Blues set team record in blanking the Coyotes, Penguins down Devils, Predators move into fourth in the West, Bruins put Ducks on brink of playoff race elimination, Ovechkin leads Capitals to victory over Wild, Islanders down Panthers in a shootout, league fines two players, and is silent on announcement of Quebec City constructing a new arena.
STLTODAY.COM: Brian Elliott made 20 saves en route to his 8th shutout of the season, as the Blues blanked the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0, setting a franchise record for most shutouts in one season (14) and spoiling the 1,000th career game of Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Sidney Crosby made amends for a bad pass resulting in a Devils goal by scoring a highlight reel one of his own, as the Penguins downed the New Jersey Devils 5-2. Speaking of the Devils, today marks the 20th anniversary of Martin Brodeur’s NHL debut.
TENNESSEAN.COM: The Nashville Predators moved into fourth overall in the Western Conference, with a convincing 6-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
WASHINGTON POST: Alexander Ovechkin potted his ninth goal in seven games, and goalie Braden Holtby made 28 saves for his first NHL shutout, as the Capitals blanked the Minnesota Wild 3-0, effectively eliminating the Wild from the playoff race.
NEWSDAY: The Islanders rallied twice to tie the Florida Panthers, then went on to a 3-2 victory via shootout.
DENVER POST: The NHL has fined Colorado Avalanche forward Chuck Kobasew $2,500.00 for charging Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome.
KUKLA’S KORNER: The NHL has fined Phoenix Coyotes forward Alexandre Bolduc $2, 500.00 for slew-footing San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe.
CANOE.CA: The NHL has issued no comment on yesterday’s announcement a new, 18,000 seat arena will be constructed in Quebec City. As I noted yesterday on Twitter, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has said that building a new, NHL-ready arena doesn’t guarantee a city an NHL franchise, but you’ve gotta think it certainly doesn’t hurt the odds.