Recaps of Sunday’s all-American NHL games, plus the latest on Mikhail Grigorenko.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW/TAMPA BAY TIMES: Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos each had three-point performances, but it was Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins downing Stamkos’ Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3. Crosby also set up rookie Beau Bennett’s first NHL goal, which turned out to be the game-winner. Stamkos leads Crosby in the NHL scoring race 29 points to 28. The Penguins, meanwhile, were without Evgeni Malkin, who recently suffered a concussion and is expected to miss their current road trip.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/DENVER POST: Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry teamed up to score the game-tying and -winning goals as the Anaheim Ducks rallied from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to edge the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 in overtime. Francois Beauchemin collected four assists in the Ducks win. Cody McLeod, P.A. Parenteau and John Mitchel were the scorers for the Avs. The Ducks will face off against the LA Kings today.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Corey Crawford made 28 saves and Andrew Shaw scored the only goal as the Chicago Blackhawks nipped the Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0, extending their season-opening record of most games without a regulation loss to 18.
BOSTON HERALD/SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Zdeno Chara’s spinarama goal was the highlight of the Boston Bruins 4-1 win over the floundering Florida Panthers. Tuukka Rask made 34 saves for the win. It was the Panthers 7th loss in their last eight games, and their fifth straight at home. Panthers first line center Stephen Weiss was benched in the third period.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The more the Panthers and Weiss struggle, the more the trade rumors about the latter will grow.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM/NEWSDAY: Four goals by Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Bobby Sanguinetti and Alexander Semin rallied the Carolina Hurricanes from a 2-0 deficit to down the NY Islanders 4-2. Semins enjoyed a three-point night, while Sanguinetti’s goal (his first in the NHL) was the winner. Matt Moulson and John Tavares tallied for the Islanders.
PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers will try to reach the .500 mark tonight when they square off against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It will mark the homecoming for Leafs forward and former Flyer James van Riemsdyk, returning to Philadelphia for the first time since he was deal to Toronto last summer for Luke Schenn.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres rookie Mikhail Grigorenko is working to get up to speed at the NHL level.