Blackhawks snap Ducks’ winning streak, Blue Jackets down the Capitals, plus updates on Alexander Steen, Martin Hanzal, Alex Tanguay, P.A. Parenteau,Tomas Tatar and Benoit Pouliot.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Marian Hossa scored twice as the Chicago Blackhawks doubled up the Anaheim Ducks 4-2, snapping the latter’s eight-game winning streak.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Ryan Johanson, Cam Atkinson and Jack Johnson each had two-point performances helping the Blue Jackets down the Washington Capitals 5-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jackets have won seven of their last ten, including five in a row, and sit only two points out of a wild card berth.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues star Alexander Steen returns to action tonight against the Anaheim Ducks. Steen missed 11 games to a concussion.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Steen was among the league’s leading goal-scorers at the time of his injury. It’ll be interesting to see how quickly he regains his scoring touch.
USATODAY.COM: Phoenix Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal was fined $5,000.00 by the NHL for high-sticking Vancouver’s David Booth on Thursday.
DENVER POST: Injured Avalanche forwards Alex Tanguay (knee, hip injury) and P.A. Parenteau (knee) are close to returning to action.
DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar returns to action after attending his father’s funeral this week in Slovakia.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers forward Benoit Pouliot has improved since his December 10th benching, with 12 points in his last 17 games.