Game recaps, Martin St. Louis to replace Steven Stamkos on Team Canada, plus the latest on Kris Letang, Lubomir Visnovsky, Marcus Johansson, Anton Khudobin and more.
STLTODAY.COM: T.J. Oshie tallied in overtime as the St. Louis Blues edged the Boston Bruins 3-2.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Robyn Regehr scored in overtime as the Los Angeles Kings snapped a four-game losing skid with a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
DETROIT NEWS: Daniel Alfredsson tied Nicklas Lidstrom as the second-highest scoring Swede in NHL history as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Florida Panthers 3-1.
TWINCITIES.COM: Nino Niederreiter’s overtime goal lifted the Minnesota Wild 3-2 over the Nashville Predators. It was a rough day for the Predators, as GM David Poile was struck in the head by a puck and their play-by-play man Pete Weber is recovering from a heart attack.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for Poile and Weber.
PHILLY.COM: Steve Mason made 38 saves to carry the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Flyers owner Ed Snider, meanwhile, is no fan of the Winter Olympics. “I hate ’em”, he told a reporter, taking time to slam Team Canada for not selecting Flyers forward Claude Giroux.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Snider’s opinion about the Olympics is one that is believed shared among other NHL owners, who haven’t found NHL participation in the Olympics to be that worthwhile to improving the league’s visibility in the North American sports market.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
TAMPA TRIBUNE: Tampa Bay Lightning captain Martin St. Louis was selected to replace his injured Lightning teammate Steven Stamkos on Team Canada.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No offense to Claude Giroux and his fans, but St. Louis this season is the better player.
NBC SPORTS: Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson has reportedly been selected to replace injured forward Henrik Sedin on Sweden’s Men’s Olympic team.
NEWSDAY: The NY Islanders won’t give medical clearance to defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky to participate in the Sochi Olympic for Slovakia. Visnovsky has only recently returned from a concussion.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang remains sidelined with a “mystery illness”. It’s uncertain how long he’ll be out. The Penguins have no intention of trading Letang.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins are keeping Letang’s illness under wraps for now. That’s only going to generate unwanted speculation about his condition.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Anton Khudobin’s play is helping to keep the Carolina Hurricanes in playoff contention and could make it difficult for returning starter Cam Ward to get much playing time.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Khudobin’s play also raises questions about Ward’s long-term future in Carolina.