Kris Letang sidelined indefinitely…Nicklas Lidstrom out with foot injury…Michal Neuvirth making the most of latest opportunity….Corey Crawford’s up-and-down year…Mathieu Garon gives Lightning solid goaltending….A costly, landmark win for Flyers…Coyotes unbeaten streak snapped…David Krejci carries Bruins to OT win…Ryan Miller gets second straight shutout…Rangers down Hurricanes 3-2…Blue Jackets shut out Avalanche…Gary Bettman talks expansion and Quebec City.
POST-GAZETTE.COM: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is sidelined indefinitely with likely concussion suffered after he was hit by Dallas Stars defenseman Eric Nystrom during Wednesday’s Penguins-Stars game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s Letang’s second concussion this season, and is not only a blow to the Penguins, but a serious threat to his health.
MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom will miss at least two games with a bad bone bruise to one of his ankles.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals backup goaltender Michal Neuvirth is making the most of his opportunity this season, taking over for a struggling Tomas Vokoun.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Inconsistent goaltending has been a problem this season for the Capitals. If Neuvirth provides more stability, that could give the Capitals more confidence down the stretch.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford is puzzled by his struggles this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After a strong rookie season, it appears Crawford is struggling to adjust to heightened expectations and his own confidence.
TBO.COM: Mathieu Garon has been providing the now-surging Lightning with solid goaltending, which they’ve lacked most of this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’ll need him to stay hot the rest of the way if they hope to play their way into a playoff berth.
PHILLY.COM: Jaromir Jagr moved into eighth overall among NHL’s all-time points leaders (1, 641), and Kimmo Timonen netted his 500th carer point, as the Flyers downed the NY Islanders 6-3.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was a costly win, as oft-injured forward James van Riemsdyk suffered a broken bone in one of his feet.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Phoenix Coyotes 12-game unbeaten streak came to an end, falling 4-2 to the Calgary Flames.
BOSTON GLOBE: David Krejci scored a hat trick as the Bruins downed the New Jersey Devils in overtime 4-3.
BUFFALO NEWS: Ryan Miller made 39 saves on route to his second straight second, as the Sabres downed the San Jose Sharks 1-0..
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Marian Gaborik scored his 30th goal of the season and Martin Biron made 21 saves as the Rangers edged the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH:Much-maligned goalie Steve Mason made 33 saves as the Blue Jackets defeated the Colorado Avalanche 2-0.
SLAM! SPORTS: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said relocation of struggling franchises like the Phoenix Coyotes is a method of last resort. He also said the league isn’t planning on expansion at this time.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, to a city like Quebec City hungry for an NHL franchise: “Don’t call us, we’ll call you”.