Game recaps plus the latest on Evgeni Malkin and Semyon Varlamov, Jason Arnott retires, and more.
STAR-TELEGRAM.COM: Former Bruins Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley scored in a shootout to lift the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 victory over their former club. Seguin was booed by the Boston fans every time he touched the puck in that game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Must have felt good for the pair, especially Seguin, to get the win over the club which traded them.
WASHINGTON POST: Alexander Ovechkin marked his return to the lineup with two goals and an assist as the Capitals thumped the New York Islanders 6-2. The Capitals power-play scored four times on six opportunities.
BUFFALO NEWS: The struggling Sabres got a much-needed psychological boost with a 5-4 shootout upset win over the San Jose Sharks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks are among the best clubs in the league this season, so this was a big win for the Sabres. It probably won’t turn their season around but should give them something to build on.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Manny Malhotra capped his return to the NHL with an overtime goal lifting the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, snapping the Hurricanes five-game losing streak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen how long Malhotra remains in the NHL, but the story of how he worked his way back is an inspiration.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams can be found at “Canadian Corner”.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Despite the Penguins strong start, star Evgeni Malkin is trying to regain his scoring touch, having gone goalless in eight straight games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With 13 points in 15 games, Malkin is at nearly a point-per-game pace, but this goalless drought is unusual, especially if he’s not hampered by injury.
DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov insists his personal life won’t interfere with his play. Varlamov was arrested last week on domestic violence charges and was released on bond.
NBC SPORTS: cited an interview by CBC’s Elliotte Friedman with 960 Sportsnet, suggesting the Avs traded Steve Downie because he was unrepentant over drilling team captain Gabriel Landeskog during a pre-season practice.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If true, that would certainly make a more logical explanation for the trade.
TSN.CA: The NHLPA claims the Calgary Flames mandate its players must wear protective foot and ankle equipment could be in violation of the CBA.
NHLPA: announced long-time NHL star Jason Arnott has retired after 18 seasons, with 938 points in 1, 244 games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Arnott’s best seasons came with the New Jersey Devils, where he scored the Stanley Cup winner in overtime of Game Six of the 2000 Cup Final. He was hampered in his later years by injury, particularly by concussions.