Game recaps, including the Blackhawks downing the Penguins at Soldier Field, Jaromir Jagr and Alexander Ovechkin reaching notable NHL milestones, and much more.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Jonathan Toews scored twice as the Chicago Blackhawks thumped the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 in a snowy game before nearly 63,000 fans at Soldier Field. The game marked the first time Toews and Team Canada teammate Sidney Crosby faced off against each other.
NJ.COM: Jaromir Jagr tallied his 700th career NHL goal as the New Jersey Devils routed the NY Islanders 6-1 amid speculation the game may have been Martin Brodeur’s last with the Devils.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jagr became only the 7th player in NHL history to reach the 700 goal mark, joining Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Brett Hull, Marcel Dionne, Phil Esposito and Mike Gartner.
WASHINGTON POST: Alexander Ovechkin scored twice, including his 43rd goal of the season and the 800th point of his career, as the Washington Capitals doubled up the Boston Bruins 4-2.
TBO.COM: Martin St. Louis scored twice and Ben Bishop made 39 saves as the Tampa Bay Lightning downed the Dallas Stars 4-2.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Mike Richards, Alec Martinez and Justin Williams scored to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
PHILLY.COM: Wayne Simmonds scored the game winner and Luke Schenn notched the insurance goal as the Philadelphia Flyers downed the New York Rangers 4-2.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Jack Johnson collected three assists as the Columbus Blue Jackets dumped the Florida Panthers 6-3.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers are reportedly on the verge of re-signing forward Brad Boyes.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Pat LaFontaine has resigned as the Sabres’ president of hockey operations amid speculation he was forced out in a front office power struggle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Just when it seemed the Sabres’ soap opera days were behind them, this happens. Tough to be a Sabres fan these days.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings will retire Nicklas Lidstrom’s number during a ceremony on Thursday night.