Game recaps, including Jaromir Jagr reaching another scoring milestone, the Lightning honor former captain Vincent Lecavalier, the impact of the NHL’s new TV deal with Rogers on the salary cap and more.
STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues pushed their winning streak to five games with a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche, snapping the Avs winning streak at 3. Alexander Steen scored his 20th goal of the season in the victory.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Phoenix Coyotes ended their 3-game losing skid with a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild, who lost forward Mikael Granlund early in the first period to injury. Backup Thomas Greiss made 28 saves for the win.
MLIVE.COM: Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist and Niklas Kronwall each had a goal and an assist as the Detroit Red Wings thumped the Boston Bruins 6-1.
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Joe Thornton scored in the eighth round of a shootout as the San Jose Sharks edged the LA Kings 3-2. It was Thornton’s first shootout goal since 2007.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well, Thornton is more of a playmaker than a sniper.
TBO.COM: Vincent Lecavalier scored a goal and was honored in his return to Tampa Bay, but it was Victor Hedman who stole the show with two goals as the Lightning downed Lecavalier and the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The New York Rangers held off a late surge by the Florida Panthers for a 5-2 win, while Michael Del Zotto watched from the press box as a healthy scratch, fueling the trade rumors dogging him in recent weeks.
THE TENNESSEAN: Gabriel Bourque, Matt Cullen, Nick Spaling and Ryan Ellis each had two points as the Nashville Predators blanked the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0.
NJ.COM: Jaromir Jagr moved past former teammate Mario Lemieux with his 691st career NHL goal, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the New Jersey Devils from falling 4-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes. Devils netminder Cory Schneider voiced his frustration as Martin Brodeur made his third straight start.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Schneider’s frustration is understandable as he was in a backup role for much of his time with his former team in Vancouver, but with a living legend like Brodeur playing well, the Devils coaching staff were going to ride the hot hand.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin suffered a broken tibia and could miss four-six weeks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for the Matt Niskanen trade rumors.
NBC SPORTS: The Anaheim Ducks have re-signed forward Nick Bonino to a three-year, $4.7 million contract. Bonino’s off to a good start to this season, with 16 points in 27 games, already closing in on his career-high of 18 points.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres claimed forward Matt D’Agostini off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle estimates the NHL’s new broadcasting deal with Rogers Communications could push the salary cap as high as $100 million by the time the current CBA expires in 2022. He projects it could push the cap up to $75 million for 2015-16.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the struggling franchises will get a share of that broadcasting money, it’s still going to be very difficult for those clubs to keep pace with a rising salary cap, especially if the Canadian dollar remains around par with the American dollar.
SPORTSNET: The concussion lawsuit against the NHL has grown to 200 players.