Recaps of Sunday’s NHL games featuring American NHL teams, an update on Evgeni Malkin, Patrick Marleau reaches a scoring milestone and more.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE/NEWSDAY: Chris Kunitz had a hat trick and Sidney Crosby collected five assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins thumped the NY Islanders 6-1. The Penguins also learned star forward Evgeni Malkin is out one-two weeks with an upper body injury.
DENVER POST/SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Matt Duchene scored in the last second of overtime as the Colorado Avalanche downed the San Jose Sharks 3-2. The loss was a tough one for Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, whose 400th career NHL goal sparked his team to erase a 2-0 deficit to force overtime.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes winger Tuomo Ruutu could be cleared to practice by March 15, over one month earlier than anticipated. Ruutu’s been recovering from December hip surgery.