Jamie Benn injured in Stars loss to win over Flames…Blackhawks snap losing skid…Coyotes win physical game over Kings…Blues down Islanders…Flyers crush Sabres…Antti Niemi earns coach’s wrath as Sharks fall to Lightning…Wild winless skid reaches six games…The status of Bryan McCabe…First sentence handed down for Vancouver Stanley Cup riot.


Benn fortunate to avoid serious injury.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars leading scorer Jamie Benn was injured in their OT win over the Calgary Flames, when he was cut on the leg by the skate blade of Flames defenseman Mark Giordano.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fortunately for Benn and the Stars, he’s not expected to miss any playing time. It could’ve been much more serious.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks nine-game losing skid is over, as they downed the NY Rangers 4-2 courtesy of early goals by Jonathan Toews, Nick Leddy, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Should be interesting to see if they can now build on this win and get themselves back on track.

WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals embark on a four-game road trip against Detroit, Chicago, the NY Rangers and Boston which could prove crucial to their playoff hopes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While it’s only mid-February, this stretch against tough competition could be the tipping point for the Capitals season.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: It was old-school hockey time in Los Angeles, as the Phoenix Coyotes edged the Kings 1-0 in a fight-filled affair.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This one had the air of a playoff game, and for good reason, as both clubs are divisional rivals trying to secure post-season berths.

STLTODAY.COM: The Blues rebounded from a listless loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, whupping the NY Islanders 5-1.

PHILLY.COM: The Flyers ran roughshod over the Buffalo Sabres with a lopsided 7-2 victory, though it came at a price, as Daniel Briere was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Wayne Simmonds was struck in the mouth by a puck in warmup, cut for 25 stitches, but played and picked up two goals in the win.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yet another reason for Flyers fans to love Simmonds.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi was ripped by head coach Todd McLellan for slopping play as San Jose fell 6-5 in OT to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild’s winless skid stretched to six, falling to the Winnipeg Jets in a shoot-out 4-3.

MIAMI HERALD: Former Florida Panthers defenseman Bryan McCabe said he has no plans to play again, adding he’s “unofficially retired”. He’s currently working as a scout for Panthers GM Dale Tallon.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for talk of an NHL team signing McCabe before the trade deadline.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The first sentence has been handed down on a participant in the Vancouver Stanley Cup riot, with potentially hundreds more participants facing convictions.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those rioters arrested and charged are learning a lesson the hard way: Actions have consequences. Enjoy your jail time, criminal record, and subsequent bureaucratic red tape applying for a pardon in ten years time, kiddies!