBC SPORTS: No hearing is planned for Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis’ slash on Bruins forward Chris Kelly, who suffered a broken ankle from the incident.
ESPN.COM: The NHL Board of Governors meetings kick off today in Florida. Among the agenda items is a projection of next season’s cap figures, a presentation on hybrid icing, and talks about the upcoming Sochi Olympics.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Former Sabres enforcer Andrew Peters is feeling the effects from his profession.