League-leading Blues fall to Ducks…Rangers pad lead with win over Red Wings…Hurricanes trip up Panthers…Sidney Crosby’s return impressive…Shane Doan suspended…Sharks face shrinking odds of making the playoffs…Mikko Koivu returns to Wild lineup…Mike Green adjusting to Capitals system…Avalanche streaking…Lightning rookie challenged to improve his game.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks kept their faint playoff hopes alive with a third period rally to down the league- leading St. Louis Blues 4-3.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers captain Ryan Callahan potted the winner in overtime as the Blueshirts edged the Detroit Red Wings 2-1.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Eric Staal scored twice as the Hurricanes won their fourth straight with a 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers, moving the Hurricanes to within five points of eighth overall Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference with eight games left.
PITTSBURGHLIVE.COM: Joe Starkey on Sidney Crosby’s impressive performance since his recent return from injury. Whether you love Crosby or hate him, there’s no denying he’s posted up impressive numbers in his return, and he hasn’t even scored a goal yet.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan was suspended for three games for elbowing Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn in the face on Tuesday. Y’know, for someone who’s a Christian, Doan’s play is anything but Christian-like, as this is his second 3-game suspension in as many seasons. When Jesus said, “Turn the other cheek”, he didn’t mean turning the other guy’s by elbowing him in the face.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: The Sharks odds of making the playoffs are shrinking.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu is returning to the lineup in hopes of salvaging whatever positives he can from this disappointing season.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals defenseman Mike Green is getting used to playing Dale Hunter’s system and his performance is improving as a result.
DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche are getting hot at the right time as they jostle for a playoff berth in the very tight Western Conference standings.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning rookie Brett Connolly is being challenged to improve his game.