Feisty Hartnell leads Flyers over Penguins…Blackhawks down Capitals…Backes, McDonald won’t miss much time to injuries as originally feared…Time running out for Red Wings to get healthy…Panthers will rely on Theodore for rest of the season… Sharks have improved under new first line…Varlamov growing comfortable in Colorado…Sabres have little room for failure…Reality starting to settle in for Lightning.
PHILLY.COM: A feisty Scott Hartnell scored the game-tying and game winning goals as the Flyers snapped the Pittsburgh Penguins 11-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Rookie Andrew Shaw scored twice as the Blackhawks downed the Washington Capitals 5-2.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues forward David Backes doesn’t have a fractured foot and will travel with the club on its three-game road trip, though he still might miss some games, while Andy McDonald appears to be healing quickly from a recent shoulder injury.
DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings are running out of time to get healthy before the playoffs, with”Nicklas Lidstrom, Johan Franzen, Darren Helm, Jonathan Ericsson, Jakub Kindl and Joey MacDonald out of the lineup.”
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers intend to ride the goaltending of Jose Theodore over the remainder of the season as they push for their first playoff berth in 12 years.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: The San Jose Sharks are 3-0-1 since Joe Thornton, Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski formed their top line.
DENVER POST: Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov’s performance has improved as he’s grown more comfortable with his new team.
BUFFALO NEWS: With only ten games left in the season and sitting 10th overall in the Eastern Conference, the Sabres have little room for error.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Reality is settling in for the Lightning that they won’t make the playoffs this season.