Game recaps, Henrik Lundqvist and Jarome Iginla reach notable career milestones, Evgeny Kuznetsov finally joins the Capitals, Pat LaFontaine breaks his silence and more.
STLTODAY.COM: T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen scored in a shootout as the St. Louis Blues edged the Minnesota Wild 3-2. The win gives the Blues first overall in the NHL standings.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were the goalscorers as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the Buffalo Sabres 2-1. Drew Stafford tallied the Sabres’ only goal.
BOSTON HERALD: Jarome Iginla scored his 550th NHL goal as the Boston Bruins thumped the Florida Panthers 5-2.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Henrik Lundqvist collected both his 300th career NHL victory and 49th career NHL shutout in blanking the Detroit Red Wings 3-0. Chris Kreider scored twice in the victory.
NOTE: NHL games involving Canadian teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars will turn to recently-acquired Tim Thomas as Kari Lehtonen is day-to-day with a head injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The wisdom of Stars GM Jim Nill’s acquisition of Thomas last week should become clear if he plays up to expectations while Lehtonen is sidelined. It could keep the Stars’ playoff hopes alive.
WASHINGTON POST: The waiting is over for the Capitals, as highly-touted young forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has finally joined the club, participating in his first practice on Sunday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Capitals jockeying for a playoff berth, Kuznetsov could face lofty expectations from Washington fans. If he’s as good as believed, he could be the key addition which helps them clinch a post-season spot.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: Eric Duhatschek reports overtime changes will be among the topics at this week’s meetings of NHL general managers. They’ll also discuss tweaks to the video replay rule.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s also believed the GMs will receive an update from the league on next season’s salary cap. Kings GM Dean Lombardi last week claimed the cap could be lower than originally projected, possibly around $68 million rather than $71 million.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Former Sabres president of hockey operations Pat LaFontaine spoke publicly for the first time since his recent departure from the Sabres. He shed no light upon the reasons behind his departure but confirmed he was returning to his former job with the NHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: LaFontaine reportedly signed a non-disclosure agreement so it’s not surprising he didn’t go into detail for why he’s no longer with the Sabres.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Pat Leonard with a refresher on the new NHL playoff system.