Edmonton’s Sam Gagner ties Oilers record in big win against Blackhawks…Healthy Mikael Samuelsson helping Panthers…Flyers Wayne Simmonds stars in win over Predators…Red Wings Dan Cleary needs his knee drained…Dustin Penner to eat pancakes for charity…Hurricanes sweep season series against Bruins…Sharks win third straight…Avalanche lose fourth straight…Lightning five-game win streak snapped by Jets…Sabres on pace for dubious team record…NHL apologizes to Blue Jackets for game clock malfunction.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers center Sam Gagner became the first player to pot eight points in a game in 23 years, as the Oilers downed the Chicago Blackhawks 8-4. That’s right, Gagner factored in each goal by the Oilers, and was named the game’s first, second and third star. He tied a team record, joining Hall of Famer Oilers Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey, who also accomplished the feat.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Gagner said, it was one of those nights where everything he touched either went in, or set up a goal by a teammate. The last player to score 8 points in a game was Mario Lemieux.
MIAMI HERALD: A healthy Mikael Samuelsson has seven points in his last ten games for the Florida Panthers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Samuelsson continues at this pace, and stays healthy, his performance could alleviate the Panthers need to bolster its secondary scoring.
PHILLY.COM: Wayne Simmonds scored twice, and moved to within one goal of his career-best 16 goals, as the Flyers downed the Nashville Predators 4-1.
MLIVE.COM: Red Wings forward Danny Cleary needs to find time to have fluid drained from his left knee, a procedure which could sideline him for a week.
LA KINGS INSIDER: Kings forward Dustin Penner will participate in a local charity event whereby a lucky fan can eat a pancake breakfast with him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Penner took some flak from fans after he threw out his back earlier this season sitting down to a pancake breakfast. Nice to see he has a good sense of humor and is willing to use a situation which made him the target of fan mockery for a good cause.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes swept their season series with the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, shutting out the Bruins 3-0.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some pundits are wondering if the Hurricanes have “a blueprint” for beating the Bruins that other teams could emulate. Perhaps, but I think this is also a case where one team just has the other’s number.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: Ryane Clowe scored in his return to action as the Sharks downed the Dallas Stars 5-2 for their third straight win.
DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche suffered their fourth straight loss, falling to the struggling Minnesota Wild 1-0.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning’s five-game win streak came to an end, as the Winnipeg Jets beat them 2-1 in overtime.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bolts still pick up a point, putting them nine point out of a playoff berth.
BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres are on pace to potentially score the fewest goals in a season in franchise history.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The NHL has apologized to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a game clock malfunction which resulted in a recent 3-2 loss to the LA Kings. The league will investigate the situation and has promised to implement corrective measures to ensure this doesn’t happen again, but it’s cold comfort for the Jackets, as the game result will stand.
CBC.CA: This year’s “Hockey Day in Canada” telecast, set for February 11 from Summerside, PEI, will be the busiest one yet.